Despite the rise in the number of Americans who identify as either atheist or agnostic, most of our citizens continue to hold strong religious beliefs in some sort of deity or ‘higher intelligence’. As a general proposition, there are elements of truth in all religions, and most of these promote peace, love, and tolerance, all of which go towards making a more harmonious society. For these reasons, the Government respects the right to worship of all believers and does not interfere in any way with this. Indeed, many of our top leaders are devout Christians, Muslims or Hindus. There is also a modest representation from the Jewish faith in the upper echelons of the establishment.
What is also clear, however, is that with the exception of Islam, all the above major religions are now over 2000 years old. With the passage of time, it is inevitable that the original messages become blurred or forgotten, key scripts are either lost or had to be rewritten well after the event, meaning that doctrinal differences of interpretation begin to emerge. Whilst such differences may seem unimportant in the modern world, the truth is that these are at the heart of discord, emnity and give religion a bad name.
We can also observe how the purported teachings of certain religions are diametrically opposed to what their followers actually believe and practice. As an example, the Catholic Church and most Christian denominations teach that abortion and homosexual acts are greatly ‘sinful’. However, many devout Catholic politicians like Nancy Pelosi are staunchly pro-choice. Pelosi is on record as saying, for example:
“The issue of late-term abortion is one that has been used by the far right to fight a woman’s right to choose because it sounds like something that shouldn’t happen.”
Pelosi hits the nail on the head here; it is only extremist/fundamentalist Christians who would deny a womyn their basic health choices. They defend their bigoted views by making an extreme interpretation of certain biblical passages.
It seems to us that religion is an area where the Government can make a real difference. We propose the following for all religions which began more than 2000 years ago:
- A task-force be appointed to bring religious texts up to date for the Current Year. Many years ago, King James did this in England for the Christian bible. Perhaps this could be a role for Obama. This work would ensure that extreme interpretations of certain passages are no longer possible
- All hateful ideas be removed from the texts, including passages clearly hurtful to the LGBTQ+ communities
- Leaders of the various churches etc. should be appointed directly by the Government after a careful vetting process. This will ensure only candidates who hold Current Year theological opinions are promoted. This has proven a remarkable success in China.
- A database is collated of all believers, sorted by religion, to be used by government agents from time to time
As we say, the right to worship is fundamental and must be protected. These modest proposals will simply improve the quality and diversity of the worship.