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Religion and Politics

24 Jul

Probably one of the oldest debates known to man: Should religion and politics go hand in hand, or never be considered together?

Before I continue, I should point some things out. I am a christian, I believe in God. I’ve read the bible and I am a left-wing libertarian. I suppose this makes me biased. Maybe, maybe not.

Let’s start with the average day beliefs. A good relevant example of religion reigning over politics is the Gay Rights Movement. Many conservatives and republicans are known to be closely associated with faith and not support gay rights. This is because they think homosexuality is a sin, because that’s what the bible says. So, as politicians, they make the decision that everyone should be heterosexual, and anything else should be illegal. Basically, if you’re happy and different, stop it, because then you wouldn’t be a model cookie cutter citizen in the eyes of a republican. Modern day society is hardly the same as it was 50 years ago, where if you weren’t at church on sunday morning in your best, then you had to be sick at home. We are all surrounded by many different cultures and religions, immigration is bringing so much diversity into our westernized atmospheres.
Using religion to make decisions as a politician in modern-day society just does not work. Doing that is assuming everyone is ruled by said religion, when, a large amount of the population differs in beliefs.

When I’m thinking about politics, I push all thoughts of religion aside. We do not live in a theocracy, and we should not pretend like we do. As I mentioned, the diverse cultures we are surrounded by have different beliefs, and I would never, as a politician decide that what I believe is the only way. Everyone deserves happiness, I’m not going to be someone who denies such a basic right to humanity.
Often this belief gets many challenges. How could I be a Christian and support what is wrong and sinful? Everything comes down to morals, I happen to believe everyone should be happy, and that everyone deserves equal rights. Happiness isn’t a sin.

Isn’t it funny how those who preach homosexuality is a sin, are sinners themselves?
In this day, people are fueled by greed, they lie and cheat to get to where they wish to be. Are those not sins?
If you preach it, you better practice it.


Let’s Talk Gay.

27 Jun

I was baptised as a Catholic. I grew up in a Christian atmosphere, I went to sunday school, got a bible, and I’ve even read the whole thing. I support same-sex marriage and homosexual couples. This fight isn’t a question of “Does the bible condemn this?” but a fight of morals.
In the Hebrew bible, it says “Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is an abomination.” (Leviticus 18:22) and  “If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.”(Leviticus 20:13). This has been interpreted to be condemning Homosexual couples, and it certainly does look that way. But in Romans 1:26-27 it says “Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another.” This passage is debated to go either way, some say that it is not a blanket condemning homosexuality at all. It is also arguable that Paul’s writings are ostentatious because of his support for slavery and his oppression of women.
I have always found this verse interesting though: Do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived! Fornicators, idolaters, adulterers, arsenokoitēs, thieves, the greedy, drunkards, revilers, robbers, none of these will inherit the kingdom of God. And this is what some of you used to be. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God.” (1 Corinthians 6:9-11) I’ve interpreted this as, you can commit your sins, but if you repent, go to confession etc, you can still go to heaven. Now arsenokoitēs has been loosely interpreted to mean homosexual or sodomites. I believe you can take god in your heart and still love your own sex. Jesus only condemned the “abusive-sex” between same-sex, and has said nothing about homosexuality being wrong if it is in a loving, caring way. Something else comes to mind with this verse aswell, how many “Christians” and “catholics” who keep on fighting homosexuality have committed other sins? Aren’t there scandals all the time with republican politicians sleeping with other women, or mistresses? How can they still preach the bible if they are greedy, and steal, lie, and commit adultery? These things seem to be a lot worse than a simple couple wanting to get married and live their lives together.

This really lies within the person. You can choose to break away from what has been preached, you can choose critical thinking over being told what to think. Read the bible, interpret things for yourself, and even then, if you still believe homosexuality is wrong, at least you found out for yourself. I’m not asking anyone to believe its right and okay, just to find out for yourself. All you can do is try.