Another issue would be gay marriage. This one is interesting, in that Judaism established the marriage covenant, but the state integrated that religious concept into itself. Now, we Christians and Jews are being told we have to give the state control over our religious covenant. Our religious covenant has rules, but the state doesn't like all those rules, so they want us to change our religion to accommodate the current culture
OK, now on this part i will have to agree and disagree... let me start by what I agree with. I absolutely believe 110% that if there is something that your religious beliefs forbid,then you should not do it. Now let me stress this part of it ... if there is something that YOUR religious beliefs forbid, then YOU should not do it.. But noone has the right to stop others who MAY OR MAY NOT believe the same things you do.. from doing what it is they want... in this case gay marraige. IM NOT saying you have to like it...but the mantra of christianity is tolorance is it not... we must rememberthat each and everyone of us is on our own journey of the soul. Some of us choose to flock together and some uf us try it out alone( i suspect, in this regard that jesus felt very very alone sometimes). And it is between each of us as individuals.. and our respective gods... as to how to best pursue said journey.
And, while I may not like the belief as anarchy and i dont agree with satanism .. as long as they are not harming anyone in any physical or mental form(without the person being of consenting age and consenting mind).... and also, as long as they are not trying to force their beliefs into law; then they are free to be secure in their beliefs and papers and possessions in their homes.
I know that we have strayed from the topic of religious war a sham, but I felt we needed to go down this road to clarify a few things.
Personally from a domestic view i think that both sides are blowing the culture war WAY out of propotion... and from the muslim/christian aspect... that ties into my perspective of 911 way to intricately for me to answer and would best be left for another thread.