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Posts tagged: religion
The first amendment of our constitution states that no law shall be made respecting an establishment of religion. This means just that- no one religion reins our country. We pride ourselves for our freedom and our ability to choose. We are supposedly a mixing pot of a nation, home to people of all ethnicities, shapes, sizes and beliefs. However there is corruption in what values we started to build on. In our country, Christianity and Catholicism seem to believe they hold a right to everyone else’s moral choices, especially in government. This is exactly why the law of separation of church and state needs to be enforced more strictly.
This is not a matter of who is right in their beliefs; it’s a matter of equality. If we are to hold the position of a free country that is truly diverse, we can not have one religion holding a blatant position of authority over others. That is not equal, it is almost tyrannical. There are many different religions in our country, including people who don’t hold onto a religion at all. When governing a country and creating laws, one’s beliefs are actually very important, because they can guide people’s actions. The religions that seem to be in power in this case have very strong beliefs and the followers of them reflect this.
When does one’s religion become a problem in governing others, though? Well, we can take a look at other countries for a bird’s eye view of sorts. Countries in the Middle East take their religion very seriously, by the book and word for word. Women are not allowed to drive or even show their faces in certain places. To us this looks like a huge violation of human rights, but to them, it’s completely normal. You can be imprisoned for being gay or speaking against the church. We see this as an extreme, but is it really that far off from some of the things we’re doing in the name of religion in our government?
In a lot of schools, notably in the south, prayer and religious teachings are nothing new to be seen in public facilities. This is illegal, but it still goes on, and people who challenge the schools have gotten ostracized and cast out. Jessica Ahlquist, a teenager from Rhode Island, won a battle to get a religious banner taken down at her school, and in effect was harshly criticized. Note that students hold every right to express their faith; the problem is that the school administrators and teachers hold no right to teach from a specific religion. Students can even hold clubs to show their different faiths.
Often in local news, conservatives have been pushing for creationism to be taught in public schools. Again, if in a public facility, and filled with different creeds, to impose a specific one would be unfair. Either have a world religion class or leave teaching theology to the parents. While there is nothing wrong with knowledge- in fact knowledge should be foremost important- often times there is a bias when teaching theology. Children should not be kept ignorant of different beliefs, but at the same time it’s wrong to impose one’s beliefs onto other’s children in a place that is meant for facts.
Human rights is a largely debated topic in regards to relation to religion. For instance, the debate for marriage equality seems to be mostly opposed for religious reasons, saying that it is “immoral” to them. More importantly, it is debated in government buildings using religious arguments when this is not a religious issue. Marriage is nothing more than a legal binding of two people. Abortion is also debated using the same arguments when religious statements should not play a role in deciding how people live their lives.
There was a recent lawsuit from Hobby Lobby, a craft store chain, because of the Obamacare law that they provide contraceptive health care to their employees. Of course, because of their religious beliefs, they refused to do so. Because this is a for-profit company, there was much debate as to whether they had a right to “exercise their religious freedom” or not. On one hand, they do have the right to believe whichever religion they chose, on the other, they have dependants that work for them that may or may not be of the same faith, and in refusing to provide the health care, are imposing their beliefs on their workers.
Health care in large businesses aren’t all that’s affected, either. When a Michigan woman’s water broke at 18 weeks, she went to a local hospital, and instead of even telling her the risks that came with trying to continue the pregnancy, the hospital sent her home. She returned again with an infection, eventually going into labour and the fetus dying. Why did they let this happen? The hospital is following a set of rules created by the US Conference of Catholic Bishops that catholic sponsored places like this hospital are supposed to adhere to. The article says “the Directives are put above medical standards of care.”. What’s sad is that this woman was lucky, because there are other stories where the women are denied pregnancy termination in life threatening situations, and die, because of the hospital’s religious views. People’s lives are being risked because of religious priorities.
The overwhelming bias in this “religious hierarchy” even affects voting. The constitution states that no religious test shall be given to get into any office. It is true, there are no tests, but people are clearly in favour of religious, specifically Christian, candidates than other faiths and especially non-believers. Their faith shouldn’t dictate their ability to govern, but the bias talks.
The problem seems obvious; every side sees their side as facts. The lines between religion and government seem to blur, and when a separation of the two is proposed, the believers feel threatened as if we are trying to sensor them and tell them that they’re “wrong”. This is not necessarily the case. This is not a debate about whether or not their beliefs are true. No one is trying to disprove their deities or prove another’s. We are trying to make people understand that there are many beliefs in this country, and to be fair to the other humans around us, there needs to be a separation of the church and the state.
wheres that gif of cartman eating tennermans tears when i need it? :(
"oh thank the lord i didnt get hit!"
BITCH THERE WERE 7 BILLION OTHER PEOPLE ON THE PLANET THAT THAT CAR DIDNT HIT, WHAT MAKES YOU THINK YOU’RE SPECIAL
"oh dont bother calling the cops, theyll get their karma"
From what I’ve always understood, karma is good and bad energy. When you put good energy into the universe, you get it back, and when you put in bad, you get bad. I think this is true to a point; if youre nice to everyone, most people will like you and you’ll have very few enemies. If youre a cunt, people will be a cunt back for the most part. But to both of those sides there is still a flaw:
"good" people can be nice to everybody, but bad people dont like that, so this backfires. plenty of bad things happen to good people
"bad" people can be mean to everybody, but other bad people will join them as their friends. plenty of bad people go free
Babies. Babies have done nothing wrong. they have no karma and no way of giving it. Yet bad things still happen to babies. they get sick, they die.
There is, from this little deduction of mine, no such thing as karma. deal with your problems and just be a nice, fair person
do people from the middle east or in islam-majority areas have out of body experiences with allah or the christian god
oh shit son
There's actually a lot more than three but ill try. 1. No proof/doesn't make sense to me. 2. Conflicting evidence, passages, and other religions/gods. 3. The terrible things done because of religions with deities, not just Christianity
No proof? Ha! Clearly you haven’t met people who have survived something they should have died in.
But they said “can you see an atom that’s not a cartoon?”
Yes it’s called a microscope >_>
Put bibles in the fiction section
Their race plays absolutely no role in their ability to govern and make decisions, their beliefs and morals do
Id be way more grateful to see an atheist/agnostic/Buddhist in the government than non-whites.
Sadly for our shitty country, that isan accomplishment. -_-
edit- lol mazie is Buddhist. well there ya go you should be celebrating that not her asian-ness xD