Logic’s Last Stand

August 14, 2008

Why is this relevant?

Filed under: Philosophy, Politics — Tags: , , , , — Zurahn @ 1:36 am

Detroit’s mayor Kwame Kilpatrick has been amidst scandal regarding mayoral misconduct for the past several months, most recently getting arrested for illegally crossing into Canada.

So, what do I have a problem with here? I have a problem with this article that is entirely about what his ex-pastor thinks and his thoughts that the mayor should resign.

The entire article speaks about the cities ministers speaking out about the scandal. What this now is blatantly doing is mixing religion and politics. When you state outright as a minister that the mayor should resign, and call other ministers to do so, you’ve now pushing your rights as a tax-free organization.

But even aside from that, the continued idea that religion is there to fix corrupt society is not only a somewhat offensive notion, it’s an inaccurate one. In many scandals (though not the specific one in question), religion itself is implicit in the lead up to it, such as the condemnation of homosexuality and the eventual result of one trying to hide that fact.

“We have an imploding educational system that is rife with corruption, it appears,”

Not helped, by the way, of religious pushing of creationism into schools. While I understand this is referring to the Detroit school system which is less plagued by that movement, the point is that placing religious influence on government action is an explicitly negative influence. Intention regardless, it is forcing of belief on people who do not share it.

It also isn’t helpful that the media almost certainly is seeking these kind of stories out. Scandal? Let’s interview preachers!

There’s a system in place to elect and control the actions of public officials. If they were legally in the wrong, the system is there to take care of it. If the person is only morally wrong as judged by the values of the church, then that is not legitimate cause for removal from office. I don’t really care either way, just keep your religion out of it.

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1 Comment »

  1. “The entire article speaks about the cities ministers speaking out about the scandal. What this now is blatantly doing is mixing religion and politics. When you state outright as a minister that the mayor should resign, and call other ministers to do so, you’ve now pushing your rights as a tax-free organization.”

    But political parties are tax-exempt organizations as well, aren’t they?

    Comment by Yarcofin — August 17, 2008 @ 6:44 pm


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