Uncle Roger's Notebooks of Daily Life
My life is, to me, ripe with frequent challenges, occasional successes, spontaneous laughter, adequate tears, and enough *life* to last me a lifetime. To you, however, it surely seems most pedestrian. And therefore, I recycle the name I used previously and call this my Notebooks of Daily Life. Daily, because it's everyday in nature, ordinary. These conglomeration of events that are my life are of interest to me because I live it, perhaps mildly so to those who are touched by it, and could only be of perverse, morbid curiosity to anyone else. Yet, I offer them here nonetheless. Make of them what you will, and perhaps you can learn from my mistakes.
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Wednesday, August 15, 2012
There are a lot of people in this country who believe that the United States was founded as a Christian nation and that it should be run as such. Never mind, for the moment that the US was explicitly founded as a secular nation; there are those who would like to and are working to turn this country into a theocracy -- a nation ruled by religion. Existing examples of theocracies include Iran, Afghanistan, and Saudi Arabia. And, of course, the Vatican.
The problem with a theocracy, at least in this country (unless the existing structure, including the constitution is to be completely discarded) is that if the elected leaders are allowed to impose their beliefs on the general populace, there will always be those who do not follow the same religion as the elected leaders. The upcoming (2012) presidential election is a perfect example.
A lot of people believe that, as Christians, Mitt Romney is the best choice for them. They feel that he will impregnate the government with their biblical values. The problem is that, while Mittens is technically a Christian, he is first and foremost a Mormon.
To say that he is a Christian is like telling someone you're serving beef for dinner and the setting a plate of rocky mountain oysters in front of them. Yes, technically, they came from a cow (a bull calf, actually), but they're certainly not what most people think of when they think beef. When they actually find out more about them, a lot of people may decide that they're completely unpalatable.
The same is true of Mr. Romney. While his campaign is sure to highlight the views he shares with conservative Christian voters, it will undoubtedly downplay the differences between what he believes.
Coating them in batter and deep-frying them doesn't make a bull's testicles a steak and focusing on Romney's opposition to abortion and oppression of the LGBT community doesn't change the fact that he believes that no one should drink coffee, smoking cigarettes is right out, and that his special underwear will protect him from bullets and bogeymen alike.
Now, if you don't want to give up your morning cup o' joe and don't want to end up wearing a burqa, perhaps it's best we just agree to keep religion out of government and let everyone practice their beliefs as they see fit. Oh, wait, that's how it's supposed to work anyway. Imagine that. Now let's all vote for a candidate smart enough to figure that out.