Democracy cannot Co-Exist with [orthodox] Religion:

23 Apr

Neither man, nor a nation, “can serve two masters.”

Since a democracy, in many of its forms, is a system where the majority of the people hold the final authority, and because all [monotheist] religions accept a G-d as the supreme authority, the two cannot Co-exist unless one, likely religion, is subservient to the other.

The 2012 United States Republican primaries brought to the forefront the issue of religion and a democratic state Co-existing as equals. One of the leading potential GOP nominees, Rick Santorum, a highly religious Catholic demonstrated the conflict when religion and democracy are vying for authority.

Nick Santorum, the ex-Senator from Pennsylvania, said, among many other things, that when he listened to President Kennedy, the first Catholic President of the United States, say that he, President Kennedy, would not allow religion to interfere with governing, that he, Senator Santorum, “nearly pukes!” Santorum, the young Pennsylvanian ex-Senator made the point of this post clear, religion and a democratic government cannot exist a Co-equals, one must be subservient to the other. Pragmatically, as a number of religious “Republics” demonstrate, when religion is the dominant authority, democracy is simply ridiculed. A case in point is the Islamic Republic of Iran, a country in which elections are simply a display of autocracy, the leader is always elected, always elected by plurality that is completely inconsistent with free-will.

Samples from around the world demonstrate conclusively that for religion to survive, and even prosper, in a democracy, it must be subservient to civil law. Many religious zealots, such as Senator Santorum, would likely argue the point, yet examples abound, in support of this contention. In a democracy, the relations between religion and state authority cannot be abused without repercussions. For example, when the Obama Administration of the United States attempted to force religious institutions, such as Catholic schools, to provide contraceptives to its members, the democratic process came into play, and the Administration had to back down from its stance.

Even in the State of Israel, a sample of an effective democratic system, but a system that is greatly influenced by religion, civil law prevails. Israel, unlike the United States, has many political parties with widely varying views. Because of the plurality of opinions, the Israeli Government, since the establishment of the State, always included an orthodox religious party in the ruling coalition. As the result of the greater than common religious influence on state governance, Israeli law includes many provisions which the secular part of the population dislikes, but that originates in religious law. Even in Israel, however, in all critical issues civil law is the law of the land.

United States religious leaders must realize, as most do, that their desires must comply the law of the land, or perish.

Finally: Religion can play a major role in the governance of a democratic country, but it must not interfere with civil law, or be destroyed!

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