I’m a little concerned. Is it Romney, or is it just me? Has religion suddenly leapt to the fore of the presidrntial race? I guess anything is possible in a society as mixed up as ours, but can it be reasonable to elect someone based on their religious beliefs? Pardon me while I hop up on my pulpit.
let’s start with a laymans definition of faith. Most religions are faith based, so this is a good starting point.
Faith: Believing in something that can’t be proven. Pretty simple. Not real complicated. Would anyone like an example?
Example 1: While there is no proof that tarot cards can really tell your future, many people believe in them.
Let’s do another
example 2: while there is no proof that their are humanoid life forms on other planets, many people believe in them.
Let’s call in the hounds and head it on home to bowlegs now.
example 3: Though there isn’t a shred of evidence that there is a supreme being, many people believe in one.
Number one is no sillier than number two is no sillier than number three. In fact, if you believe in any of them they aren’t silly at all. They also do not lend you a special insight into the running of a nation, any extra knowledge on how to deal with the leaders of other nations, nor do they improve your ability to make a tasty bologna, mustard, and chitlins sandwich.
Its not important. In fact, were it up to me religion would almost always be a negative. Religious doctrine, all of them, are riddled with violence, intolerance, and draconian strictures. The strictures are so binding that a truly devout man would make a horrible leader. would you like an example? No? Tough
Example: Jimmy Carter
Example: Adolph Hitler
Example: Golda Meir
Example: The Ayatollah Khomeini
I could go on like that until tomorrow, but we’d be no closer to the end of this post, and I’m striving for it.
Mitt Romney is a mormon. What did you think? 90% of the people that hear the word mormon think “polygamy.” Those who have read up on it so they can slam him know much more. What they don’t realize is that the same brush they use to spread the tar that holds the feathers on old Mitt, can be used on any of the others as well.
What makes a christian a good choice as a president? If you said nothing you are correct. What happens if a true christian gets in the white house? A Ron Paul, or a Mike Huckabee? Hell, Mike is a preacher. Will they fight to end abortion? Will they try to make adultery a felony? Will coveting be a crime? Man I hope not because I confess I have been known to covet my ass off from time to time. Will a catholic president out of bitterness go after the lutherans? You laugh my friend, but it’s been done. This nation was settled by people who were fleeing religious persecution. If I’m not mistaken it was those two factions.
What about Barack? He is a christian, but his name is pure muslim. What if he’s elected, and then converts to islam? does Shariaa law become something he wants enforced? Shall we lop off hands for theft? How about stoning for adultery. Maybe a little bif bam boom for not wearing your abaya when you walk out in public ladies?
What about hillary? Would opus dei try to whack her? They seem to be all about a patriarchal society? Or would she rewrite scripture ala Dale Brown, and raise up Mary Magdalene?
Back To Mitt. Would he really make me have two wives? I work damn hard not to have any, but I know i’m supposed to be fruitful and multiply under virtually every religion on earth.
None of that is likely to happen. We have what we call seperation of church and state. It’s more of a euphemism for “incredibly rich churches don’t have to pay there fair share,” but we do have it. The point I make in my overly wordy way, is that religions are not inviting if you don’t belong to them. They are not inclusive, are not tolerant of other ideals. They are probably the number one cause of wars since time began.
Oh yeah. they are based on faith. Let’s elect the man in the moon. There is no basis for him existing, but i have faith that he does.
Being religious is not a bad thing. It tends to make one an instant hypocrite, but other than that it’s not so bad. Religion is no barometer on how good a person is though, and shouldn’t be a primary concern when casting your vote. I’d vote for the guy that worships Roscoe the wonder bunny if i think he’s the best man for the job.