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blog:jjolly:religion_and_government_-_my_take [2010/05/11 09:11]
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blog:jjolly:religion_and_government_-_my_take [2010/10/05 06:55] (current)
jjolly Gah! I write like a five-year-old!
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 === Religious Right === === Religious Right ===
-Oh, I know that title will get lots of people angry at me.  It's screamed as an epithet and primarily used for derision. ​ Sadly, they earn that derision through their actions. ​ I wish to explain why I feel such enmity with them.+Oh, I know that title will get lots of people angry at me.  It's screamed as an epithet and primarily used for derision. ​ Sadly, ​feel they earn that derision through their actions. ​ I wish to explain why I feel such enmity with them.
  
 Now, let me be clear. ​ I am a religious man.  My beliefs are firmly ensconced within the tenets of my faith. ​ I have very strict principles that are defined by the church I attend. ​ Why do I follow these principles? ​ They grant me comfort. ​ They explain experiences that I have had.  They teach me to become a better member of the human family. ​ I am not perfect, but when I follow these principles I feel the world is a better place. Now, let me be clear. ​ I am a religious man.  My beliefs are firmly ensconced within the tenets of my faith. ​ I have very strict principles that are defined by the church I attend. ​ Why do I follow these principles? ​ They grant me comfort. ​ They explain experiences that I have had.  They teach me to become a better member of the human family. ​ I am not perfect, but when I follow these principles I feel the world is a better place.
  
-But I am not so blind as to think that others can belief ​differently from me.  I would argue that even within my specific religious organization,​ every last follower has a slightly different view of what their faith means. ​ Now, that's probably not nearly as significant a difference as with other faiths, of course. ​ Ours is a rigidly held doctrine. ​ But I am certain I will never find someone that completely agrees with me on every last point of the law.  If I expected that, I would be a church of one person. ​ Wonders of wonders, though, we still manage to get along. ​ If someone prays with a slightly different inflection than I do, I chalk it up to better breeding on their part and continue with life.  My faith is personal, and only I am responsible for my achievement (or failure to achieve) of my hoped-for divine reward.+But I am not so blind as to think that others can not believe ​differently from me.  I would argue that even within my specific religious organization,​ every last follower has a slightly different view of what their faith means. ​ Now, that's probably not nearly as significant a difference as with other faiths, of course. ​ Ours is a rigidly held doctrine. ​ But I am certain I will never find someone that completely agrees with me on every last point of the law.  If I expected that, I would be a church of one person. ​ Wonders of wonders, though, we still manage to get along. ​ If someone prays with a slightly different inflection than I do, I chalk it up to better breeding on their part and continue with life.  My faith is personal, and only I am responsible for my achievement (or failure to achieve) of my hoped-for divine reward.
  
 So what about others outside my faith? ​ Same response. ​ If someone decides they need to pray differently than I do, then fine.  How should their words affect my state-of-mind. ​ Even better, perhaps something they say will improve my actions. ​ I have hard proof that there are people not of my faith that live a better life than I do.  I respect that, and I hope I can become better by learning from them. So what about others outside my faith? ​ Same response. ​ If someone decides they need to pray differently than I do, then fine.  How should their words affect my state-of-mind. ​ Even better, perhaps something they say will improve my actions. ​ I have hard proof that there are people not of my faith that live a better life than I do.  I respect that, and I hope I can become better by learning from them.