Harold isn’t Muslim. He’s Catholic. I’m Methodist. Somehow we’ve managed to live peacefully married for 57 years. We didn’t get married in the church. As far as I am concerned that was no great loss. A short ceremony meant I got to eat cake sooner.
And just like Harold, Barack Hussein Obama isn’t a Muslim either… unless of course you attend a McCain rally where they think he’s either Muslim, a terrorist sympathizer, or not a United States citizen. Most recently they are calling him a socialist. They probably think that is some type of religion too. Smart ones those McCain supporters. One week they want to beat him up for something Rev. Wright said and the next week they want to hate him for being Muslim. For crying out loud people, he’s Christian. But exactly what would be the issue if he were a Muslim?
There are 2.1 billion Christians in the world today, and almost half of those are Catholic. There are also 1.5 billion who practice Islam. And there are almost 3 billion people in the world who don’t belong to either of the aforementioned groups, including about 1.1billion (that’s billion with a B) who consider themselves to be secular or nonreligious. And guess what folks? There are good and bad in each group. Let’s take the Republican base for example…
Just because you go to church doesn’t mean your shit doesn’t stink. Just ask Joe the Plumber. Pray when you want, to whomever you want, wherever you want. That is what is so great about our country. But remember, freedom of religion is a double edged plunger. When you start attacking people from a different religion, you open the door to people who attack you because they think their religion is better than your religion. And while we are on the subject of people who think their religion is better than your religion have you paid attention to what Governor Palin believes?
Palin has called on people to pray for the cooperation necessary to build a natural gas pipeline across Alaska, referred to the U.S. mission in Iraq a “task that is from God” and argued that students should be taught creationism in public schools. She would rather do away with sex education all together. As an evangelical of the Pentecostal persuasion, she supports a strict adherence to moral codes- no tobacco, no alcohol, no sex outside of marriage… well two out of three ain’t bad anyway. Oh gosh, there I go throwing stones while living in a glass house.
Don’t get me wrong. I don’t have an issue with her being a religious woman. I just have concerns with her ability to understand the diversity of the world today. Imagine what decisions you might make if you believe the end of days is on tomorrow’s menu. You’d probably still order breakfast, but you just might consider things like conserving natural resources to be irrelevant. Drill, drill, drill. After all, what would be the point in saving the earth?
I can’t say I know when the end of days will be, but one thing I know for sure: When religion gets in bed with politics, we all wake up with regrets. Well, except of course for Sarah Palin.
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