October 23, 2003

Ties that bind

This is a plug for my gal pal Karissa.

On her blog, she mentions a USA Today article that mentions marriage.

Karissa poses a great question: Is the entire idea of separation of church and state a facade? The Pledge of Allegiance debate and swearing on a Bible in court offer examples to this question.

What I think: The separation is a facade. Politics and religion cannot be separated because people in both spectrums bring their own experiences and beliefs from politics and religion into each area, a tie that binds all together. Politics and religion have been controversial forever; that will not change by a simple statement of separation.

Another paradox that people do not like, but cannot change.

Comment on hers, then come back to mine. It is great to share the wealth of opinion (well, in most cases hehehe).

Posted by Amanda Cochran at October 23, 2003 12:49 PM

hey, thanks for the amazing plug, dear :) I appreciate it.

It's true though--this country was founded on Christian beliefs. The reason people came over here originally was for religious freedom, for crying out loud. (And may I mention that it was for the Protestants :) Our first Roman-Catholic president was JFK, if anyone didn't know.) That's what it's based on, so it's practially in the veins of this country (metaphorically speaking, of course).

Now everyone that read this comment go comment on my blog :) my blog (I just tried to add that link in HTML--if it didn't work, I need more practice, and you should just go to my blog anyway :)

Posted by: Karissa at October 23, 2003 2:35 PM

it didn't work. I need more HTML practice. *sigh* :(

Posted by: Karissa at October 23, 2003 2:36 PM

True that people do end up bringing their beliefs and experiences into any situation -- that's what makes us human. But, I think it would be interesting to think: why would people want Church and State to be together?

State sponsored religion (or no religion) means big trouble for freedom of expression -- look at Poland or China. Isn't it better to separate the two rather than have them joined? Would religions even want to be aligned with states, as that would make them lose control, and possibly threaten their moral authority?

Of course, you can't totally forget about Western tradition, which was based out of Christianity. You wouldn't want to dismiss history. However, I often wonder who is really thinking about trusting God when they spend their dollar bill at Wal*Mart.

Posted by: Julie at October 24, 2003 9:46 AM

hehe, cute comment, Julie :) I really get what you're saying about the government supported religion thing. History and even present day shows us that it doesn't seem to be the best of ideas. I just think that people are getting a little bit out-of-control with trying to tear every shred of religion out of state and federal affairs--including marriage. There hasn't been a problem with it thus far (or at least a big enough problem to have to change much, to my knowledge).

Posted by: KarissaKilgore at October 24, 2003 3:52 PM

I looked at your blog and I like your blogt because it was interestingy and different. I like to read or learn about stuff that is different

Posted by: scott conroy at October 27, 2003 8:34 AM
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