OK, I admit it. I was proud in 2008 when North Carolina became a Blue State as it showed we are making progress as secular, logical human beings and not be blindly driven by Religion. Not that there is anything wrong with the values taught by most major religions, however I feel that religion and politics do not and never should be mixed. It is widely known (if you didn’t know, it is well documented in historical written communications by almost all of them) that the majority of our Founding Fathers were atheists. ** Corrected – True they were not atheist as we define it now, but they were all non Christian Deists, which is generally viewed by the pious masses as just as bad.
Government should focus on the needs of the people and use logic and knowledge to properly govern the society. Yet it seems that the conservative right and even moderates are continually turning a blind eye to science and relying on their religion for information regarding areas of great importance.
The point that I am trying to make is that we should use factual knowledge and logical decision making in approaching each political issue. Example: We know that drinking alcohol impairs our ability to perform basic physical and mental tasks, thus driving a vehicle or operating dangerous machinery while impaired should be avoided. No one can dispute that fact, as basic biological science explains why this impairment occurs.
However when it comes to religion in general, all the earth is just making a best guess at the existence of God and all dogma’s that are associated with them. We don’t know for certain, that is true fact, much of anything other than some characters mentioned in historical religious texts actually did exist. We don’t know which religion is the correct one if any at all. So why are we basing our opinions on critical social issues on what we think a deity or their half human offspring might want us to do!
To think that just this month North Carolina voters went out in force and voted to add a ban of homosexual marriage to our states constitution even though it was already against the law, just boggles my mind. When I asked a few of the people voting for the amendment, all the answers I got were like: because the bible says its wrong or God doesn’t condone it so it must be wrong and thus it needs to be double banned! Wow all this is just based on a guess that the bible is the true word of God. Just a thought, what if it’s not? I would imagine most folks who voted for it are nice people in general and capable of feeling remorse and the like. So if they made the wrong guess, then all of them actively have taken freedom away from so many. Do they feel bad? Of course not because they KNOW what God wants! Give me a break. I do know they surely would be pissed off and feel scorned if the roles were reversed and heterosexual marriage was banned.
To add even more complexity to this issue, lets not forget that churches and the pastors and other staffers are paid from the donations of the congregation, and that the churches and all there money is tax exempt. Well the founding fathers also put something else into our constitution, it is called separation of Church and State. Since the two entities are supposed to be completely separate, the religious masses are not supposed to use their preaching from the pulpit to direct or influence voters. However that is exactly what is going on today, so since these
swindlers pastors and their churches are greatly effecting the very functioning of true democracy I say we should remove the tax exempt status from them all, we all know the economy could use the money!
It is due to this blind ignorance that bigotry is allowed to grow and flourish even within our youth which are general more intelligent that the previous generation. I hate seeing stuff like this:
In summary religion and homosexuality have something in common, they both are fine as long as you keep it to yourself. What you do at home sexually or what you believe in religiously, no matter how crazy it may seem to some, should have NO place in politics.
I know there is no chance NC will be a Blue State again this election year, but I hope that we can eventually remove this non-empirical approach to formulating opinions on social issues and in turn you would think it would improve the divide that currently exists in the county due to religious and political parity.
Tolerance and Peace are the tenants to be teaching to our youth, not religious fighting and political strife. Everyone on this earth has the right to equality. We are all equal, regardless of our beliefs, preferences, wealth, etc.