October 25, 2004

Here's the (Political) Thing

I'm not against elected officials having a religion (or a 'faith' as we seem to be calling it these days). I'm not opposed to elected officials using their religious beliefs to help them make decisions. I'm not an atheist.

From what I know of most religions, they teach pretty good things. The whole 'love thy neighbor' thing, I'm a fan of that. Most religions are at least somewhat based upon doing good things for others, and being an overall nice person. Now, these are things that we should be doing without needing a religion to suggest it to us, but really, however you get it, that's fine.

Having a good set of morals, caring about people, and having faith in one's self are all very important to being a leader. Having a religion doesn't necessarily mean that you have these qualities, anymore than having a puppy makes you considerate of cleaning up your dog's poo, but it does give a bit of a push in that direction.

What I am against is the legislation of religious ideas. Our country was founded by religious people, but they understood that religion and government should not intertwine. The government should not intrude into the workings of the church, and the church should keep out of government affairs.

About 56% of the people of the United States are Protestants. A leader that legislates, or works towards the legislation of, religious ideas could assume that since a majority of people are Protestants, that there should be a law that everyone must have ash on their forehead on Ash Wednesday. Now, they certainly have the majority, but is it -right-? No.

The idea that gay and lesbian people should not have the same rights as heterosexual individuals is a religious idea. This is an issue of faith, and just because the majority of the religious beliefs in the U.S. suggest that homosexuality isn't right, it is wrong to put this into law. It's just as absurd as mandated ash.

Don't push your religious ideas on me, don't make the Constitution of the United States (or of a particular state) your missionary. You may be in the majority, but that doesn't mean that you have the right to push people around. Love your neighbor, don't limit them. Reach out to other people, don't create a divide.


At 10:21 AM, Momma Lee said...

Amen, Brother! ;)

What gives these people the balls to think they're right and everyone else is wrong has always been a mystery to me. There are things in this world that are black and white, wrong and right - but matters of faith are not among them. They are BELIEFS. If you want to convince someone that your way of living is better than their's, then live your life as a role model. Forcing people into following your "way" is not going to work. We built this country in part because we were being forced into a specific religion . . . why are we losing that sensitivity now? Why have we become a cold, hard, intolerant nation? I have one possible answer:

A culture of fear.

At 10:54 AM, Kyle said...

I'm reminded of a line by the great Tom Reagan, which reads, simply, "Nothing more foolish than a man chasin' his hat."


At 2:40 PM, Kyle said...

Also, of course, I agree. Well put!

(Sorry about the previous comment. My bad)


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