Politics is definitely not my strong area; however, a recent political news headline caught my attention. It was regarding Mr Santorum’s proclamation that “I almost threw up’ when he revisited President Kennedy’s speech about the separation of church and state. Mr Santorum indicated that the former president had done wrong to not showcase his faith through politics. The news headline was very important because I do not believe in integrating church and state and I fully support people having religious freedom ie. the right to choose their beliefs.
Mr Santorum’s views can be very dangerous in the fact that he would be given federal rights to impose his (or any other politician’s) religious views and beliefs onto others which can easily become oppressive in the hands of an overzealous egotistical fanatic. One very interesting issue is that if this church and state union was in place (as Mr Santorum had wished during the Kennedy presidency), what would life look like? Mr Kennedy identified as Catholic; therefore, Catholicism would be the religion and practice of the masses. The laws of the land would also follow those views as well. Would our current president even be allowed to run for office due to persistent but misleading rumors of a Muslim affiliation? Many have used and is still using religion as a means of control and power. People need to realize that religion in politics is not democratic but autocratic-there can be only ONE.
The wonderful thing about democracy is the opportunity to bring about change by the people. With religion, there is no such thing and we see that today with the Vatican, Iran and other countries with church and state unions. Religious liberty is a wonderful thing. Many people may not think much about religious freedom until it is gone. God gave us the right to choose “whom we want to serve” and many people have exercised that right including Mr Santorum and even those who use religion to do evil.
Mr Santorum has been quoted as saying that the current president’s theology is not based on the bible. However, in reports, Mr Santorum has stated that he does not support birth control and suggests home schooling which are two things not in the bible. We all interpret the bible slightly different; hence, the reason for many different denominations. Would Mr Santorum and others of his views support a church state union if the ruling party had very differing biblical views from his? Or is it more transparent in which people who yell church and state union really want their religious views in power.
I am sure there are many politicians who have Christian beliefs and some who are even honest. However, the issue with trying to gain ultimate power is that one has to play dirty most of the time to stay on top. Power and corruption are bedfellows and even the men in the bible who were religious-political powerhouses faced their own moments of corruptions-some repented and others continued to fall. The world is definitely not the ideal paradise but I would rather support a world in which I have the religious freedom to choose how and whom I serve.