Religion and Politics
Ok, on my obsessive tour of the blogosphere I came across this post at Kerckhoff Coffeehouse where Doctor Bean and company maintain their abode. BTW, there are those people out there who are under the mistaken impression that the picture in the profile is the esteemed doctor, it is not.
And again on a side note I enjoyed my time at UCLA much more because of Kerckhoff.
But the real point of this post is to comment on the post I linked to and more specifically is to comment on this:
‘By the way, Mike, good for you for trying to inject some religious spirit into politics. But remember, when it comes to issues you mention such as abortion and gay marriage, you’re gonna have to get your buddies to come up with a better argument than “religion doesn’t belong in politics.”
I disagree with that. If you look at the First Amendment you can see the beginning of the separation of church and state. It is a necessary and very important component of the fabric of society within the U.S.
This ties into why I find the use of religion as an argument for why Israel should keep Gaza to be problematic. I don’t believe in the Koran. I believe that the New Testament is a work of fiction.
And at the same time I expect others feel this way about the Torah and other Jewish theology. I am not offended by their lack of belief.
But I think that this is a critical concept to get across. If we are negotiating terms for an agreement they should be based upon a foundation that we can all accept, not upon things that only fragments view as being truthful and accurate.
From a religious perspective I view Israel as property of the Jewish people, but in good conscience I cannot expect others to feel the same way. So when I look at a situation like Gaza I draw upon the reasons that are not based upon religion and there are plenty.
When I look at various issues within the U.S. I don’t spend a lick of time worrying about what Judaism or Christianity or anything else say about abortion because we do not live in a theocracy.
The point is that we need to look for common ground to stand upon and build a consensus.
Now at the same time I think that there is truth to what Ralphie says and that to a certain extent you are going to find religion in politics. It will help mold and shape your opinions on things, but I think that there are and should be limits to its influence.