My pal over at this blog is enjoying the “show” of democracy in action. Today she mentioned this snopes post about Obama’s religion. Also today in The Dilbert Blog, Scott Adams opens a discussion about religion and politics. I figure it’s the day to talk about both and I might as well add my $0.02 worth.
I rather enjoyed Scott Adams’ idea about how people (theoretically) should vote for people who subscribe to the beliefs about the same G-d, because G-d should trump all.
And I was thinking about that for a minute and came to the following conclusion (which you may or may not choose to take to the voting booth with you). Historically, most (perhaps all) of the U.S. Presidents have subscribed to some branch of Christianity. And, for the sake of argument let’s just agree that the manual (user guide, documentation) for conducting life (and all aspects thereof, including your job — in this case politics) is the Bible.
But it’s a pretty large book, and it would be kind of hard to meet all the documentation therein. So, for the sake of brevity, let’s just go with those commandment things that are all the rage (I think there was even a movie made about them) …
(Hmmmm, I don’t think the stone tablets came down written in English).
And, generally, as a rule, at least in MY lifetime, I don’t think any of the presidents did a really stellar job of keeping those to the letter. (Okay — maybe we wouldn’t be doing so awful bad if we removed a few of the 10 clauses, like maybe “lie,” “kill,” “adultery,” and “steal,” oh and “lust” Jimmy Carter’s favorite).
So, for the sake of simplicity let’s just fast forward to the New Testament and stick with the two laws that Jesus said should cover all the bases (a/k/a the Golden Rule) “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” (Mark 12:30-32)
For a summary of how we are doing on that pick up a phone (any phone) and call a number (any number) in Canada or Mexico and ask how we’re doing on that one.
So, I’ve come to the conclusion that I’m not going to spend a great deal of time worrying about the religious beliefs of any of the candidates, cause let’s face it — folks might talk a good game when it comes to religion – but follow through lacks a bit.
(And please don’t take any of this seriously — I’m in the tax business and it’s opening day).