Friday, December 21, 2007

Religion and Politics

Christians forget that the separation of church and state is to protect religious freedom, not to demote it.

It is my opinion that the Christian beliefs that G.W. Bush demonstrates has hurt the Christian religion more than it has helped it. To see one man's political errors, his crimes against humanity, and his lies and distortions of reality for political maneuvering that has cost more American lives than what we lost during 9/11 is to see how the Christian Faith is exemplified in the world. I claim that neither G.W. Bush behaves in anyway subject to the teachings of Jesus, his favorite philosopher, nor should the Christian Majority embrace him or any other leader who uses their moral or social frustrations as a tool for political power. But it is the fault of those religious leaders who pressure politicians and press their followers to vote in one way or another.

And, they are still at it.

That the House of Representatives would pass legislation in order to legally promote one religion only sets the stage for further action for other religions. We are a fair nation. Justices will soon hear federal cases whereby Islam, Judaism and Paganism will demand to be recognized. (So they should be in this religiously political nation.)

This slippery slope is the fault of greedy-for-political-power Christians who could not see the best interest of their own faith and their country. The exaggerated persecution from right wingers (the hyperbolic "War on Christmas") and right-wing anger at keeping religious traditions out of public schools are essentially to blame.

Here is H. Res. 847:

"That the House of Representatives --

(1) recognizes the Christian faith as one of the great religions of the world;

(2) expresses continued support for Christians in the United States and worldwide;

(3) acknowledges the international religious and historical importance of Christmas and the Christian faith;

(4) acknowledges and supports the role played by Christians and Christianity in the founding of the United States and in the formation of the western civilization;

(5) rejects bigotry and persecution directed against Christians, both in the United States and worldwide; and

(6) expresses its deepest respect to American Christians and Christians throughout the world."

So here we go. One more step toward fanatical fundamentalism. Has not Osama Bin Laden and his crusade to fight "the heretical religion and to enforce his own" taught this nation anything? When we fight "The War on Terror" what are we doing if not fighting a religiously intolerant group of discontents who would like to see their religious leaders in power everywhere.

So we become that which we loathe. Hm, what an old story. Ironic, isn't it?

Shame on the House. Shame on "supposed" Christians. Would the real Christians quit serving in soup kitchens, helping the poor and doing acts of kindness in order to stand up to these substitutes and speak back?

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