Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Religion and Politics

"There are two subjects you should never discuss: Religion and Politics."

"Heck, what else is there?" My mother always retorted.

Politics is all about living in this world, Religion about reaching the next. Isn't eternity permanent, and this life a determinate of our eternity? Doesn't, therefore, our religion determine our politics? So, like mother, like daughter: HECK, WHAT ELSE IS THERE?

A good question, particularly in light of the disturbing results of a recent survey by The Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life. Americans on average only got half the questions correct. Atheists and Agnostics did the best, but they still got a failing grade.

How did the Catholics do? Why, with all the effort from much of the Catholic education system, especially higher education, to suck up to the worldly and blend in with America's crumbling culture, we succeeded in matching the national average.

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