--- In deathtoreligion@y..., Captain Trips <tripsbanzai@y...> wrote:
> The leader of Israel is also their religious leader as well?
With Isreal. No. They have a state religion but they have seperate
leaders for religion and politics.
> Well, as previously mentioned, history is not my forte. Current
> events suffers as well by proxy. When I was writing that, I was
> thinking about Iran and their shaw (which is probably not spelled
> that way). Isn't he the political and religious leader of their >
In Iran. The leader of the country is a religious leader.
> The 9/11 attacks were also perpetrated by those who combine politics
> with religion, but they aren't viewed in the light of this is what
> happens when you combine the two.
It's actually what happens when a person believes that politics should
be dictated by religion.
> The terrorists are viewed as fanatics, on a holy war to attack the
> religion of the west (christianity).
In a way this is actually quite true. Just that they want to attack a
lot more then just christianity.
> And this unfortunate viewpoint only serves to strengthen the ties of
> religion and politics, to defend said religion.
Yes. For some christians it becomes a war against the muslims. It's
good to see that it hasn't gotten to that stage and I think those
actually running it from the US axis (i.e. not bush) should be
congratulated for it. It would've been very easy to make it a
religious war (bush almost did).
> I knew I was probably wrong when I wrote that there were no modern
> examples, but maybe the problem is that they are not being "spun" as
> problems stemming from a lack of separation between church and
> state,and thus praising our system for keeping such forces in check.
That is the problem. Another problem is that many christians have
this strange idea that their religion is somehow better then any
others (in reality it's actually a good deal worse then the others)
and so they're religion wouldn't do such things.
Therefore they just can't see the problem that's staring them right in