Roots of Democracy
Politics, Justice, and Religion
Articles and editorials will be posted and linked through this page to help us learn more how Religious belief and practice has pushed certain political agendas, sometimes in very radical ways.
When we are informed of the truth, we can use this as a means of making logical decisions based on facts, and not just what is "spoon fed" to folks from a pulpit.
Religion is a belief supposedly based on Spiritual principles, yet is basically different with each individual. Christian ways are intertwined with Ideals of the Founding Fathers of the United States going back to the Declaration of Independence. They influenced Ancients on this soil long before our Government was established.
The phrase “separation of church and state” is not in the constitution or anywhere in our official documents. It first appears in a letter written by Thomas Jefferson  to "Danbury Baptists". Jefferson writes: “Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between Man & his God, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship, that the legitimate powers of government reach actions only, & not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should “make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,” thus building a wall of separation between Church & State.”
Many among the "Radical" realm of Religion think this conflict in the Middle East is a "Holy War", when in fact it goes deeper than Religion - It is driven by Greed. Those dwelling on a notion that the "End of the World" is iminent need to realize it will be the "end of their World" before this Earth will fall apart, so get with the program.
This War in Iraq has one main prerogative - get the oil, and give the lions' share of profits to Haliburton before Dick Cheney has to step down.
Most Muslims and Christians are very tolerant, choosing to mind their own business. The extremists of both factions are the reason for violent conflict. This is very severe in the Middle East where our United States Government has invaded a foreign country called Iraq, without justifiable reasons to be there, except for the oil.
Mohammed studied the Bible, and Christians believe Jesus died on the Cross to save us. Both Koran and Bible are filled with profound words that have influenced hundreds of millions of lives, depending on how scripture is interpreted. There is a life beyond the Book[s] when one realizes Politics affects our lives in profound ways, with or without Religion.
To find true peace, All People need to put aside Religion, and just realize what Great Elders have shared with us - "We are all related".
Sane Politics and true Demcracy start when we agree to honor all others as our equals.
Regarding true justice: We need to approach incarceration with a more sane outlook. In Norway, prisoners serve time with accomdations some Americans could only dream of living in. Yet they have one of the lowest crime rates in the World, because their Government treat their own fair.
Prayer does help one overcome injustices, yet "being forgiven" does not mean one is not accountable for their actions. Prayer simply helps us come closer to the Divine, yet there is no one path that will work for all individuals.
Let them work it off. Whether it's a life sentence or 1 year, it does the brain of "all" little good to simply rot in a cell. ...and sometimes, even worse, life is not fair - example being a prisoner that really did not commit the crime, as does happen too often... Even worse, someone is "framed" by others committing bigger crimes.
At the opposite extreme are people "thinking" they are doing the right thing by going to church once, twice, or three times a week, asking forgiveness, etc. Yet many of "these folks" supported the present war. There is a price to pay. Many innocent people were [not just] killed - Many survivors have/had no home to go to, other family members blown to shreds [by U.S. bombs], infrastructure demolished, no clean water, no utilities, no food,... HOW WOULD YOU FEEL?
If we TRULY follow scripture: Who are we to judge? Yes, some need to be locked up to protect others as well as themselves. Yet too many are incarcerated that could be given creative jobs to rehabilitate themselves, and at least have a better chance at re-joining society once they've served their time.
How are we to feel, though, when we have Government officials that "refuse to tesify" when given a summons, yet one of our own is given a bench warrant because we don't work for the right party, or afford the right attorneys...? What if, by definition they commit treason, and are allowed to just go on, as if nothing happened? Do they really get away with it? Yes and No.
Yes, politicians sometimes get away with criminal acts because the entourage that elected them shelter their guilt as a result of mutual agreement.
One is still responsible for their actions and that can be used against them in the end. It is simply the law of the Universe, that goes beyond Religion of Spiritual belief, simply because it is a reaction to an action... Plain and simple in its complexity, yet it will happen sooner or later.
I find many call themselves Christian. How many truly follow the teachings of Jesus? To those that do follow Jesus - To be a martyr if we are near a place of worship and throw over tables of vendors, we will be in serious trouble. Chances are we would be locked up. According to legend, it seems extreme that Jesus was hung on a cross, and came back to life later, yet nobody but his disciples could find him...? He took off, plain and simple... As a "son of God", what was Jesus thinking when he disrupted things outside the Temple?
In honest definition, "Eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth" can be simply translated: For every action, there is a reaction. By trying to "kill the enemy", in most cases we are just killing ourselves.
I say hold people accountable, and treat them like you would family... or simply follow the Golden Rule: Do unto others that which you would do for yourself. Sometimes this means treating others better than you treat yourself.
Spirituality and religious belief are not always representing the same principles. Spirituality is our connection to the Divine, and goes beyond description. Religion is a set of rules, dogma, ritual, and beliefs mostly adhered by institutions thinking their ways are better than others. The truth is, we are all given bodies at birth, our days are numbered, then we pass on. The rest is mostly speculation unless you are among the few that have seen a "glimpse" of the "other side".
People should consider family and friends before commiting a criminal offense. Look close at the reaction. ...And remember: Lying and cheating happens all the time. That does not mean it is the correct way to be.
As they say in politics: God Bless America.
More links and updates will be included here as time permits.
"When fascism comes to America - it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross" --- Sinclair Lewis
Links to News articles about Religions and Politics.
Fundamentalism, the Religious Right, and the Neo-Cons
A huge number of people in America consider themselves Christian. Yet how many truly follow the teachings of Jesus? Read more...
ZEITGEIST, The Movie - Remastered / Final Edition - Full Production. What does Christianity, 911 and The Federal Reserve all have in common?
THE GOD WHO WASN'T THERE - "irreverently lays out the case that Jesus Christ never existed." EDITOR'S NOTE: This is simply looking at scientific and documented facts. The teachings of Jesus are ageless, and great to follow, none the less...
Religion and Science Blend in a Centuries-Old Ritual By Ellen Knickmeyer
Washington Post Foreign Service
Sunday, August 31, 2008; Page A19
HELWAN, Egypt, Aug. 30 -- In sync with the sun and the moon, the traditions of 1,400 years and the acts of Muslims all over the world, members of one of Egypt's seven official moon-sighting committees pulled into a parking lot high on a ridge overlooking hazy Cairo at sunset Saturday. Read more... EDITOR's NOTE: Legend states this was a tradition established through Ibrahim [Abraham] going back as far as Adam. Muslims carry this on, called "Ramadan"...
Ramadan and the holy book of Quran
Allentown Morning Call - August 30, 2008
As the month of Ramadan approaches, millions of Muslims like me worldwide will try to renew their relationship with God during a period of fasting, prayer and reflections Read more...