Politics in this country are as polarized as ever. People are unfriending each other on Facebook, because of political posts that are pissing each other off. This I don’t understand. I view politics just like any other hobby. I don’t unfriend people, because of their crafting hobbies. Suzie is posting 50 things to do with pipe cleaners AGAIN I think I’m going to have to unfriend her.
I think with all of my armchair political analysis I have drilled it down to why our nation is so polarized and hostile these days. Steve Fitzgerald, a KS State Senate candidate summed it up perfectly, ”The contention that I said that one cannot be Catholic or Christian and a Democrat is not an unreasonable summation of what I actually said,” Fitzgerald said. “My actual message was fix the party or leave.”
And there you have it my friends. Judgement that used to only be reserved for God is now a full contact sport for some politicians. Vote and believe like me and go to heaven. Don’t and go burn in hell. You can’t get much more politically polarizing than that. It goes much deeper than unfriending on Facebook.
Take for example the campaign for US Senate in Missouri. I just heard yesterday that the Duggars are campaigning for Todd Akin. Think about that for a moment. Are the Duggars known for their massive knowledge about public policy? No. Are they known for their sophisticated understanding about government? Nope again. The Duggars are known for their radical practice of Christianity and expertise at home hair permanent waves. The last time I watched an episode of the Duggars it went like this:
The Duggars decided to doggie sit. The Duggarettes thought it would be super fun to feed the doggie cheese. Doggie gobbled up cheese and crapped all over the floor. Mommie Duggar said no-no to baby Duggars. The end.
With that we have the official endorsement of Congressman Akin for Senator of Missouri. Based on? Help me here… Based on nothing more than their faith. You mean Todd Akin couldn’t have said to Jim Bob, “Thanks man, you keep cleaning up those rental properties with help from your own child labor, I’ve got this thing.”
You might be thinking to yourself, “What does a Jewish girl know about Christianity?” Well, turns out, I went to a Southern Baptist College. I did my share of reading the Bible. Other than kicking ass at the New Testament category on Jeopardy, it gave me a general understanding and appreciation for Christianity. Here is what I know. One party cannot claim a religion. Christianity is complex and very personal. If one party can claim it, because of their views on abortion, the other party can claim it because of their views on helping the poor in our country. I don’t think Jesus would have suggested the poor in this country pull themselves up by their boot straps.
I’ve always found it perplexing when a candidate says that God told him/her that he/she should run for office. If they don’t win what is the message from God – you’re a loser?
Let’s take an example from our Founding Father’s and Separate Church and State. Don’t unfriend me on Facebook, because of my political views and I won’t unfriend you because you love scrap booking. One political party isn’t going to heaven and the other party isn’t going to hell. This is not all good vs. all bad. Tone down the hatred and the absolutes that is something that is definitely not religious. Let people define themselves and their faith.
Now excuse me while I gather my arsenal so I can declare my war on Christmas. It’s coming up on the season.