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The Islamic Christian is pro-choice

March 29, 2012

 

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JUSTIN FORT
Managing Editor

 

Obama is a Muslim, Ron Paul is a Mormon and Rick Santorum is a conservative Christian.

 

The repetition of these comments, the first two not being true, is often the center of voter’s attention when discussing politics.

 

Almost every day, without fail, I overhear or engage myself in a conversation about politics. It is unavoidable, especially at this time. That is not what annoys me.

 

What annoys me are the people who have this idea that religion should be a major part of politics.

 

Religion, no doubt, is a part of the politician, but having the best beliefs does not make you more qualified to run a country. However, that candidate may make a very good priest or pastor.

 

The first and most common defense against what I’m saying is people replying that America is a Christian nation. It makes the most sense to disprove this first.

 

I seem to remember English emigrants complaining quite a bit about the uncertainty of whether to follow Catholicism or become a Protestant every time the nation changed rulers.

 

Settlers came to America to find a better life, and that began with escaping unjust persecutions for serving one’s god.

 

There weren’t just Catholics and Protestants leaving England. Christopher Columbus had two men of Muslim descent with him on his voyage to America. The Native Americans who inhabited this land first were not Catholic or Protestant.

 

Few people were really happy when King Henry VIII separated himself from the Catholic Church, established the Church of England in 1534 and went on a beheading spree.

 

I also do not remember too many people in my history classes rejoicing when learning about Queen Mary, affectionately known as Bloody Mary, and her hate for all things not Catholic.

 

History has shown that when a country tries to mandate a religion it leads to unhappiness, disapproval and murder.

 

America is not a Christian nation. Ideally, it is a nation that accepts all religions and favors none over another. Americans have religion; America does not.

 

America’s responsibility to religion begins and ends in the first amendment. Congress “shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion.” If only.

 

The next argument is that a Christian person would make a better leader. Many people believe that a person of strong faith would be more honest and do what is best for the people.

 

This flaw is simple. A Christian person does not know what is best for our nation any more than an atheist, agnostic or person of another faith.

 

Not allowing gay marriage has not and will not instantly make a candidate smarter or allow him to think of better national defense strategies. A man who cheats on his wife, such as Bill Clinton, does not lose all knowledge about decreasing national debt as he commits infidelity.

 

If these things have no effect on leadership, they should not be an emphasis in the realm of politics.

 

Lastly, focusing on personal issues rather than political issues leads many people to overlook all other positives candidates have to offer.

 

For instance, President Obama has received an enormous amount of criticism for merely having people of Muslim descent in his family. He is constantly insulted for not publicly belittling Islam.

 

In addition, Ron Paul’s website states that he is pro-life. It states his reasons he opposes against President Obama’s health care plan. It states that he supports lowering taxes and decreasing or removing certain taxes he believes are ineffective.

 

These are all things that appeal to voters in a state like Louisiana. These are all basic Republican beliefs, but Paul has received little support. It would be naïve not to suspect that his association with Mormonism plays some part in that.

 

I am not suggesting that we do away with religion, but we need to realize that countries like England that have over-emphasized religion have fallen. We need to realize that the worst feuds in the history of our world have been fought over religion- the crusades and the holocaust.

 

Religion is no longer a platform candidates stand on, but a crutch candidates hold on to when they begin going down.

 

Justin Fort is a senior journalism and pre-law major from Choudrant who serves as editor for The Tech Talk. Email comments to jwf014@latech.edu.

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8 Responses to The Islamic Christian is pro-choice

  1. Raborn Reply

    March 30, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    Well said. Let’s not let this distraction detract from the real ability and wisdom that the candidates may or may not hold.

  2. Ghamin Grey Reply

    March 30, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    Well said kind sir, well said.

  3. Justin Fort Reply

    March 30, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    Hey guys,
    this is Justin. I appreciate the comments and I hope the opinionated column was enjoyable for you. Thanks for reading and taking the time to respond!

  4. Joi Reply

    March 30, 2012 at 8:51 pm

    This is well-crafted and well-argued, Justin. As an alum, I appreciate the quality of your piece and how it represents Louisiana Tech. Good job, sir!

  5. Melody Reply

    April 10, 2012 at 7:56 pm

    My only qualm with this editorial is as follows: No one has ever called Ron Paul a Mormon, that’s Mitt Romney you’re thinking of. Other than that, I agree, religion has no place in politics. But if you’re editorializing, get your facts right. Responsible journalism should be priority.

  6. Daniel Brady Reply

    April 11, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    Lol. I think you wanted to say Willard “Mitt” Romney is a Mormon. Ron Paul is not.

  7. Justin Fort Reply

    April 12, 2012 at 10:35 pm

    No. I know Romney is the Mormon. I even stated that calling Paul a Mormon is inaccurate. My point with that is people have been criticizing Paul as well for not clearly defining his denomination and they throw titles around. That was in the first and second sentence.

  8. Isobel Reply

    April 17, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    I applaud you on your article, Mr. Fort. I would even go as far to say that it’s well thought out, but you really should get your facts straight. There are two horrendous blights on your article.

    The first being that you talk about being of “Muslim descent”. There is no such thing as being of “Muslim descent”. Unlike the Jews, who trace their descent via bloodlines, Muslims do not. Islam is a religion, albeit a way of life, not an ethnicity. You wrong them by lumping them all together.

    My second point being, and I quote,”We need to realize that the worst feuds in the history of our world have been fought over religion- the crusades and the holocaust”. The Holocaust was not a reaction against the religion, necessarily. Had it been, Hitler would have gone after every religious person in every country he attacked. Had you done any research, you would realize that, even though he went after Jews primarily, it wasn’t because of their religion — it was ethnocentrism. Also, please capitalize Holocaust.

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