A New Religion Called POLITICS! Should You Join?
Church and State Should Separate!
Sometimes, the one place people can run to in order to escape the stresses of everyday life is into the arms of their beloved religious site, which now incorporates complimentary political hassles on the side for them to deal with as well! Whenever I go to my temple, I walk up to the door that is lined with bells. People say that when you open the door, God will hear you come in, but God does not necessarily know what is going on inside the temple when the bells are not going off. Yes, religion is located inside the temple; however, obnoxious politics reside there too. This sneaky materialization of politics does not just happen here, but it seems to be happening everywhere. No matter how many times it has been mentioned in history, it seems that church and state will never separate.
Politics residing within religious sites has been going on ever since our founding fathers, yet it seems if they could not stop it, we are hopeless as well. Since politics started primarily in churches, it has escalated and spread into the religious sites of other religions. The Hindu Temple of Greater Chicago has been a non-for-profit organization since 1977, when their mission statement was "To establish and maintain Hindu Temples built and serviced in the traditional Hindu style, to establish and maintain a Community Center, to promote Hindu Dharma (religion and traditions) and culture, to promote inter-religious, social, and cultural understanding, and to support humanitarian causes." Interestingly, no where in that mission statement does it say to eventually integrate politics to the point of drastic conflict within the temple. From what I have seen in temples and churches, it seems that the emergence of politics within these holy quarters is inevitable.
Church and state are supposed to be two separate entities, yet politics has interfered with religion a lot within these past few years; one of the big debates being about gay marriage. Gay marriage is against the rules in some religions, yet it is not against all of them. President Bush was an avid pusher on the law against gay marriage. "I never want to impose my religion on anybody else" Bush stated during the October 13th Presidential Campaign in 2004. "But when I make decisions, I stand on principle, and the principles are derived from who I am. I believe we ought to love our neighbor like we love ourselves" said Bush. Bush's statement does not exactly sound true to his words and after being elected, he was pushing to ban gay marriage onto America. In a recent study according to the Pew Research Center, nearly 60 percent of young adults feel that conservative Christians have gone too far in trying to impose their religious values on the country.
Politics can be there to interfere on the opinions of gay marriage, yet politics was not necessarily there on the topics of molestation charges within the church or even Obama's trouble with this faithful church and minister. Much of the publicity on the charges for Catholic priests and bishops were kept at a hush hush level. Political interference was a minimum as victims of these charges were offered money, $500,000 each to be exact. This extracted more than $30 million dollars from the Catholic churches, yet many church goers were unaware of this settlement. Obama also received much heat from people about his words towards his church minister, yet none of these criticisms were political. From this, many people get that politics chooses which topics it would like to interfere with, without any consequences.
Now that the scandalous information has gotten out to some kind of public, what can you do about it? Can we just let politics within our religious sites keep going on? I believe temples, churches, and mosques are supposed to be places of religion and prayer. Maybe even social gatherings, but without politics. How many times have you walked into an interesting weird debate when you were inside, lets say, church? Yes, corruption is everywhere, (unfortunately), but instead of ignoring, people can do something about it. Many say that things like this just don't change. If our founding fathers couldnt stop it from happening, are we necessarily screwed? NO, we are not. Think about it. People used to think that the earth was flat, but guess what.....things change.