“Separation” of Church and State (Part 1)


RELIGION.

POLITICS.

When you’re governing a state, what should the focus be?

Let’s see what’s been going on in the world lately:

  • ISIS – religions and people affected by the terrorist Islamic extremists:
    • Coptic Christians
    • Jews
    • U.S.: Capitalism, Democracy
  • Conflict in the Middle East between Israel and Palestine: will it ever be resolved?
  • U.S. Policies on abortion, gay marriage, and so on.

Now think of our world’s history with God(s), religion, war, death, and existentialism.

So tell me: are people capable of separating their religion and beliefs of God from their governance?

The answer is simple: no.

So is there a solution?

The answer is not so simple: it’s complicated.

Let’s take the U.S. for example: how do many republicans get their majority of votes? They play the religion card for the midwest and southern red states (yes, a huge generalization, I know, but bear with me now). I understand that religion affects people’s morals: what they believe to be right and wrong for humanity, so it can be correlated with policies that involve life, death, and marriage. However, would the world cease to exist if the government involved nothing to do with religion, life, death, and marriage – only in terms of policies relating to gay marriage, abortion, the right to die, and the death penalty?

For now I’m just going to leave you all with this:

 

3 thoughts on ““Separation” of Church and State (Part 1)

  1. This will always be a topic that is extremely difficult to answer, since religion plays such a strong part in shaping our morals. Something that seems so obviously wrong to me might not register the same feelings for someone else with a different religious upbringing. In an ideal world, we wouldn’t have this issue, but hey, the world is a wack place, haha.

    Very nice article Adi! Great use of pictures as well. ~

  2. Fact: god doesn’t exist. It’s embarrassing that in 2015 we still have people who get their morals or attempt to govern using fiction. The more a candidate believes in god, the less likely I am to take him or her seriously. The answer is simple. Theists should be lumped in with other climate change deniers, anti-vaccination nincompoops, anti-abortion activists, and the whole lot of Bad Ideas. However, religion, the cancer, should be off center like music tastes, race, gender, operating system choice, cat or dog decision, and other personality elements. The totality of a person shouldn’t rest on one facet of their personality.

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