Tonight is our second Guest Posts we have for Agree or Disagree.
This post is from Kathleen Smith. She has been a regular commentator of several Agree or Disagree. She also has a heartbeat in what goes in both Edmonton and Provincial Politics. You can read her blog at kikkiplanet.com and you can follow her @kikkiplanet.com.
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In two recent major elections Alberta’s provincial election and the re-election of Obama in the USA, we witnessed politicians and political parties invoking the name of Jesus and using Christianity as a means to gain credibility and votes.
The result has been a co-opting of theology by ideology that often results in the painting of all Christians as homophobic, misogynistic, uneducated, and anti-science – an unfair stereotyping, to say the least.
Has this co-opting of Christianity by Conservatives corrupted faith, or have the faithful corrupted Christianity and Conservatism by tying it to ideology, thereby refusing to abide by what founding father Jefferson saw as an absolutely vital aspect of democracy, the separation of church and state, as laid out in the Dansbury Letters:
“Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between Man & his God, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship, that the legitimate powers of government reach actions only, & not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should “make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,” thus building a wall of separation between Church & State. Adhering to this expression of the supreme will of the nation in behalf of the rights of conscience, I shall see with sincere satisfaction the progress of those sentiments which tend to restore to man all his natural rights, convinced he has no natural right in opposition to his social duties.