Every one loses. In America religion is too involved in politics. Politics and religion do not go hand in hand. Politics is a dirty game, religion is supposed to be clean but when our religious leaders get entangled in the web of power and greed, they get even more dirty and less focussed on saving souls and creating peace in the midst of chaos. Where will people turn?
The trending topic in religious circles these days is how to grow abundance, how to become rich and influential by manifesting . It is amazing how popular culture is leading our religious leaders into the pit of materialism and soul-less culture. Religion appears to be more about selling books than preaching to the poor. Nuff said read the article below
….August 7, 2012 |
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The following exceprt is reprinted by arrangement with Viking, a member of the Penguin Group (USA) Inc., from ” The Party Is Over: How Republicans Went Crazy, Democrats Became Useless and the Middle Class Got Shafted ,” by Mike Lofgren. Copyright © 2012 by Mike Lofgren.
Having observed politics up close and personal for most of my adult lifetime, I have come to the conclusion that the rise of politicized religious fundamentalism may have been the key ingredient in the transformation of the Republican Party. Politicized religion provides a substrate of beliefs that rationalizes—at least in the minds of its followers—all three of the GOP’s main tenets: wealth worship, war worship, and the permanent culture war.
Religious cranks ceased to be a minor public nuisance in this country beginning in the 1970s and grew into a major element of the Republican rank and file. Pat Robertson’s strong showing in the 1988 Iowa presidential caucus signaled the gradual merger of politics and religion in the party. Unfortunately, at the time I mostly underestimated the implications of what I was seeing. It did strike me as oddly humorous that a fundamentalist staff member in my congressional office was going to take time off to convert the heathen in Greece, a country that had been overwhelmingly Christian for almost two thousand years. I recall another point, in the early 1990s, when a different fundamentalist GOP staffer said that dinosaur fossils were a hoax. As a mere legislative mechanic toiling away in what I held to be a civil rather than ecclesiastical calling, I did not yet see that ideological impulses far different from mine were poised to capture the party of Lincoln…..