Mixing religion and politics is folly
The Kansas City Star
Politics in this country are as polarized as ever. People are unfriending each other on Facebook because of political posts that are upsetting our Facebook “friends.” I don’t get political outrage on Facebook.
I view politics just like any other hobby. I don’t unfriend people because of their crafting hobbies.
Suzie is posting 50 things to do with pipe cleaners — again. I am so mad about this. I think I’m going to unfriend her.
I think with all of my armchair political analysis, I have drilled it down to why our nation is so polarized these days. Steve Fitzgerald, a Kansas state Senate candidate, summed it up perfectly.
“The contention that I said that one cannot be Catholic or Christian and a Democrat is not an unreasonable summation of what I actually said,” Fitzgerald said. “My actual message was fix the party or leave.”
And there you have it. Judgments that used to only be reserved for God are now a full contact sport for some politicians and his/her followers. Vote, believe like me, and go to heaven.
Don’t and go burn in hell.
That’s pretty polarizing, if you ask me. It goes much deeper than unfriending people on Facebook.
Take for example the campaign for U.S. Senate in Missouri. The Duggars are campaigning for Republican Senate hopeful Todd Akin.
Think about that for a moment. Are the Duggars known for their vast knowledge about public policy? No. Are they known for their sophisticated understanding about government? No again.
The Duggars are known for their extreme practice of Christianity and expertise at home hair permanent waves. The last time I watched an episode of the Duggars it went like this:
The Duggars decided to doggie sit. The Duggarettes thought it would be super fun to feed the doggie cheese.
Doggie gobbled up cheese and pooped all over the floor. Mommie Duggar said no to little Duggars. The end.
With that, we have the official endorsement of Rep. Akin for senator of Missouri. Based on? Help me here. … Based on faith and celebrity created from reality TV.
You might be thinking to yourself, “What does a Jewish girl know about Christianity?” Well, turns out, I went to a Southern Baptist College.
I did my share of reading the Bible. Other than scoring major points at the New Testament category on “Jeopardy,” it gave me a general understanding and appreciation for Christianity.
One party cannot claim a religion. Christianity is complex and very personal.
If the people in one party can claim it because of their views on being pro-life, the people in the other major party can claim it because of their views on helping the poor in our country.
I don’t think Jesus would have suggested the poor in this country pull themselves up by their bootstraps.
One political party isn’t going to heaven, and the other party isn’t going to hell. This is not all good vs. all bad.
Now excuse me while I gather my arsenal so I can declare my war on Christmas. It’s coming up on that season, and I need about a month to get ready.
Aimee Patton of Fairway is a marketing director and writes her own blog: Pleasantly Eccentric. To reach her, send email to email@example.com or write to Midwest Voices, c/o Editorial Page, The Kansas City Star, 1729 Grand Blvd., Kansas City, Mo. 64108.