Whilst in hospital I always have my laptop with me. Firstly it allows me to somehow still be connected to the “outside world,” secondly it keeps me away from boredom watching dvds or listening to music and thirdly, I do not have to spend £10 per day potentially for the tv next to my bed. Instead I can just watch internet tv. Notably, the bbc channels online. So whilst watching bbc news I heard about this Lady Warsi speaking in front of an audience at the Vatican, so I obviously needed to search the internet for more information about this. And the result:
Her whole argument is that religion needs to be central to society and more important central in politics with the way Parliament and the Councils are run.
Religion is already central in society, its dividing us and causing us wars and conflict as we speak. If British politics were to allow religion to take a central role in their jobs, then this will further fan the flames of religious conflict. And make no mistake about it, when it comes down to it, religion causes conflict, it does not bring people together.
Let me explain this further, for example when religions fundraise, they do it in such a way that they purposefully exclude those that should not be recipients of their charity simply because of their different religious beliefs. My school, St Josephs Catholic College, it would not allow us to fundraise for Cancer Research UK because it did not follow strict Catholic guidelines in its research!
As I travel about I find Muslim based charity shops with advertisements asking their community to raise money to help their own Muslim brothers or sisters.
Now do not misunderstand me, charity is right, it should be done. But religion will only raise money for charity for “their own.” They will not integrate with other religions to help each other. They exclude all but their own to help. It is “religious charity” but with strings attached. WOW, what a show of love for another human being in need!
Religion is already participating in “militant secularisation” with each other! Now we all know that politics is in its very nature divided, we add religion to the mix and it will be a tangled mess of epic proportions! Religion in other words will muddy the waters. It has no business in politics because it cannot do anything to improve it or bring anything useful to the table. It will act to polarise opinions.
And I for one do not want religion to be involved in politics when it is based on superstition and a god that they cannot prove exists. They base their evidence on feelings or faith. Politics is based on evidence and reasoned arguments to make society a better place to live in. Religion on the other hand does not make the world a good place to live in. Where politics tries to bring society together creating laws and public services EVERYONE can use no matter what creed or religion, religion will cherry pick who will receive their charity! We do not need politics to be such cherry pickers either.
This is what Lady Warsi is ultimately advocating though. She believes that because England and Europe is founded on the christian religion, that this should be at the forefront of society and in the middle of the nature of politics. That the christian religion has the right to be in the centre of politics and society. This divine power that the christian religion claims to have and to be the source of thus dictates that they should have a part to control politics and thus society as a whole.
I will wipe her statement and arguments clean with one simple question, why can’t judaism be in the centre of politics and society? By only allowing christianity to have control within the sphere of politics, you are yourself participating in your so called “militant secularisation” yourself by excluding other religions! According to the bible, christianity came from judaism. So actually it was judaism that was the foundational religion of Europe and England because without judaism, christianity would not have existed!
Furthermore, which branch of Christianity should take such a place in the centre of politics and society, should it be the catholics, protestants, church of england etc? Lady Warsi has taken such a basic stance on something so complex, by all such appearances how naive!
But how does the Vatican obviously respond to this blatant pandering to their religious desires of dominance and power of politics and society? Its not really much of a surprise to be honest………below, is a link to the article called “Vatican welcomes Lady Warsi’s comments on ‘intolerant secularisation.'”