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Not Much Has Changed Since Village Politics

November 9, 2010

Looking at Village Politics, a particular line in the text struck me.  “A good man is a good man, whether his church has got a steeple to it or not. The new fashioned way of proving one’s religion is to hate somebody.” How relevant is that to today’s culture? Incredibly. Just look at the 9/11 attacks. Afterwards, half the world was in fear and profiling anyone who looked like they could be of Islamic descent. This was incredibly frustrating to me, as I recognized that it was a group of radicals who were responsible for the 9/11 attacks, and not an entire religious body.

As Jack in Village Politics said, “As much as I hate republican works, I’d scorn to live in a country where there’s not liberty of conscience, and where every man not worship God his own way.” Amen, Jack! So long as any peoples ‘religion is not infringing upon my civil rights and liberties, let them do as they please.  It is a part of this nations’ heart to have a separation of church and state. This separation calls for a freedom that allows our people to be enlightened.  We are allowed to question legislation publicly and discuss whatever we please because our government recognizes that such freedom is not detrimental to society, but will instead further our progress. So, why have certain individuals become so shallow and immature that they will judge people on religion or appearance? Why do they not recognize that freedom allows for diversity amongst a nations’ citizens? I do not know. An “enlightened person” would not allow for judgement to be passed, and since folks are still behaving that way, it is apparent that Village Politics should still be read and reflected upon. People sometimes forget what it means to be free.  Freedom entitles each man to his own beliefs and way of life, so long as he follows the laws.

  1. adamhollenberg permalink
    November 9, 2010 11:21 PM

    This post is very interesting due to the fact that this is very true in the fact that Village Politics is still relevant. However, I tend to disagree with the poster that we have a complete division of church and state in this country. While this may be a bit of a rant, Christianity is undoubtedly rooted within our country and our society. All of the documents that this country is founded on reference god, and most politicians let their religious undertones shine through, especially if they are Evangelical Christians. This is not a bad thing, but it is dangerous, because as the poster said, the 9/11 attacks showed us how much hate religion can provoke. We must carefully tread the line between Church and state, so this hate doesn’t erupt among us.

  2. whitneyspain permalink
    November 9, 2010 11:23 PM

    I think that it is safe to say that some people will never grow up. The event of 9/11 is something that has changed our country forever. The incident did leave people very biased to that of the Islamic race. My cousin, for example, is dating someone of this race. While I support their relationship as long as he is good to her, my Grandmother despises it. She always makes statements like ” I don’t want my grand-daughter dating the people who took down the twin towers.” While I do not think my grandmother is immature or shallow for thinking this( as you stated above, for feeling this way) I do think that she holds a very biased opinion. I think that the idea of people being “enlightened” is a great idea that Kant puts on the table. However,I think that it is something that is nearly impossible to become. We live in a very judge mental society. As students we are being judged everyday. It is just the way that society operates, whether it be good or bad.

  3. Amani permalink
    November 9, 2010 11:52 PM

    As an Arab American, I know how it feels to be racial profiled. Ever since the 9/11 attacks, whenever me and my family travel outside of the united states we are always “randomly selected”, and our treated really poorly at the airport. Just like you, I am really frustrated on how people can stereotype a whole group based on a certain amount of individuals.In our nation, everyone is expected to let go of their background, beliefs, culture; in other words, their individuality, only to be assimilated into what is the norm; into what everyone believes the true “American” should be. What most fail to realize is that our diversity is what makes us so unique. Just like Martin Luther King said ” a person should not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character”.

  4. FloydSimmons permalink
    November 9, 2010 11:55 PM

    I agree with Jack and that Kant’s idea of enlightenment is safe. Safe meaning that only if this freedom doesnt infringe on an individuals civil rights or liberties. I also would like to address this issue of discomfort with a whole religious group based off of key events of the past. I can understand that certain discomfort that arises when coming across a certain religious groups but that is only due to the fact of past experience or stereotypes. These stereotypes or beliefs that are created from some members of a certain group affect individuals opinions. Be that as it may, I do not believe that there should be some form of biased opinion or judgment to that of the whole Islamic race or any race in that matter for any reason.

  5. November 9, 2010 11:58 PM

    “A good man is a good man, whether his church has got a steeple to it or not. The new fashioned way of proving one’s religion is to hate somebody.”

    This quote stood out to me also in the reading. I agreed with the first part in that just because of an association with a certain religion, does not grant the entire group of people belong to the religion to be held accountable for extremist groups as was the case for 9/11. However, despite trying to make a point, I disagree with the relevance of the second part. Religion should never be measured by comparing it to another religion. While it the current time it may come off this way with all of the hatred towards the Islamic religion (especially for trying to build a mosque near ground zero), religion should be measured on faith, not hatred.

  6. Cesar II Ruiz permalink
    November 10, 2010 12:33 AM

    You are right! It is good that we have a system where religious intolerance is not tolerant. With the freedom of religion, a person can freely serve whatever religion they want and not be persecuted for it. It is wrong to violate someone’s religious freedom by profiling them and associating them with something that is misinterpreted. People should have a freedom to worship freely and without hate from another individual.

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