Politics and Relgion = Extremely Bad Mix
Politics Is Ammonia, Religion Is Bleach
Some people would argue that religion is like lye, and politics is like water and fat, and all together, they make soap. When making soap, you always add lye to water, and not the other way around, as it could splatter, erupt, or explode out of the container. In this analogy, you can add religion to politics, but you should never add politics to religion. Rand Paul, (allegedly) said recently, that just because you shouldn't mix politics into religion, doesn't mean you shouldn't mix religion into politics. But that is semantics nonsense, and that is not what the founding fathers said, (who were trying to avoid the countless mistakes made by England, the country they just freed themselves from, and from the mistakes made by other European countries, historic ones, still fresh in the minds of the founding fathers), nor is it what they ever intended anyone to suggest that they said, or endorsed, the mixing of religion and politics. They were quite clear on the subject, actually. And anyone who says we should add religion to politics, or politics to religion, is just trying to deceive, in order to promote and implement their own agenda --in the guise of trying to be helpful to all. Beware when they say "freedom", especially "religious freedom", because it's usually anything but. The founding fathers said keep them apart, church and state, not adding one to the other, ever. Ever. Ever. Not ever.
And that is because religion is bleach, and politics, ammonia. Both need to be handled with care, both are caustic and hazardous. Ammonia, is a naturally occuring chemical. Ammonia has a pungent distinctive odor, it smells like urine. Not unlike politics. Adding ammonia and bleach together produces chloramine fumes, a toxic chemical reaction that should be avoided, as it could seriously harm you. Bleach is quite harmful, and experts say, even a small amount, is toxic. Bleach should be handled with gloves. Handling religion or politics with your bare hands is also ill-advised. Getting ammonia, or bleach into the eyes could cause serious damage, even blindness. Not unlike politics or religion. If you do add ammonia and bleach together, if you're finding yourself overcome with fumes, but you can still get to a phone, dial 911.
And that's where we're at today. An emergency situation of having mixed religion and politics, the fumes making everyone gag. People getting harmed and/or killed all over the place, but they still keep mixing. Someone dial 911.
In history, sometimes mixing politics and religion just produced some unexpected consequences. But, sometimes, what resulted was something that was tragic, and epic, and it took generations to repair the damage, and restore the honor of whichever country or people were involved. Sometimes, mixing religion and politics resulted in the worst things that ever happened to anyone. The Inquisition happened from mixing religion and politics. Witch burning happened, on both sides of the Atlantic, burning people at the stake, because people mixed church and state. And it turns out that hardly any of the so-called "witches" were actually practicing witchcraft. Not that that, to a reasonable person, should be a crime punishable by death. Also the Nazi Empire was born from mixing politics and religion. That's right, church and state came together, and the baby that was born was Hitler and the Third Reich.
Still think it's a good idea to mix politics and religion? Take a look at any current bloodshed, any current oppression resulting in beatings or deaths, or internment camps, take a good close look and you'll find that's what happens when you mix religion and politics.
"Religious Freedom" does not mean the government has the ability to tell others what to stop doing, or to start doing, based on what someone thinks some religious book dictates. It is the freedom to do whatever reasonable thing you believe you should be doing with your time, or not doing, and not really worrying so much about what other people do with their time, or don't do. There should be one law only concerning "religious freedom", or any true freedom, and that's a law that states that any reasonable thing that anyone wants to do with their time, should be allowed, as long as it does not infringe on the rights of others. And anyone has the right to abstain from such activities. And that is it, that's where it should begin, and end. If not, it's starts to unravel in madness, it quickly devolves into chaos. When it begins, it begins with unfair regulations and laws and bylaws. People are allowed to put up signs that say whatever they want, it's their "religious right". Signs such as "Italians Need Not Apply", "Whites Only", "Jews Keep Out!", and "We reserve the right to deny service to gays." Perfectly legal discrimination and persecution against anyone who is "the wrong kind of people". And, eventually, that leads to the destruction of property, while the government looks the other way. It gets worse, and worse. And left unchecked and uncontested, it will lead to the harming, maiming, imprisonment, or killing of "the wrong kind of people", usually in a systematic, organized way, by "the right kind of people". That is what happens when you mix religion and politics.
Let's get rid of religion all together, that would solve everything. I'm not saying burn down all the churches and synogogues and mosques and temples, and all their religious books, set them on fire and roast marshmallows over the embers. I'm not saying that. I'm saying be spiritual, not religious.
