Antoni Tapies

Antoni Tapies

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Religion and Politics

I've been struck by an irony in the religion question. In history religions have tried to force people to 'believe' or at least practice, as has been alluded to. I don't think religion in the political sphere is appropriate. For one thing many people are not capable of religious thought, or just don't like the idea, mainly for autonomy reasons. I guessing this applies to one out of three people, at least. Many people are just pragmatic trying to deal with material reality as well as possible and don't really have the capacity for romantic notions, and never have, especially in the scientific era of the last five hundred years.

So some Muslims want to spread Islam by force and blame the United States and other western countries for suppressing it. I've never heard of a country, outside of possibly China, where Islam is forbidden, and it is practiced everywhere. The violent 'jihadists' are actually putting that at risk. Another irony is that in many Muslim areas other religions are forbidden. If Islam is better I have to wonder why? It is also ironic that forcing a 'belief' on someone is virtually impossible. In fact the act of enforcing discredits the 'belief'. Also many people will obviously go through the motions of ceremony without conviction. I'm not sure that is desirable by anyone.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Religion and the USA

In regards religions relationship to government, in the US people need to study the writings of people like Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin. They certainly understood multiculturalism, and the impact of scientific thought on societies, and anticipated the changes the world would go through. As far as I know, in the US, no one is stopping religious activity. The point is, and it is sorely missed, you are not allowed to proselytize in a government area. I'm sure we would all be surprised at how many people are agnostic, let alone atheist. Although it might not necessarily be offensive to them, these people are incredulous at religious thought. And I happen to know a few people who don't want religion taught to their children instead of letting them decide for themselves. I can vouch for religion being quite subjective and instinctive, and I can certainly see how people might be repelled by religion, considering all the atrocities committed in it's name, and scientific thought belying it. In the 21st century I think religion should be a private affair. It has been amply, and disastrously, demonstrated that theocracy in not functional any longer.