Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Red America - Be Careful What You Wish For.
Certainly there are many other variables that would cause a population to be content or unhappy, but often times it is how a government handles its citizens that brings things to a boil. Theocratic governments are historically inflexible and stuck in singular mindsets that do not allow for change. Governments who place an emphasis, or maybe a stamp of approval on one religion over others set up barriers and divisions within its country that cannot possibly be helpful in the long run. When a government takes no official position regarding the religions of it populace, it only makes sense that this would help smooth out the interactions in country some, by allowing the population to sort out the cultural structure on its own.
I would hope that the current madness within the Muslim World would cause those Americans looking for more of an official recognition of Christianity to take a lesson here. When the government gets mixed up with religion, bad things happen. Whether the government decides to stamp out religion (USSR, China, Cuba) or make it the law of the land (Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan), their interference is counter productive to that country's healthy progression as a culture.
Religion will never be stamped out. Nor will it ever be totally embraced by all. Belief cannot be dictated. When it is, people get pissy, people get arrested, people die. Religion can be a positive force when left alone and kept out of the mundane reality of governance. But try to incorporate it into state policy and the future is bound to be ugly at some point. Besides, calling yourself a Christian because the government says so does not make you a Christian if you do not believe.