Opinion: Politics and Religion, the promiscuity

Why is religion associated with politics in some Muslim countries? Is that the only way? Well, we must learn from the past, once again. Lets look to Europe’s past. The Holy Inquisition was responsible for the stalemate of knowledge, affecting the scientific development. Societies didn’t grow up with freedom in its base, citizens were forced to believe in God, because it was the only path. Catholic Church lost all of its religious fundamentals, because it was no longer a way for liberating. So, the history tells us that the promiscuity of religion and politics are wrong, very wrong. When this happens, religion is orientated towards goals associated to power. In my point of view, when this happens, religion turns into a tool of manipulation. Normally, fake interpretations occur. In someĀ Muslims countries, the promiscuity of religion and politics are destroying freedom, institutions and civil societies. I’m talking about the radical wing, of course. The use of religion by terrorist groups is a tremendous sin. God should be a reason for peace, not war. I believe that the real interpretation of the holy sphere is a way to reach peace, not conflicts. Religion and Politics shall evolve in parallel paths, always.

6 thoughts on “Opinion: Politics and Religion, the promiscuity

  1. Distinguishing between religion and the belief in and worship of God as the creator of life and grantor of liberty and happiness is important here. Anything can become a man’s religion and he will live accordingly. Religion encompasses all manner of tenants and beliefs. C. S. Lewis spoke about his journey from atheism to belief in God most eloquently.

    Human beings will always ultimately seek power which is what is seen in governments. The same thing happens when believers are organized under a central authority. They will ultimately loose sight of the Biblical message of faith, hope and charity as the responsibility of each individual believer as opposed to channeling that responsibility through some central organizational authority.

    These are my own opinions formed over a lifetime as a practicing christian. They are not what I have been taught to say…..

  2. I agree up to a point, but I’m not sure what you mean by the “promiscuity” of religion and politics. I agree that when one religion or sect (Catholic Christianity, say, or Sunni Islam) dominates politics, it can be expected to use political structures to suppress religious dissent, just as officially atheist regimes in the Soviet Union, China and (briefly) Mexico suppressed religion, especially religions that challenged the political establishment. But if you’re religious – or have any other strong philosophical views or values – it would be strange if this didn’t influence your political views. The anti-slavery movement in Britain, the Caribbean and the U.S.A., for example, was mainly religious (Protestant Christian) in origin. Quakers oppose war and oppression. I can see nothing wrong with the Catholic church having a position on abortion and pressing it in debate. South Africans would be puzzled by a suggestion that religion and politics ought not to influence one another: the Afrikaaner superiority was bolstered by a distorted version of Calvinism, but much of the resistance and the reconciliation movement had religious roots, as with Archbishop Tutu.

    As for the Christian church and science, it seems to me the problem was that the (Catholic) church had a strong association with learning in the Middle Ages; monks and priestly academics did a lot to advance science, rescue Greek and communicate Muslim understanding of the natural world; but the habits of orthodoxy and imposing positions, natural to their religious establishment, seeped into their behaviour on scientific controversies. Even so, scientists like Galileo and Kepler had far more freedom to advance their views than unorthodox religious preachers!

    • Thanks Simon for your comment. I agree with you,you showed an excellent point of view, but I need to expose my point of view again. I am not against the cultural influence of religion in societies. I perfectly understand, because I live in a Catholic country, that religion has influence in the behavior of the people, and that characteristic has impact in the law and governance of a country. In this article, the meaning of promiscuity has in its core the institutional relation between politics and religion. Religion must have a strong position in the civil society, but without any institutional and constitutional connection between, one more time, the political power and religion. But that is just my opinion!
      Best Regards, Simon!
      Keep in touch!

    • I’d agree here with Simon. Belief or unbelief is always associated with politics. The only question is how and why and what the particular belief is and where is it drawn from (and how firmly held).

      Thought provoking post here Barge.

  3. Some interesting stuff here, but the Christian church turned against science much earlier – when it became the state religion in the 4th century, putting an end to the openness and encouragement of sciences of Rome and especially Greece. And I’m not sure if ‘promiscuity’ is the word you are looking for here.

    • Hello Barb!

      The Holy Inquisition was just an example of the connection between religion and politics. At the present time, the main concern is the radical Islam. If we look into the sphere of international relations in the last 10 years, we can see that most of the occidental efforts in peace and security had Islam countries associated. It should be clear that I’m not against any religion, except the radical wings. The Inquisition were an example of the dubious connection, which I called promiscuity, between politics and religion. We can find much more examples, of course. In my point of view, religion is freedom and shall not be guided by power goals.

      Thank you for your comment!

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