30 Days of Truth, Day 19 : What do you think of religion? Or what do you think of politics?
Almost two-thirds complete! On with another entry in the 30 Days of Truth series!
What do you think of religion? Or what do you think of politics?
I am not a fan of organized religion. Faith I have no issues with; I think every person should have faith in something, whether it be the inherent wonder within the natural world or the innate value of every human being or the great invisible sky bully. Okay, maybe I have a slight problem with people who believe in one Great and Mighty invisible divine being that can never be seen, felt, heard, or even proven to exist. Faith without reason to help balance things, to encourage thought and introspection and inspection of the dogma, becomes fanaticism. Fanaticism is often dangerous or oppressive. Faith that ignores reason is worse; a blind adherence to some Holy Book at the complete disregard to provable, repeatable theorems is akin to madness, and certainly gives rise to ignorance.
Politics, when handled properly and with the betterment of society and the citizenship therein, can be a good thing. Staunch partisanship meant to “hold party lines” when such stances cause further damage to already weakened situations is maddening. I often wonder how the current system in the U.S. devolved to the point where all everybody seems to do is yell into reporters cameras while pointing fingers at the other side. Politics used to be considered the art of compromise, but now it seems to be more the school for the deaf and the blind. Neither side seems to want to see how things outside of the Greenbelt really works, nor will they listen to anybody who will tell the story. It’s saddening.
I still firmly believe that politics and religion should not mix. I don’t care if a member of political office is a Christian, Muslim, Buddhist, Pagan, Druid, Hindu, Atheist, Humanist, or any other religious affiliation. Somebody’s belief system isn’t any of my business, insofar as that office holder is able to separate religious dogma from secular progress and safety. If the religious dogma states that every person should allow hair to grow without ever cutting it, but the secular and modern world holds to no such standards, I expect the office holder to hold public policy in line with modern themes instead of trying to infuse policy with the dogmatic stance. After all, we no longer insist women on their periods remove themselves from all human interaction until they’re again “clean”, nor do we insist that every farmer who plants two different crops in the same field be stoned to death by the entire town.
Politics can serve a purpose, as can religion, but the two really do need to stay out of each other’s yards.