December 23, 2007

Faith and Politics

Posted in Outside Malaysia, Religion at 11:08 am by egalitaria

If anyone didn’t catch the edition of The Economist with the special report on Religion and Public Life, go look for it. It’s an excellent report on how the world is not going the “secularist” way as was previously thought. In fact, religion is playing a much more important role both from the ground up and top down.

See the US Presidential Elections, for example. Bush is riding on the Republican Christian/Bible Belt Protestant faith, he who prays everyday but does not see that this defies his logic of lying about WMD (weapons of mass destruction, in this case weapons of mass destruction). Mike Huckabee is a staunch Protestant Christian. Romny has recently gotten a lot of flak for his Mormon belief, where traditional Christians would not stand for a representative believing in what they consider a cult.

It goes without saying that one’s religion continues to play an important role in Islamic countries. In South Korea, many of its elected leaders are staunch Christians. There are also extremist groups from Hinduism and Buddhism sprouting out around. Bhutan for example will not allow any non-Buddhists to work in Government.

Religion is not fast fading but instead taking root and being used as political tools. This I disagree with. Although I previously stated that religion can be a guiding principle for governance, using it for political mileage is just hogwash.

Which is why, at the recent forum I conducted, many Muslims said that the only way to present an alternative way of looking at religion is to say we are “Saving the Religion from the State”.

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5 Comments

  1. First Century Christianity is NOT a cult!

    The Church of Jesus Christ (LDS) is often accused by Evangelical pastors of not believing in Christ and, therefore, not being a Christian religion. This article http://mormonsarechristian.blogspot.com/ helps to clarify such misconceptions by examining early Christianity’s comprehension of baptism, the Godhead, the deity of Jesus Christ and His Atonement.

    The Church of Jesus Christ (LDS) adheres more closely to First Century Christianity and the New Testament than any other denomination. For example, Harper’s Bible Dictionary entry on the Trinity says “the formal doctrine of the Trinity as it was defined by the great church councils of the fourth and fifth centuries is not to be found in the New Testament.”

    One Baptist blogger stated “99 percent of the members of his Baptist church believe in the Mormon (and Early Christian) view of the Trinity. It is the preachers who insist on the Nicene Creed definition.” It seems to me the reason the pastors denigrate the Church of Jesus Christ (LDS) is to protect their flock (and their livelihood).

  2. Alex Tang said,

    hi egalitaria,

    Religion is not fast fading but instead taking root and being used as political tools. This I disagree with. Although I previously stated that religion can be a guiding principle for governance, using it for political mileage is just hogwash

    You disagree with the facts that politicians is using religion to gain poliical mileage or you disagree that religion that religion is playing a vital role in politics. Please clarify. Thanks.

  3. egalitaria said,

    Oops. Guess I wasn’t very clear there. I disagree with the wrongful use of religion in any way. And most of all, wrongful use of religion for political mileage. For example, Bush using Christianity to justify acts of war. I don’t deny that this takes place but I do not condone it.

  4. Alex Tang said,

    Thanks, egalitaria,

    I agree with you completely in this. It is disgraceful how religions have been abused for political mileage.

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