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  •  Well, I said it before and I'll say it again... (0+ / 0-)

    ...yours is, at best, a very limited and jaded understanding of religion.  I do appreciate the diary because it provides a better understanding of where you're coming from, but I disagree with much of what you say.  

    You claim "religion is politics," and there is some truth to that but religion is not solely politics, nor has it ever been that way.  By your definition, any organization, regardless of purpose, achieves political power to some degree based upon membership and money.  And there is some truth to that too.  But I don't judge an organization, especially a religion, solely by their political power or stance.  For example, organizations like Hamas and Hizbullah strike many non-Muslim Americans the wrong way due to their political stances and para-military activities.  But both of these organizations are also charities, heavily involved in providing social services to their communities because other organizations, such as government agencies, have failed to do so.  The same for churches and other religious institutions closer to home.  They are not simply political organizations or political action committees, and any claim that they are is naive.

    Nor do I have a problem with giving public funds to religious institutions if they meet the criteria which the government sets for the use of its money.  Each organization, whether secular or religious, has an ideology that it promotes, otherwise there is no purpose for the organization's existence.  But it's the government's responsibility to set the criteria for which the money is to be given out and to monitor how the funds are actually used, regardless of what the organization's ideology is.  Setting a blanket injunction against religious institutions from receiving public funds simply because they have an ideology (which all organizations have) is akin to cutting off one's nose to spite one's face.

    Muslims and tigers and bears, oh my!

    by JDsg on Sun Mar 11, 2012 at 10:40:57 PM PDT

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