In Brief— An examination of two aspects of society, Politics and Religion, and how the mixing of the two creates a destructive force.
A Deadly Recipe—
Mix one part Politics with one part Religion, add a human society made up of differing views and watch it boil until it spills out in turmoil. This is a recipe for disaster that now threatens America as it has other societies throughout history.
On November 8, 2016, ignorant, frightened, xenophobic and racist voters put the profoundly ignorant and crude groper, Donald Trump, and his slick, handsome, Christian Sovereignty running mate, Mike Pence, in charge of arguably the most powerful nation in history.
Politics has been around for good or ill since our ancestors gathered into clans in pre-history. Politics is defined simply as organized control over a human community, particularly a state. Looked at carefully, it’s about the power to exercise control over the people. As I have said, that power can be good or it can be bad. Depends on the individuals exercising that power. The key word is ”power.”
Now, let’s look at religion. It’s been around at least as long as politics. Religious belief can range from relatively benign belief confined to the believer to, at the other end of the spectrum, zealous belief that the believer imparts to other credulous members of family or society. It’s at this extreme end of the spectrum that religious belief blends with politics. That’s what America has in vice president Mike Pence and his zealous fellow Christians.
A Look at Mike Pence—
Putting aside the crude groper in chief, Trump, take a look at the anti-female laws supported by Pence when he was the governor of Indiana as well as his zealous Christian beliefs.
- Pence actively sought to ban Planned Parenthood in Indiana disregarding the organization’s positive record of contributing to women’s health, particularly their reproductive health. Before that, he opposed Planned Parenthood in congress.
- Pence has stated that he wants to overturn the Supreme Court case of Roe versus Wade that guarantees women the right to an abortion. That would return America to the halcyon days of back alley coat hanger abortions.
- As governor, Pence signed every anti-abortion bill that crossed his desk.
- Pence opposes gay marriage and would overturn the Supreme Court ruling. He has said that equal marriage rights for gay couples will lead to societal collapse. Furthermore, he supports a constitutional amendment that would ban such marriages.
- Pence signed a bill that would have required all fetuses, whether through miscarriage or abortion, be given a funeral. This law, greatly increasing reproductive health costs to women, was so extreme that it was blocked by a federal judge because it violated a woman’s right to choose.
- Pence opposed a bill that would prevent discrimination against LGBTs in the workplace. And the list goes on and on.
- What about Mike Pence’s religious beliefs? He has said that he is a Christian first, then a conservative and lastly a Republican. Pence is a Christian Supremacist, that is, he places his religion ahead of everything else. This is a blending of politics with religion on steroids, the very definition of a zealot.
- Finally, what power will Mike Pence represent? After John Kasich reportedly turned down Trump’s offer to make him ”the most powerful vice president in history,” several sources including the reliable Truthout believe that Trump offered Pence the same power to handle domestic and foreign policy while Trump would handle ”making America great again.” According to reports in the New York Times, this is exactly what we see happening. Put clearly, Mike Pence is now the de facto president of the United States.
At the beginning of this piece, I wrote about the danger of combining politics and religion. The title of this blog post is ”Zealotry is Poisonous.” Mike Pence is both the vice president and extremely religious. Are you scared yet?
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