This is one of those topics that causes so much angst for a myriad of reasons and one I sometimes would rather eat beef; something I haven’t done in almost thirty years deal with the intestinal fallout, than talk about. It’s not that I’m afraid, it’s just that it’s a never ending conversations that feel like I’m in a revolving door.
Politics is that Necessary Evil we have to live with because we have to have order in a chaotic society, but I find it’s the politics that cause the chaos. Each party is like a prostitute peddling its wears and those who find their goods…read words, the most attractive wins… The proverbial, Lesser Evil. Each one has their own agenda; even the most good-hearted, but it’s all a smoke screen because rarely are they actually able to accomplish what they hope too while rallying support.
I’m a registered Democrat, but find they’re in their own way doing damage just as the Republicans are. Corruption, lies, sex, bigotry, bias in its many forms is an equal opportunity pollutant and we need to be honest about that because regardless of party affiliation, a politician is still; albiet typically a poor excuse for one.
Religion has become the bedfellow of politics because they’re has become little separation of the two even though the Constitution states something akin to the separation of Church and State. We’ve got religious leaders, priests, reverends making dictations on morality, humanity, and integrity while they, too are doing things contrary to what they preach. Catholic Priests seem to be taking center stage in the sexual abuse scandals, but trust and believe it’s happening with Christian Reverends too. This is where I’ve come to draw a definitive line in the sand and not allow myself to make dictations on another’s life when a church leader; someone who claims to be committed to God and their religious teachings can’t and doesn’t live by them.
This is one of the things that cracks me up…
So many Americans want God to bless America yet don’t want “God” in schools, on currency, or anywhere save for church. How does hat even make sense? God is an omnipotent presence so I’m curious to know exactly this works. What the sticker should say is that we want God in selective places.
Now, that’s a funny one too because people are, in my opinion, using that as license to humiliate, hurt, use, and control people. Religious Freedom to me, is allowing people to practice their chosen faith without negative fallout or consequence. I don’t feel it affords anyone the right to exaggerate their faith in an oppressive way, but they should be allowed to use it wisely…well, that, too is subject to interpretation.
I don’t think any one religion is better than another. I feel that each has the basic tenets in them, which is to be loving, kind, compassionate, and live life without malice. Sadly, we all know that this isn’t always the case and there are those who use their religion in an extremist way; however, that is the person and not the religion.
In closing, I say this…we’re all subject to something or someone who abuses that which they claim to be good for “the people” with politics and religion being the two paramount things where this occurs. Somehow, we as people have to learn how to properly govern ourselves and our actions. We have to learn to not simply be sheep led by who sounds the sweetest. I think it’s extremely important for us to learn more about what’s being sold to us in life’s bill of goods in order for us to have sound and valid opinions on things that affect us. I would be remiss if I didn’t say this…To those who insist on saying “God doesn’t like gays” obviously doesn’t know God because nowhere in any religion does it condemn love…Just a thought!
Yea, I said it!