Religion and Politics

Nicole - posted on 01/31/2011 ( 10 moms have responded )

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Are religion and politics separate? Should they be?

My opinion:
“Give a man a fish; you have fed him for today. Teach a man to fish; and you have fed him for a lifetime”—Author unknown

Charity is not the main responsibility of the faithful. To give only charity is to serve as a crutch for people who would more useful walking on their own two feet. It is more important for religious practitioners to focus on the strengthening of their community through political involvement.

It doesn’t matter what we do, or how we feel about politics, we will be involved in it. We cannot escape that reality. Politics are not unavoidably corrupt and dirty, especially if people rooted in their beliefs and genuine concern for the welfare of their community members are paying attention and playing an active, vocal role in the creation of a better society.

It is impossible to say that politics do not affect you. If you are in touch with your values and beliefs, it will be impossible to say that you are politically complacent. To see something is wrong, and do nothing, is to become part of the problem.

Spiritual leaders and practitioners alike need to become advocates for the vulnerable members of their society. Spiritual education should involve theory and it’s practical applications, as with any meaningful study. Religious institutions are not separate from the community they are based in.

Power corrupts and involvement in politics should be grounded in values and beliefs. Religious institutions can offer support and guidance for members who are involving themselves in politics.

Spirituality is not an escape from reality but a perspective from which is form values and beliefs about the world that inspire action.

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Rosie - posted on 02/01/2011

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religion has no place in politics. what i find alot of religious people don't understand is that those who are without religion are just as moral as the rest of society. if not more actually. morality has nothing to do with religion.

religion only clouds peoples decisions, since alot of what is considered "right" to a religious person isn't right for society as a whole. examples are homosexual marriage and abortion. if you use religion as your base for politics, homosexuals are not equal, unfortunately this is happening all over america, except a few states. how is it right that gays should sufer because someones religion says they should?

abortion is thought by many religious to be murder. according to the law, and science, it is not.

religion in politics has NO place, and i'm disgusted that it's floating around so freely in my country.

Krista - posted on 02/01/2011

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I think that it is impossible to ask the faithful to separate their faith from their religious views. From what I've seen, for the devout, their faith colours their viewpoint on pretty much EVERYTHING, and they can no sooner set it aside than they can stop their own hearts from beating.



That being said, I think that there should be safeguards in place to ensure that politics, in general, are not dictated by religion. If you have a town council in place where every member is a devout Christian, there MUST be safeguards in that town's constitution or charter to ensure that citizens who are NOT Christian are not treated unfairly by town officials, or that Christians aren't given preferential treatment.



And of course, that applies on a national scale as well. Most western nations' governments are designed with safeguards to prevent tyranny of the majority, so that the minority is still treated fairly and equally by their government.



So does religion have a place in politics? Well, as long as politicians are human beings, there's no way to truly eliminate it. But should religion dictate politics? Abso-freaking-lutely NOT.



Edit: I just realize my first sentence made NO sense. I meant to say that it's impossible to ask the faithful to separate their faith from their political views. Bah.

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Desiree - posted on 02/03/2011

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And never the two shall meet. Firstly they couldn't be further apart from each other. Politics has one set of rules while religion has another.... Although sometime if you really think about it they are both very good at dreaming up a story when needed or stretching the truth to suit their particular wants at the time. HMmmm! makes a person think does it not?

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Religion and politics SHOULD NOT and don't have anything to do with each other, but unfortunately some people don't know how to seperate the two.

Nicole - posted on 01/31/2011

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I also think people, religious and otherwise should be active in calling politicians on their bs

Nicole - posted on 01/31/2011

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I agree that he should have been thinking rationally but I wonder if he would have behaved the same way if his belief was based on something other than religion.



What I'm saying is that I do not think religious people should be complacent in their moral obligation to support those less fortunate; "by providing passive assistance otherwise deemed useless and unproductive, rather than being proactive in looking for the root of the problem."

Sal - posted on 01/31/2011

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i don;t think that his personal beliefs should of played any part in the decision, it should of been a decision based on who would fill this councelling service best and who would benifit the callers, a passionalte belief in a cause is great, but a polition should represent the country/state that he was elected impartially and not have his own beliefs have an impact on the outcomes.

Nicole - posted on 01/31/2011

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Do you think the result would have been different if the federal health minister had been pro life but not religious?



Passionate belief can cause someone to try to effect change but is IMO better than passionate belief leading to someone complaining, doing nothing and curling up and going to sleep

Sal - posted on 01/31/2011

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politics and religion should be seperate, unless you live in a one religion country they should not cross paths, i'm not saying that anyone with a deep religion should not be in politics but their relgious views should not impare their political ability to serve their position and all their constituants...for example a few years ago the federal health minister was a very devoted catholic, no biggy educated man dedicated to his position until he had to fund an infomation/help line for girls and women about sexual health and abortion, the funding went to a religious organisation who were anti abortion, it was an information and help line so the callers could make an informed decision and i doubt an organisation who were anti abortion could give impartial information, which is what was required. may be this group was the best choice for the funding but i will remain skeptical about it as i know how religous this minister was.

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