December 7, 2007


Joe Conason

I should be working, I know. But. This is a brilliant piece from Joe Conason in Salon. He nails what drives me crazy about U.S. politics, and in many ways, here too.

Why, why, why is religion part of the political process? How does someone rip the world apart, spy on his own people, torture at will and bankrupt his own nation, but reassure his sheep that because he does to church each Sunday, he's still a decent guy? How can we hoot and holler at the fundamentalists that are holding other countries in a death grip based on fanatical ideas, yet not see that we practice hypocrisy here by requiring, or worse yet needing, to know what you believe in the spiritual arena?

In some circles of readers, I've been accused of being anti Christ. Or even being the Anti Christ. Whatever. I despise political candiates that prop their religious beliefs in front of me as proof that they will somehow make better decisions because of it. Nonsense.

Keep your labels. Good and decent people contributing to a community, and country, they want to make better is the only thing I care about.

2 Comments:

Anonymous buzzwhack said...

The "Politics & God Combo" goes way back before McDonalds. You can trace it back to yankee industrialist, Cotten Mather, who believed his faith in Providence was made him so successful. At the same time you had Plymouth Rock Puritans, Quakers and who knows what else making a new start in USA.The reason this one will never go away is no matter what belief you hold, it usually permeates into your actions if you hold those values dearly. Separation of Church and State can work about 80 percent of the time but there's always that 20 percent left over....I don't see a solution.

December 07, 2007 10:53 AM  
Anonymous Ave said...

Rick Warren is quoted as saying, and I truly agree..."the reason more people aren't becoming Christians is, because they haven't met one...or because they have."

Ghandi has also stated, "I love your Christ, but I do not like your Christians."

My advice...do not use humans as an example of Christ. Read the Bible.

December 10, 2007 11:41 PM  

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