Pray for Separation

 

Christianity and politics:

       

            It has long been argued that it is not possible to separate Christianity and the state within North America, as Christianity has been the dominant religion for so long. This can be seen by merely examining certain laws and legislation drafted in Canada and the USA. Even courts still require witnesses to swear on the bible, and a few national holidays, such as Easter and Christmas, are based on Christianity. That being said, both countries have taken steps to ensure that all members within their increasingly culturally diverse societies are viewed as equal. As a result there has been an increase in challenges of Christian norms within society, as reflected in the Greece v Galloway case. http://usat.ly/OvSdIA

           

The conflict in the case of Greece v Galloway revolves around an opening prayer delivered at the beginning of every town hall meeting in Greece New York, which often refers to, “Jesus”, “Christ”, and the “Holy Spirit”. Two members of the town council took particular offense to this practice as neither are Christian, one is Jewish and the other Atheist, and filed a lawsuit against the town. However, the ruling of this case will not just impact the small town in the USA. It will have much greater implications, as it will define whether religion has any place within the government, at any level.

           

As a Christian myself, I would feel rather comfortable opening a non secular meeting with a prayer , however I do not believe it would be fair to others to do so. I agree with the arguments laid out in the aforementioned case that, everyone is guaranteed freedom of religion, which also means freedom from religion. Therefore, I think that the Christian church and the state need to remain separate in North America to encourage the acceptance and even promotion of other religions.

 

In general, Christian ideologies, practices, and symbols are seen as the norm in Canadian and US societies. For example, it is very common to see someone wearing a cross around their neck. Yet, when someone wears a kapah, or a turban, or another religious symbol, they are somehow viewed as being “less Canadian”. I find it incredulous as well, that in a country as multicultural and free willed as Canada, some religious groups in Canada, such as Sikhs, have to use the courts in order to gain the right to wear certain religious dress. It is also inappropriate for a Christian dominated society to ostracise other religions when it was once the detested religion. If one religious group is accepted into society, then shouldn’t they all be? In order for this to occur, the government needs to distance itself from religion so that no religion is viewed as dominant or superior.

3 thoughts on “Pray for Separation

  1. I completely agree with your stance on this situation. Although religion influences individuals or groups positively it should be separate from the state. I have seen many great things come out of religious organizations such as volunteering groups, missionaries, and social movements that fight for the oppressed. Religion has the ability to build positive characteristics and could be applied to an individual in the governance of a state. However, religion should never impose its beliefs onto other people but rather present it in a way where people are free to choose what they want to believe. Forcing individuals to perform religious rituals such as prayer in a secular environment should not be encouraged and is actually counter productive in the progression of their religious movement.

  2. I totally agree,especially in western countries. One religion should not be preferred over another due to the number of religions in today’s societies.

  3. THE DEVIL IS A LIAR! THE ONLY RELIGION AMERICA WANTS TO DENY IS CHRISTIANITY! YOU ARE NOT A CHRISTIAN IF YOU ARE OKAY WITH PROMOTING OTHER FALSE RELIGIONS, THE BIBLE TELLS US TO SPREAD HIS WORD THROUGHOUT THE NATIONS! NOT HIDE IT AND PROMOTE SATANIC AGENDAS! Y’ALL MUST BE DEVIL WORSHIPERS! I REBUKE THE THOUGHT THAT DENYING CHRIST IS OKAY! THE SATAN KNOWS THAT CHRIST IS REAL THAT IS WHY HE PLACED PEOPLE LIKE YOU IN THIS WORLD TO HELP SPREAD HIS LIES! SHAKING MY HEAD AND PRAYING FOR NORTH AMERICA WHICH WAS FOUNDED ONLY TO BE ALLOWED TO SERVE OUR LORD AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST WITHOUT THE PERSECUTION OF DEATH!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s