Politics and Religion

So most folks know I started out working on a degree in politics while actively involved in campaigning and ended up a decade later finishing with a degree in religion and very active in my local religious community. Here’s the problem though: I believe everyone has the right to think and believe whatever they want up to the point where they are infringing on same such right of others.

Unfortunately tis the season for elections, specifically the presidential election which always brings out the real crazies. Now see John and I are both moderates. He’s a moderate conservative and I’m a moderate liberal. We don’t agree on everything but we respect each others right to disagree. We agree on more than we disagree. Religion isn’t much different. He was raised Lutheran and is Christian and I’m an animist which, for those of you who weren’t paying attention, is a pagan spirituality. However as above we agree on more than we disagree.

Here’s the thing though. While I am a very accepting person I can not accept the raving lunacy I see coming from the extreme fringes. And I’m not pulling punches here, both sides are guilty as hell. As I’ve said before politics is all one big pile of BS with their hands in all the same pockets, just different flavors depending on what’s popular with their respective fringe at the time. And religion is a man-made construct. That which created us is far greater than us and we are limited by our human experiences and languages to try and define it and answer the primal questions. I don’t care if you call it God, Allah, Yahweh, Goddess, mother, father, or Frank. It’s more important THAT you believe than to get your panties in a twist because someone else calls it something differently than you do.

And yes, as I mentioned, it’s that time of year. And I keep hearing the term “war on religion” thrown around. Bullshit. When you try and force your religion on others, try to pass legislation to make your religion’s mandates the law for -everyone-, and then recoil and attack when those who do not agree protest then YOU are the problem. YOU are the warmonger. Please do us all a favor and either learn to behave yourself or retreat back to the rock from which you crawled out from.

And take your Tea with you, thanks.

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