This is kind of a sucky uninteresting question. So here it is: I think religion should be kept entirely separate from politics. It has no place in government.
Also? I tend to mistrust organised religion in general, just because there’s a bit of a history there with organised religion abusing power…
I don’t like any organisation that encourages people to follow ‘the herd’ without question. One of the greatest gifts we have as human beings, is the ability to think for ourselves, and form our own opinions. I think, at times, organised religion can discourage independent thought because people find it hard to overtly question instruction from a ‘higher power’.
While I respect everyone’s right to religion, I personally am not religious and I expect that to be respected as well.
I prefer to live up to my own standards and expectations, rather than anyone else’s.
As for politics? Democracy is a great gift, and all people who can, should exercise their right to vote. If you don’t vote, you don’t get to complain about the results. So there.
I also strongly believe the John Acton quote from 1887: Power corrupts; absolute power corrupts absolutely.
Our politicians should be held at the highest standards possible. They should be heavily monitored, by the public, the press, and the judiciary. We should all be taking a very active interest in what our politicians are doing.
And finally? The press coverage of important political issues really annoys me. The way our politics are reported is seldom ever unbiased, and always seeks to be as inflammatory, and sensational as possible. I wish more people would actually take the time to do a little more research on things like contentious bills, before they form an opinion.
The number of times I have a debate with someone over something like section 59 of the Crimes Act – otherwise known as the ‘anti-smacking bill’ (which on it’s own is a ridiculously misleading nickname gifted by the opposition and the press) – and they tell me they’ve formed a rigid opinion, and signed petitions etc etc – all without actually READING THE BILL??!! Or even just listening in to the debates in the House of Representatives on it? (Because, hey, they are totally available on TV, radio, and the internet.) It makes me want to beat them over the head with their own ill-informed opinions.
Yes, freedom to form your own opinions is a gift, but guys? At least attempt to make them EDUCATED opinions!
Wow. Look at me all opinion-y and stuff. So it seems I have more thoughts on politics, and religion than I realised.
Today’s question is going to have to be a little more rife with potential for drama than I usually like… So here goes nothing: What are your views on religion/ politics? *ducks for cover*
OR If neither of those are your thing, What gets you really riled up, and mad at strangers/media?