How do you know the difference? Well, it's actually quite simple. Religion is about tradition, and ceremony, and outward appearance, what you can see and touch, the material world, money. Religion is about groups of people who are more concerned about what other people are doing, or thinking, or being. Religion is about the letter of the law, not the spirit of the law. Religion is exceptions, this person, but not this person. Spirituality, on the other hand, is accepting, of everyone, including yourself. Spirituality is about looking inward, examining yourself, not others, whether or not you are being the best kind of person you were meant to be. It's about the intangeable. Spirituality is about the spirit of the law, not the letter of the law. Religion is restricting, it is fear based, a demon hiding in every corner. Spirituality is freeing, it is love based, miracles waiting around every corner to be discovered. Religion is fear of the future, and regrets of the past. Spirituality is about right now. Religion is about never being good enough. Being spiritual is being a vessel of divinity, you are perfect, you are lovely, you are whole and complete, just the way you are. Spirituality is about love for yourself, for the divine, and for your fellow man. Religion is about hate.
So, if you think about it, if you've read the Bible, you've discovered that Jesus was very anti-tradition, very anti-ceremony, very anti-outward appearance, very anti-materialistic, very anti-fear, very anti-hate. Therefore, it's quite evident that Jesus was also very anti-religion. He had no patience for the religious, and didn't make it a secret about how he felt about them, not in what he said, or what he did to them. And at least one time, the religious felt the sting of his whip, as he overturned their change tables and threw them out of the temple. So it's odd that people built a religion around him.
I don't mind Christians who follow Jesus. Who would? Real Christians don't burn people at the stake, or round up people and gas them, or refuse to serve them in their establishments... because Jesus wouldn't do that. The point of being a Christian is to be Christ-like. In the New Testament, there was the time that a group of religious people threw an adulteress down in front of him, asking him what they should do with her. Knowing full well that they put Jesus in a sticky situation, because the law said they should stone her. Jesus knelt down and started writing in the sand. What did he write down? The Bible doesn't say. But in my imagination, he wrote down their sins that they had done, also punishable by death. As they read what he wrote, they had nothing else to say, and they began to sneak away, one by one. How could they stone someone for breaking the law, when they were also guilty? He asked the woman, "Where are thine accusers?" She said that they are all gone. And he said, "Neither do I accuse thee. Go and sin no more."
Which brings me to the subject of gay marriage, speaking of "sin".
Gay people make your sandwiches, they make your pizza, and deliver it to your door. They produce the cars that you drive. They eat food and drink water, they live in houses and apartments. They pay taxes. They are like you. They serve as cops and firemen, risking their lives for you. They also serve in the military, to defend your freedom and mine. If you're looking at the Old Testament for people you should stone to death, you'll find that gay men should be put to death. But you'll also find that so should women who enter into marriage who aren't virgins, or women who have gotten divorced. Also men who have affairs with married women. It's also an "abomination" to wear different kinds of fabrics together, and to eat shellfish. So, why not picket Red Lobster or put up signs that say "We reserve the right to deny service to people who work in the fabric industry/have been divorced"? Why not? Why demonize one group of people, to which you do not belong, and not the other groups, to which you do belong? Tell a gay man or woman who served in the military, someone who got shot at, and had bombs hurled at them, or missiles targeted in their direction, that you don't believe they should be allowed to get married to the person they love, because you don't believe they should. Go ahead. What sort of freedom, then, were they fighting for?
Isaac Asimov once said, "Don't let your principles get in the way of doing what's right." If a gay man, right now, is lying in a hospital bed somewhere, dying, his family (who may have disowned him for being gay) can bar his partner, who loves him, from being able to visit him, as he lay dying. If a gay man leaves his belongings to his partner in his will, the family (who may have disowned him for being gay), can contest the will, and if a jury decides that the relationship was illicit or immoral, and, going against the wishes of the deceased, the family is granted the money and property, and not the partner. Is this right? Do you think that is acceptable? Imagine, somewhere in America, there is a deceased veteran, who faught and died for her country, and the family of the deceased, who washed their hands of her for being gay, and wiped her name from their lips while she was alive, now that there's money and property involved, they contest the will of the deceased, and they are awarded the things she left to her partner, simply because they can. Because, in most states in America, straight people can legally get married, and gay people cannot. That is not right, it is simply wrong. And this is where we're at now, because of the mixing of church and state.
Gay people, until they have the right and the protection of a legal marriage to their partner, are left defenseless, are currently second- class citizens. That isn't right, this is repugnant, and until this changes, this is the reality of a supposed "free" country with our so-called "religious freedom", the result of mixing religion and politics. I hope it ends soon before we have get to the point where gay people are lynched, their scorched corpses hanging in the trees, swinging in the wind. Before we burn people at the stake because someone said they were gay. Before we load them onto trains and put them in work camps, and then load them onto trains again, to transport them to the gas chambers. I hope people know where all this hate could be leading us, before we get there. I hope this will all my heart, and I won't be quiet about it.