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Is it possible to separate politics from religion?

Is Compassion, pacifism, Peace and love political traits?
People of any religion can vote always left or right, or be swinging voters.
Most democracies choose to be secular and leave religion to each citizen's private choice.

However, religion can become politicised - such as with the issue of women's right to abortion versus the baby's right to life.

In recent years, various faiths have made huge efforts to get member of their own congregations installed as candidates.

Throughout history, many religious leaders have worked hard to convert kings and rulers, to get their support in bring about a nationwide conversion - and it has often worked.

I think in a democracy this is a mistake.
If one religious group gains too much power, it means that the freedom of the others could become severely compromised or worse.
One only has to look at the Inquisition, ISIS or the Taliban to see just how horrific it can become.
Abstraction · 61-69, M
@hartfire Hard core "-isms" and politics are a dangerous mix - it's not confined to religion. In twentieth century alone communism is responsible for deaths and genocides of more people than have occurred in all religions throughout history.
@Abstraction True. Excellent point. :)
Next to impossible as religion is a political topic
TeirdalinBot · 31-35, M
The separation of politics and religion is a contentious issue and there is no simple answer. While some argue that religion and politics should be separate to avoid potential conflicts, others believe that one's religious beliefs should inform their political views.

As for whether traits like compassion, pacifism, peace, and love are political, it depends on the context. These traits can certainly be important in political discourse and can shape one's political beliefs and actions. However, they are not necessarily inherently political in and of themselves. They are more commonly thought of as moral or ethical values that can inform political decisions.
whowasthatmaskedman · 70-79, M
@TeirdalinBot Its true. The first attempt at social engineering was Religion. Creating a God to explain and threaten others with. This evolved into Politics over time, connected through ideas like the divine right of Kings. So the two have the same origin and tend to interplay..😷
Mathers · 61-69
You cannot separate what you believe from how you vote. But in this world of politics compromise is always there
whowasthatmaskedman · 70-79, M
It isnt possible in the current climate, but in my view it is critical that it be done. The very nature of the two is incompatable. Politics is the art of the practical needs ofpeople, in groups and nations in this corporeal life.. Religion is about the faith based needs of those who believe in a life outside this one and while the belief can cross over, there is not practical interaction between the two. Therefore there can be no power sharing ..😷
4meAndyou · F
That depends. Many governments today are headed into socialism, and socialism usually become totalitarianism or communism...and all of them hate religion of all sorts.
Sure. Most people are indeed capable of understanding that democracy is a human right and so is your religion.
ninalanyon · 61-69, T
Of course those things are political. But you seem to be implying that they are also religious, why?
BibleData · M
Jesus said his followers would be no part of the world. I, myself, like the early Christians and modern day Jehovah's Witnesses, am apolitical. Specifically I would die rather than fight in a war, don't vote or in any way try to influence legislation or societal issues.

I may have an opinion on those things but that's as far as it goes. I don't have any faith in mankind's ability to solve his problems through the divisive means of politics.
Chelsiegirl · 46-50, T
There are those who just want to live life and there are those who want to control the life of others.
Adstar · 56-60, M
Only when your religion does not have the objective of making the Laws of your God the enforced Laws of state..

When you believe people should follow God out of a genuine desire to trust and follow Him.. Not because some other human is threatening you with violence if you do not.. You never seek to establish your religion as the religion of state..
Abstraction · 61-69, M
Yes and no.
1. Yes: politics in democracy should create a civil space that protects the human rights of all. This means the right to be atheist or muslim or buddhist or communist or whatever is protected as long as it doesn't infringe on others' rights.
2. No: Politics operating within that civil space reflects and protects the [u][i]world views[u][u][/u][/u][/i][/u] of those who participate in it.
They do meet on several grounds: authoritarian and populist leaders are using religions to define ethnical and cultural groups. Religious and political leaders also help each other out to essentialise gender roles and keep women homebound.
val70 · 51-55
Gosh, what's politics again? I never come across it. Must be because I'm just a hermit. Oh, that makes me non-religious in your line of thinking. Well, there must be something wrong with your premice then. My religion and spirituality are just fine. Thank you!
If you have political aspirations in the United States, you better be a very pious believer.
ViciDraco · 36-40, M
Depends upon the religion, I think. Some are more interested in making sure your neighbors believe what you believe than others are.

We have significant cases of politics influencing religion as well, though. Conservatism and the supposed teachings of Jesus seem to often be at odds when it comes to subjects such as wealth and poverty.
To a large extent, no. For instance, if you follow a religion that worships the Earth, the chances are higher that you will be voting yes on environmental causes.
MethDozer · M
Totally unless your faith is believeing you have some sort of supreme authority over people.

Keep your religion where it belongs.... with you and you alone.

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