Roger’s Take on Religion: An Inclusive Perspective

I don’t know who coined the phrase, “Paul Simon School of Politics,” but the Simon line, “A man hears what he wants to hear and disregards the rest,” seems an apt description of our political arena.*

Take the word “Muslim” for example, a word brought to the forefront recently by the likes of Donald Trump, Ben Carson, Sarah Palin and President Obama.

It started with a poll that showed 43% of Republicans believe that Mr. Obama is a Muslim.

Then there was the arrest of a Muslim teenager in Texas for bringing a homemade clock to school, an act criticized by Mr. Obama but defended by Ms. Palin with her comment, “That’s a clock, and I’m the Queen of England.”

Mr. Trump added fuel to the fire when at a political rally, he smiled and replied, “We need this question,” in response to a supporter who said, “We have a problem in this country. It’s called Muslims.” Mr. Carson completed the circle of thought by stating that a Muslim should not be president of a Christian nation.

The use of the word “Muslim” is not about faith, it’s about fear.

Here’s My Take:  To live in fear is to be separated from the spirit of God (I John 4:18). Personally, I had rather live with “Muslims” like President Obama than with “Christians” like Trump, Carson and Palin. It’s more hopeful – like another line from the same Paul Simon song, “I am leaving, I am leaving, but the fighter still remains.”

*from the “The Boxer”

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