My friend Amber did an interesting post over at her blog today

It’s titled10 reasons why I voted for Barack Obama.

I am a registered republican, but I’m finding it to be too conservative.

Amber wrote:

#2-  Religion. The stranglehold that the Christian Conservative vote has on the Republican party is frightening to me.  You know- those same people who wouldn’t vote for Mitt Romney because he was a Mormon and not a Christian?  The ones who preach against my religion during their religious services and make movies detailing why we are horrible people who belong to a cult? Those people.  I think that in a country as diverse as ours we can’t cater everything to the furthest right.  I want the freedom to practice my religion as I see fit- and allow others that same privilege (or the privilege not to practice religion as well).  Others that are Muslim, Jewish, Evangelicals, Christians, Catholics, Hindu, Buddhist, Wickens, atheists, agnostics etc. Separation of church and state is an important issue and my fear of not being able to practice my religion comes from people who don’t believe that I’m a Christian because I don’t believe like them more then people who don’t believe in Jesus Christ at all.

I hadn’t thought of the religious point of view, but what she said really resonated with me.

I also agreed with a lot of what she said in her post.

2 Responses to “Politics”

  1. Jonathan Blake Says:

    It is terribly important that those of us who hold minority religious views (such as the LDS) uphold the separation of church and state. It is our freedom that is most at stake. Witness the Supreme Court case brought by Mormon families in Santa Fe, Texas who were the victims of state-sponsored religious discrimination.

    “First, in April 1993, while plaintiff Jane Doe II was attending her seventh grade Texas History class, her teacher, David Wilson, handed out fliers advertising a Baptist religious revival. Jane Doe II asked if non-Baptists were invited to attend, prompting Wilson to inquire about her religious affiliation. On hearing that she was an adherent of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormon), Wilson launched into a diatribe about the non-Christian, cult-like nature of Mormonism, and its general evils. Wilson’s comments inspired further discussion among Jane Doe II’s classmates, some of whom reportedly noted that ‘he sure does make it sound evil, ‘ and ‘gee, . . . it’s kind of like the KKK, isn’t it?’ Jane Doe II was understandably upset by this incident, and two days later, her mother, Jane Doe I, complained to SFISD. Because Wilson’s actions were concededly contrary to written SFISD policies barring the distribution of religious literature in class or the verbal abuse of any student, he was given a written reprimand and directed to apologize to the Does and to his class.”

  2. Amber @ Soggy Cheerios Says:

    Hey! Thanks for your comments. I’m glad to find that I’m not the only one that feels that separation of church and state is MORE important as far as pushing for less religion in politics then more. I swear I’ve been looked at cross-eyed for saying that before.