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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Dear Jumbos and Jackasses ...

A few days ago, one of the blogs that I follow surprised me -- and somewhat disappointed me. Not because of the political views expressed, which are not my views, but which I do nevertheless respect, but because of something else which I find disturbing and objectionable.

The writer questioned the Christianity of people who support the opposing party -- and so by default questioned mine. I confess that I have myself wondered the same about them! Not very helpful, is it? The only thing I can say in my defence is that I know in my soul this is wrong to do. 

Because whether you are a 'Jumbo' or a 'Jackass', I do not believe that God takes sides. I do not believe that God, whether Christian, Jew, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, or any other persuasion, is political. And I firmly suggest that it is  time for a lot of people to cease and desist from bringing religion into the ungodly fray that is election time.

Don't get me wrong my heart will be broken if my man doesn't win. I will feel all doom and gloom. But what I believe is that though it is important to me who wins the election, the most important thing is how people work together for each other and their country despite their disappointments, and perhaps more importantly, despite victory.

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  1. I don't much care who wins, as long as it isn't __________. The politics here have become much too polarized and bringing religion, or faith, into it hasn't improved the situation one bit.

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  2. Oh, this strikes a chord. I am not actually religious at all, but have complete respect and empathy for those for whom it is important....but the idea that one political group has God on their side is to blame for so much. I still hope your man wins though. J.

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  3. Hello Katherine:
    The argument is surely lost when things other than the core issues have to be brought in as support. Religion, in particular, should not, in our view, be used as a weapon. But, sadly, when one looks at the world today and when one looks back in history, it is ever thus.

    May the best man win!!

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  4. Religion doesn't belong in politics, but has become a large and polarizing factor in ours. It can't end too soon; I need to turn off the answering machine and get on with life.

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    1. My best wishes getting through the next two weeks! I think I might unplug the phone altogether!

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  5. You are right to be dissapointed in a position that questions your religion based on your political choice.

    I believe both candidates are good men with different positions and both will probably do a pretty good job.

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    1. I think you are probably right, Joeh...

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  6. Amen to that Broad! I'm a born again Christian but shudder and groan when religion is brought into political discussions. It saddens me and does nothing to bring people together.

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    1. Agreed. Religion in politics leads to things like The Inquisition and witch trials and is the antithesis of democracy.

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  7. Braod, I can so understand why you feel as you do. Religion should be above politics, not coming down heavily on one side or the other. That doesn't mean that Christians won't differ about politics, but it seems quite wrong to impugn the sincerity of the faith of your opponents.

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  8. Gott mit uns is a fine rallying cry....but not to be used as in the sense of 'yes, with us...but not with you.'

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    1. I had an initial senior moment reading your comment! Not realizing your were writing in German my eyes took the two t's from Gott and added them to the mit!!!

      Wise words, nevertheless!!

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    2. I loved that!
      Glad I'm not the only one to have those senior moments...

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  9. One of the best ideas ever conceived from the mind of man is the idea of a separation between church and state. I don't care what my candidate's religious beliefs are and it shouldn't matter to anyone because the president needs to represent us all. But I usually get into trouble talking politics so I try to avoid the subject.

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    1. Well, Stephen, you won't get in trouble with me! ;-) And your first statement is so right.

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  10. Too many people are using religion as their trump card. Probably because they don't really know the issues and can't think logically enough.

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    1. Ah, yes ... 'thinking' -- what a concept!

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  11. I am biting my nails worrying about the election, but whatever happens, I have done my part and voted (we vote by mail in Washington state). I also avoid people who impugn my right to vote my own conscience, which I freely offer to everyone else. Soon it will be over and we can get on with life.

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    1. I know what you mean -- worrying about it is keeping me awake at night.

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  12. So...did you stop following? As I get older and more set in my ways, I find it harder to tolerate those who lack tolerance. Damm, I'm going to have to stop following myself!

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    1. No, I did not stop following -- I'm rather fond of the blogger, but now a bit disappointed so leaving it open for the time being.

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  13. Dear Broad, thank you so much for having the courage and fortitude to speak loud and clear these words of yours that call all of us to remember that we are One in being and so when we lambast the other, we bruise ourselves. Like you, I do not believe that any Supreme Being takes sides in our struggles. There is only One side. And when we let ourselves think that we know what that Being, that Oneness, believes then we are lost in the miasma of hubris. You and your message inspire me. Peace.

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    1. Thank you, Dee. I appreciate greatly your thoughts about this.

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  14. I can't agree with you more as I read your last paragraph. Seemingly I am apolitical and it is the relationships and collaborations of people that I focus on.

    By the way, I would like to get to know you more through your future posts. Would you like us to follow each other?

    Take care :)

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    1. Thanks for coming, Farida. I will definitely be checking your blog out!

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  15. I am often amazed, then disheartened, by the tone of much public discussion these days. Such attacks by people on others who don't share the same opinion. Utter loss of civility.

    What has our world come to?

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    1. It's all too easy to look down at those that disagree with our own point of view. This is unfortunate because we can learn from each other -- even when it seems impossible to imagine.

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  16. I have always said that politics and Christianity should be kept totally separate, sadly it does not always happen!! Have a good week Diane

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    1. If religion would be kept out of everybody's politics the world would be a better place ...

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  17. Oh I hope it wasn't me. I don't mean to offend--it just comes naturally. Wait, what?

    I do get into trouble because my lack of belief in pretty near anything means I'm rarely offended myself. So I do not always realize the effect I can have on others.

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  18. Definitely, definitely not you!!!:-)

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  19. The most interesting aspect of this is that it is usually others who are declaring one candidate or another as "religious" or "not religious". It is rarely the candidates themselves who do so.

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    1. Which is at least a saving grace!

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  20. I have to say that I think it is rather disgusting how people hijack religion in the service of whatever political bee they have in their bonnet. But I can't get away from the sad fact that organised religion historically has links with politics ... as can be seen in many countries where God, in his various forms, is roped in to justify inhuman and cruel behaviour.

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    1. There was great wisdom when the founding fathers separated church and state -- too bad so many don't understand the principles behind that wisdom...

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  21. It's unsettling when someone says something that's at odds with what you expect from them, as if you feel you no longer know them as well as you thought you did - whether it's politics, religion, prejudice, or anything else.

    This has happened to me lately. I was shocked when a friend said something totally unexpected and I am still trying to work out how to react.

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    1. I sympathise with your quandary. Sometimes the best 'reaction' is 'no reaction'...

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  22. Well, now we get to find out what happens next!

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    1. Words from my favourite Libertarian!

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