62% of British people say “there is no place in UK politics for religious influence of any kind” according to a poll conducted by the Times newspaper. So why is religion still influencing government laws? – That is the question. A topic that has been debated over by both the British government and Scottish parliament over recent years has been whether or not politics should be influenced by religion.
People of religion will be bound to make political judgements based on their religion and not on evidence and what’s good for their country. A modern world example of this is the United States of America, the republicans, a conservative political party which is one of the major parties in the U.S, they believe in very strict Christian values and that’s why the majority of Christians feel compelled to vote for the president representing that party, even if that party has a history of members that support disgusting acts such as: pedophilia, child molesting and sexual predators – the current president is even being proud to take part in some of these acts, but people ignore these facts as they have ‘Christian’ values.
Politicians play games with potential voters by playing with their faiths to earn their votes, and this will continue to happen if politics and religion stay united. They can do horrible things, in God’s name. A perfect example of this is third world countries, in third-world countries the education levels are so much lower sometimes that the religious leaders can use their positions to influence the people in power at the time, Countries like Iran, Iraq and Afghanistan use religion to keep the people afraid of their governments. The zealots know how to manipulate their populations for their own gains.
Politicians being biased and will try to only appease people of own religion – resulting in a divided nation.
You also have to admit that the two topics are not even similar, in fact, they have nothing in common, and there are no elements in each matter which combine them as they are two completely separate matters, as religion can be defined as “The belief in and worship of a superhuman controlling power, especially a personal God or gods.” According to Oxford dictionary – this makes religion a personal belief whereas politics is defined as “The activities associated with the governance of a country or area, especially the debate between parties having power.” Also defined by Oxford dictionary – Politics is not a personal belief because it concerns an entire nation which may contain millions of people.
Let’s not forget what history has taught us, as Eleanor Roosevelt said, “Learn from the mistakes of others. You can’t live long enough to make them all yourself.” So why have we not learnt from what history has taught us? History has shown us that allowing religion and politics to collide with one another can cause big conflicts, even as big as wars. Take the Spanish inquisition – or, The Tribunal of the Holy Office of the Inquisition for example, it was done to make sure that people of other religions converted to Catholicism, they gave the non-Catholics the choice to either convert or to leave, they would torture them in several ways and as many as 30,000+ people were killed. There is no doubt that the Spanish Inquisition was a deadly one. Rick Warren, a renowned pastor told the world, “We are products of our past, but we don’t have to be prisoners of it.”