posted on Jan, 11 2009 @ 09:14 PM
I think what the OP is saying is that religions shouldn't have any political influence on the rest of society, other than over its own members. That
actually makes sense, although I don't really find myself agreeing for the stated reasons.
Religious leaders are, for the most part, not democratically elected by their members, and even if they are, the rest of society had no say in the
matter, therefore their spheres of political influence should extend only to those who were in a position to elect them, or else those who voluntarily
join that religion.
It's alright to take values from religion, like don't kill, don't steal, don't lie, etc, because those are things that the majority of people
agree are good for society. It's also fine if religious people, or even religious leaders run for, and get into office.
I guess what I'm getting at is that while I have no problem with organized religion (and even belong to one) I'd rather not see my home country turn
into a theocracy. I wouldn't mind personally if it were my religion running the show, but I'm in the minority, and that would be against the wishes
of the 98% of the rest of the population, which isn't fair to them.
Do you have any specific examples of 'special perks and privileges' that religions get? I mean, about all I can think of right now is tax
exemptions, and in cases where the religion is nonprofit, that's not really any different than any other nonprofit organization, so even that is
treatment that isn't unique to religion.