Good and Bad Ways of Entering the Bible into Politics

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Since: Jul 10

Minneapolis, MN

#2 Jul 16, 2013
Guide For Republicans wrote:
If one were to casually read my piece from the other day on Satan, the song “Amazing Grace” and abortion, one could be forgiven for thinking that this ol’ Christian believes that religion and politics need to be completely cloistered from each other. I don’t. Just as anything else that informs, educates and energizes you cannot be separated from politics, neither can religion or spirituality. Politics affects every area of our lives – including our communities, ability to feed, clothe and shelter, and bodily autonomy – so it’s ridiculous to allege that one should drive away an integral part of the self away from another. Particularly if that part drives the moral and civic part of our selves.
After all, it was the Black church – and an appeal to basic Christian teaching – that led the way in the Civil Rights movement. Yet, at the same time, it is important to recognize that justice-oriented rabbis and humanists and Muslims and secularists, etc, all took part based on a shared vision of justice. This wasn’t just a Christian movement that forced itself onto the public sphere to control and oppress. Rather, the movement was a gathering of disparate elements that saw oppression and injustice against the political and civic participation of Black Americans and used whatever spiritual, intellectual and mobilizing forces it could draw upon to fight against it. The faith of the majority of protesters was not a triviality; it was a powerful force of conscience-raising and an accessible point to demonstrate for the souls and hearts of White people of faith who would recognize the commonality of prophets, sages and language – cultural touchstones important when trying to make a human connection with people that a racist apartheid structure had purposely driven you from.
We need to acknowledge Constitutional protection from using the bible to – poorly, at that – justify legislative restrictions on women’s bodies. That’s a purpose of the First Amendment, keeping us from an establishment of religion via law. There is a big distinction between using the bible or theology (even though neither are central to the practice or teaching of the so-called pro-life movement) in the seat of power as a means to force or restrict others based on a particular religious belief, and in using the bible and theology to rise the conscience of a people who specifically call themselves Christian to act Christ-like.
For exhibit B, check out Representative Corrine Brown:
“The Bible says, to whom much is given, much is required,” Rep. Corrine Brown (D-FL) observed during debate over whether funding for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) should be stripped from the farm bill.“And this is a sad day in the House of Representatives. Shame on the Republicans! Shame on the House of Representatives!”
Congresswoman Brown – a Black female who represents the very people who would be most affected by (and the largest targets of) the House’s actions – was shut down by White males twelve seconds into her allotted one minute delivery.
best NOT to assume that all Republicans are Christian.

Since: Sep 11

Rogers, MN

#4 Jul 16, 2013
Best not to bring religion in to politics. Or work. Or public schools. Or any other environment where diverse groups of people are expected to get along and interact. Leave it at home and/or in your preferred place of worship. Much like peoples sexual preferences and practices, most people just don't want to know.

Since: Jul 10

Minneapolis, MN

#5 Jul 16, 2013
cantmakeitup wrote:
Best not to bring religion in to politics. Or work. Or public schools. Or any other environment where diverse groups of people are expected to get along and interact. Leave it at home and/or in your preferred place of worship. Much like peoples sexual preferences and practices, most people just don't want to know.
very true, thing is, unfortunately common folks want their leaders and other important folks to be of the same religion they are.
in what I'm going to say as leaders and other important folks in and out of the camera's eye. folks like teachers, principals, workforce bosses, medical personnel, anyone in politics, writers, actors, etc.....
the question about religion came up during JFK's running for the president. since America is in many ways seen as a WASP country. and he was Catholic. some folks had doubts that a person of a different Christian sect could do as good as a Protestant could.
unfortunately many folks assume that the only ones they can trust are those who are of the same sect as them. be it of the ELCA, UCC, Conservative Baptist Association of America, etc.... that if you are not part of the same group(church, temple, circle, etc....) of the same sect of the same sect of what ever religion or lack of religion, that supposedly you can not be trusted.

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