21 August 2010

On Religion

Recently, there have been a surge of information about the religious sentiment that is currently permeating the United States. First of all, about 20 percent of Americans think that Obama is a Muslim, which is actually, incorrect. A lot of Americans seem to be misinformed, and easily swayed by the media. Besides, why does a President's religion need to matter? I find it rather bizarre that current Americans seem to think that it does, when they seem to be forgetting one of the tenets of their forefathers. Thomas Jefferson actually was the main proponent of the separation of church and state.

Second, I am glad that the court case in Utah about building crosses on highways to memorialize dead patrolmen were deemed a constitutional violation. Of course, it should be deemed that way. I have no problem with religious displays, after all, it is supposed to be a free country, right? But I will have a problem if the government endorses one such religion to others, when it should be a secular state. Displaying crosses are fine, but I don't think it is fine if the government uses its own funds to do so. If Utah thinks that it could erect crosses on highways to commemorate their fallen patrolmen (with the consent of the families of course), I think that is tantamount to endorsing the religion symbolized by the cross to the general thinking public who will pass by those crosses every time they drive by the highway.

Third, I have been following the New York City Islamic Center controversy. I am glad that the American Civil Liberties Union has released a statement supporting it. After all, everyone should have the right to worship, no matter what religion one has. Regardless if it is close to a terrorism site or not. After all, there are other things that are close to Ground Zero, such as strip bars and off-track betting establishments, and yet these enemies of the "Ground Zero Mosque" aren't saying something about it.

While in the shower, a thought occurred to me, that it's rather funny that I have been rather worked up with this topic, when in fact I don't have my own religion. I am not a Muslim, nor a Christian, and for all intents and purposes, I view religion just as another delusion that some people may find therapeutic uses of. However, I also believe that everyone has the right to choose their beliefs, and if other people would like to believe in a religion because that makes sense to them, then go for it. I just don't want others to force their beliefs down my throat.

So how do I end this post? Maybe perhaps a satire of Sarah Palin might be in order. Perhaps this just shows that her logic as to why she is opposed to the "Ground Zero Mosque" (the real nomenclature for the establishment is the Cordoba House, just so you know) is rather flippant and faulty.

(Inca Corridor, from my Qorikancha Series)


  1. Americans are a bit weird when it comes to religion... as a non-militant atheist, I don't understand all the issues. To each his own I guess. I don't mind religions, as long as the church is separated from the state.

  2. Zhu,

    That's my take too. As long as the church is separated from the state, I am fine with it. However, that doesn't seem to be the norm here, as these issues prove.