Tuesday, October 11, 2011

State vs. Church vs. World

Do you see the thin lines?


This is a horrible thing. No one should fear reprisals in life because of a system of belief...one of many exceptions being...a belief in killing for kicks...That's just all bad. But, in a general sense, it would be a bad thing if Christians were legally subservient to some other religious body/ group/ sect. And here? They are!

But, wait! There's more!!

A lot of people love the idea of a "Christian" America. And my assertion is in no way that a country united in it's devotion to God would be a powerful thing. But that's not what "Christian" America, would be, I am sorry to say.
  Morris!!! Why on earth do you say that?
     "Power corrupts. Absolute power, corrupts absolutely."
No one believes that when they're in power. Not even Christians...Especially not Christians.
  The Dutch Reformed Church in South Africa...ooo...not a winner.

  Ireland vs. Ireland. Not only not Christians' finest hour, but Christian vs. Christian. TERRORISM!
  All of the Crusades. I hope I don't have to explain this one.
  Since the day Constantine used a sword to defend the faith, powerful Christians have done the same things that  powerful Muslims, powerful Atheists, and every other powerful interest has ever done... crazy stuff.
 
 I'm not even saying it's bad. I'm saying it's true. The legislative arm of the contemporary church is fixated on solving whatever problem they see as the most important on Capitol Hill. Alexis de Tocqueville talks about the tyranny of the majority and how it has the potential to drive democracy over a cliff. The craziest part?
The Craziest Part?
THE CRAZIEST PART?

In 5 years. In 10 years. In 50 years when demographic distribution is totally upended, the majority won't look the same at all.

What would it be like if LGBTQ persons composed the majority?
Latin Americans?
Feminists?
Peace Lovers?
Communists?
...
Mutants*?

When they are the true majority, if they treat you, legislatively, exactly the way you want to treat them, could your handle it? If so great. But think long about it, before you start patting yourself on the back. In 50 years, it may not be so simple.

*(I really wanted to put the chess scene from the first X-Men movie here, but slow exposition dialogue scenes from action films are remarkably hard to find for use.)