Sep 19, 2009 8:15 PM GMT
One of the first things christian children and converted adults are taught is to trust and obey, not to question the "word of god". Catholics have a saying that goes something like "give me a child until age 12 and he/she will be a Catholic the rest of their lives" not always true, but there does seem to be some truth to the statement among religions Christian or others. As I've observed through life its becoming more and more apparent that religious people are far more likely to 'trust and obey' whatever their preachers or polititians tell them as long as the 'word of god' is invoked. As long as they are told its so they seem to buy into it without question, little or no self exploration of the facts. (for instance death panels, or the birthers movement) Is it the Christian belief system of "trust and obey" that drives them to remain in ignorance at the peril of their own interests? (Example-== After all isn't it in their own interests to question some government taking their sons and daughters to war whether or not that government says God is on our side. this phenomena is by no means new in societies though either) There's many more examples of christians jumping on and claiming as their own, whats told them by pliticians claiming the christian montra, its not a problem only among christian right republicans but its much more prevalent. I've read of many moderate republicans who are concerned that this christian right dogma of intolerance has taken over the party to its own detriment. Take a look at this weekends agenda for the Republican Value Voters Conference, On the agenda is the "new Masculinity, and a topic on tharting the Homosexual agenda in our public schools. These topics and discussions are alarmingly devisive to say the least, and yet many of our own gay friends here on RJ back this party of Republican Politics against their own interests also. Is the Christian value of "trust and and obey" behind Chrstian gays backing republicans too? Religion and its affect on Politics is a dangerous mixture in my mind both now and historicly. What do you think?