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NOT ENOUGH RELIGION IN POLITICS
NOT ENOUGH RELIGION IN POLITICS
"There is not enough religion in politics." I heard that while sitting at a fund raising event for a non profit interested in raising literacy among the poor children of Austin.
I was happy to be a part of the group until I saw the key note speaker was a retired Republican legislator. But I recognized him for having been a good guy among the lot of thieves. I did not agree with his statement at first glance but then he explained his comment.
He said the religious right has selective memory, and only intrudes on our civil liberties when they feel passionate about certain issues. They want to ride the highway of moral authority when it comes to telling us that marriage should be between a man and woman only, that a woman has no right to decide what happens to her body when she becomes pregnant, that we have the right to put people to death...the list goes on and on and on. But the religious right has no passion for the poor, the hungry, the huddled masses yearning to be free...they only care about the issues they care about.
Not enough religion in politics...if our legislators were true Christians they would not be voting to decrease the growth of spending: for those wanting to borrow more money for their college educations, for those needing assistance in programs that serve the handicapped, elderly and poor, for giving single parents the resource to get the absent parent to pay child support for their child, etc. If there were more religion in politics, they would remember that Jesus wanted to help the poor and not add to the wealth of the rich.
Not enough religion in politics...I did not think I would ever say it...but the man has a point. I only wish now that he was not retired, we need more Republicans like him.
1/2/2006 12:56 am
Simply a brilliant well written article. Cudos!|
1/2/2006 9:44 pm
Thanks for all your comments, I sincerely appreciate them. I am passionate about my religion and my politics and although you might think otherwise from what I wrote, I am an advocate of the separation of church and state. When I say church, I do mean all forms of religion, even atheism...our government should try to keep religion and state separate. If they ever do try to integrate religion into the state, then they run the risk of having to include all religions, even atheism. |
The main point of the blog entry was to emphasize that legislators, especially if they call themselves Christian, should vote as WWJD (what would Jesus do) and vote on legislation to help the poor and hungry, and not to decrease the funding for social programs especially when we are increasing funding on other non-social programs. Would you ask your boss to cut your salary? If not, then why are we giving tax breaks which is the government's salary or main funding by asking the rich to pay less in taxes when they already get a big cut by only having to pay into Social Security up to the first $150,000 of their income. Additionally, on the corporate side, not only are local communities giving corporations a free ride to come into their areas by giving them tax deductions that regular home owners cannot get, but also the federal government has increased corporate welfare by doling out tax incentives to corporations, such as Haliburton, KBR, Wal-Mart, etc.
I do want to address a couple of things though that might have been taken out of context...
I recognized the key note speaker who was a retired Republican legislator as a good guy among the lot of thieves...when I said "the lot of thieves" I was referring to legislators no matter if they are Republicans or Democrats. Cases in point are the investigations into corruption in Congress where Tom DeLay (former House majority leader) has been indicted, Bill Frist (Senate majority leader) is under investigation, and Jack Abramoff (high powered lobbyist) is about to reach a plea agreement with the Justice Dept and testify against members of Congress, executive branch officials, and other state politicians (including DeLay) because he has information that might lead to impeachments (one being Ohio's governor) and other various indictments. Sounds like "the lot of thieves" to me and I don't care what side of the Congressional aisle they sit on, if they are corrupt they need to be taken out.
When I referred to the religious right, I should have been more specific and said the Christian Coalition, aka Christian Coalition of America. You can Google "Religious Right" and check out their website. This is their agenda for 2005 as listed on their website as their mission:
1. Protect religious television programming
2. Passing Pres Bush's Social Security reform (with personal accounts)
3. Making permanent Pres Bush's 2001 federal tax cuts
4. Protecting parental notification rights for abortions on minors
5. Get a vote on Smith's "Unborn Child Pain Awareness Act"
6. Get a vote on the Marriage Protection Amendment
7. Changing votes on the "Human Embryo Destruction" bill
8. Passing Jones' "Houses of Worship Free Speech Restoration Act"
9. Supporting increases for abstinence-only funding in schools
10. Passing Bartlett's First Amendment Restoration Act
11. Passing Shelby's/Aderholt's "Constitutional Restoration Act of 2005"
12. Seek vote for Akin's/Kyl's "Pledge Protection Act" bill
13. Passing Brownback's/Weldon's anti-cloning bill in the Senate
14. Helping to pass "Holly’s Law" to take the RU 486, abortion pill, off the market
15. Passing the "Reaffirmation of American Independence Resolution"
Did I misunderstand their mission? Or does anyone see on their agenda to help pass any legislation to help the poor, hungry, elderly, disadvantaged...? Need I go on to make my point any clearer?
Once again, thanks for your comments. I love to hear from you, even those who I agree to disagree with.
1/3/2006 2:11 pm
Morality and Politics (Business Interests) have seldom walked hand-in-hand in our system of government.|
News Flash ‒ A Washington Lobbyist just pleaded guilty (01/03/06) to Federal charges based on the direct exchange of money for votes (exceeding lobby laws). There are some deceitful dogs that will be leaving their soft jobs in congress and spending time with some of the CEO’s they assisted in the of the America public.