Today’s Los Angeles Times had an article titled, “Grooming Politicians for Christ.” What the article fails to point out is that the evangelicals’ dream of a country where leaders ask themselves, “What would Jesus do,” before every decision is no different from the method of government the Taliban practiced in Afghanistan. Once religion enters the political arena, all hopes of working towards a common goal goes right out the window. Each religion will believe they have the truth and until the higher power itself descends from wherever and sets the record straight, once and all, there will never be a consensus among humankind as to who is God is. Ever. Witness Israel and Palestine.
Our founding fathers specifically left religion out of politics because they knew it was the only way a country made up of individuals, each with their own ideas and beliefs, could ever succeed. Leaders and politicians are beholden to their constituents and have been elected to represent their physical needs not their spiritual needs.
It’s ironic this article should come out on the same day that the Iraqis finally finished their constitution. Article 2 of said constitution reads, “Islam is the main source for legislation.” That doesn’t sound like a democracy to me, it sounds like an Islamic country where religion comes first and country second. The problems are already starting before the ink is even dry, after all, not everyone in Iraq is Islamic.
I see no difference between an American Christian zealot like Eric Rudolph who blows up abortion clinics in the name of Jesus and the Islamic fundamentalist zealots who hijack planes and fly them into buildings in the name of Allah.
This article didn’t just piss me off it also filled me with horror and dread at the coming American jihad.