Saturday, March 03, 2007

Political Function of Religion

It has been a while since I have been able to post anything - apologies. I have been very busy but at the moment the writings of Leonardo Boff have interested me. With the upcoming elections, he says this about politics and it seems to apply specifically to Belfast where politics has exploited religion for so long:

"Politics operates on the old adage, 'If you want peace, prepare for war.' It is dominated by a self-interested and reductionist realism in the sense that it is organised around the interests of the most powerful rather than of all peoples and all human beings."
For so many years politicians have exploited a distorted view of religion that is followed by people who have no idea what real religion is. As a result religion all over the world suffers because of this so-called 'religious war'. Politics here is a disgrace let us hope that in a new future we can real politics.

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