May 07, 2008

Conservatives Against Christianity in Politics: Mark Lowry Speaks Out

Blasphemous use of Jesus and God to promote political activities is unconscionable under any circumstance. However, tyrannical governments have often used that tactic to gain a foothold in the population for control and ultimate destruction of the church itself. Adolf Hitler is one of the prime examples of this tactic. He was successful in getting the church to accept his murder of millions of victims without complaint.


In this instance, I couldn't agree more with generally reactionary far-right-winger Mark W. Lowry. The use of religion in attempting to influence politics is blasphemous against both religion and reason, and all too often the religious fall victim to the depredations of skilled propagandists who rely upon the emotional appeal of faith to find support among those who embrace it to the exclusion of reason. Political decisions should ideally rely on addressing real world questions using logic based upon real world data.

Religion should stay in its own house lest we wind up with another Hitler on our hands. Kudos to Lowry for not going along with the current "science leads to murder" gobbledygook being spewed by certain propagandists who are doing exactly what he so despises. It's about time hardcore conservatives started waking up to the deleterious influence that religion can have on a culture.

Lowry isn't alone. Chicago Tribune religion writer Manya Brachear in her blog, The Seeker, talks about how there is a developing backlash against the politicization of religion that has produced an Evangelical Manifesto that will be released today:
"That way faith loses its independence, Christians become `useful idiots' for one political party or another, and the Christian faith becomes an ideology," according to the draft...

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