Politics and Religion

That’s me in my first communion garb, when I got married to Jesus. I grew up with a Catholic mom who didn’t attend church and an atheist father. It was strange. I never went to church after I was on my own.

I felt like “Jesus is just all right with me” (remember that song?) but I had my own personal Jesus (remember that song?) I didn’t think too deeply about it. “Jesus freaks/out in the streets/handing tickets out for God.” (Remember that song?) Inevitably, my friends who became Jesus freaks had been busted by their parents for smoking pot.

I went to church again when I had kids. I felt like, well, I’ll give them this base and then when they’re old enough, they can decide. They went to cathecism and got all their sacraments. Our pedophile priest went to jail. When the priest who wants your sons to be altar boys goes to prison, it changes you. Also, I didn’t like other things. Their anti-abortion stance. No women priests. No married priests. It was so messed up.

I tried a few other churches but when my favorite “non-denominational” church fired our minister because she was Jewish, I lost faith. It feels really good to have faith but no matter, mine was gone. I hope there’s something after death, but chances are, there’s not. I still pray, and it works, there’s something inside me that responds to prayer. I’m comforted by the Buddha, who, when asked if there was a God, did not respond. Nobody knows, and that’s a fact. But I accept and understand the place religion has in people’s lives. I just don’t like the thing where it has to be one religion.

As for politics, I’m from a working class background and so is my husband. Our families have been union people from the beginning and we have always voted Democrat. I used to say I was an independent but I have never voted Republican. I take it election by election and I always like the Democrat candidate better. Usually they are more in line with every woman’s right to make all decisions concerning her body. I hate racism and bigotry and I see more of that in some candidates than others.

So, why did I just say all this? Well, this week I did a few political posts on Facebook, and I don’t usually do that. So I’ve been thinking about it all. Why is it a thing that we don’t talk about politics or religion? They seem like important topics to me, more now than ever. Yesterday, for 28 minutes, Hawaii believed they were being hit by a nuclear bomb. I think about that every day. That any day could be that day, and it seems this president more than any other kind of wants that. So maybe having a conversation or two about the politics and religion behind war and bombs isn’t a bad idea. Maybe it’s a very good one. Namaste.

19 Comments

  1. Why don’t people talk much about religion? I’ve learned those who want to share their religious beliefs with you don’t really want to hear about yours. I’ve had some strange reactions from people when I’ve told them I’m an atheist (“I’ll pray for you.” “You’re a good person — I’m sure you’ll get into heaven.” “How can you celebrate Christmas without believing?”) so I usually don’t share. I don’t like being judged.

    My feeling is “Whatever gets you through the night, it’s all right….”

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    1. Yes, my atheist friends get a lot of disrespect — you don’t pray for an aethist. You respect their right to be who they are. Thanks for sharing — I understand why it’s not always easy to do so. You are awesome & I’m glad you’re my friend xo

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    1. Thank you Khaled. The Dalai Lama said in his book “The Art of Happiness” that LOVE is his religion. In an unknowable universe, I think that’s the best answer I’ve ever heard. So again thanks for reaffirming the peace and love part of being human. 🙂

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  2. Thanks for a great post. It really made me think about some things, specifically why don’t we talk more about politics and religion?!? Then I remembered some people are close-minded when it comes to those subjects and ruins it for the rest of us. I appreciate and respect any religion (or none!)and political view that appreciates and respects those that have differing views. Civil conversation is possible. Namaste.

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    1. Cheryl, thank you for chiming in with your wisdom. Most people who talk about religion just want you to be on their path, so it turns into a fight for who is “right” and with politics it’s similar, but scarier because so many people don’t want to know. I used to be like that.

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  3. I can understand that. But, gracious! It isn’t too difficult to see where we all stand these days. The shadow sides of politics and religion are being exposed. I see where many folks stand and have been surprised by how tightly they cling to their ideologies. That has certainly scared me.

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  4. I have lost friends too, and in other friendships I can’t help wondering if they are even paying attention. They shut down and won’t engage on politics at all. They freeze me out and change the subject. I keep hoping someone will say that if nothing else his tweets are horrifying. Forget the lies, the venom. What’s with all the Random caps?

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    1. Not sure Nancy but thank you! I have a feeling Word Press is involved. Like only Word Press people can like … I’ve gotten some more questions similar to yours. Sometimes I can’t like even a Word Press comment until I hit “comment” and then scroll up a little bit and I can hit like from there. Try that. Still, I appreciate you letting me know. I’ll talk to my web person:)

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  5. Born a Jew, love the culture, can’t get into the religious dogma. I celebrate the holidays out of tradition and have invited many Christian friends to participate so we can ask each other questions. After 64 years I’m okay that my concept of God is the spirit that runs through each of our hearts. If you are a good person with values that cherish your fellow human and respect people’s right to believe as long as it doesn’t involve harm to others, you belong, no matter what brand you choose. And what people call prayer, I call “good energy.” It works. Nameste back at you and thanks for the lovely post.

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