Up until a month ago, I had had a 12-year moratorium on dating while I helped raise (at one time or another) all six of my grandchildren. Now that task is about done, I’m trying to write a book about the effect of (among other things) religion on our society, so to ask me not to discuss politics or religion is like asking a fish not to breathe water (chuckle). Maybe a taboo is the more reasonable approach, but our society is seriously out of touch with reality and a good 40% of us are in almost violent disagreement with another good 40% of us. Isn’t it about time we got to the bottom of this religious/political division which separates “red states” and “blue states” into a standoff where our federal government is stalemated and unable to unite in favor of what’s right and just?
My sainted mother was a devout and active fundamental Baptist while my father was an agnostic whose parents were fundamental Christian missionaries who spent much of their lives ministering in the jungles of central west Africa. Mom spared no effort in trying to “save” my soul while her church disrespected her and relegated her to third class membership due to a divorce she never wanted. I was suckled on this stuff and pushed into the controversy by my school system’s adoption of the modifying phrase “under God” starting in fifth grade. I was forced into three years of military servitude by my society’s violent attitude towards all things called “Communist” and their false belief that South Vietnam was a legitimate country when our NATO allies set it up as a dictatorship supporting feudalism and colonialism. I’ve been further disrespected by women wishing to be “equally yoked” or insisting that “all there is is love” when our military outspends the next ten countries combined and exports our violent tendencies by defending all kinds of mislabeled causes with death and destruction as well as 200,000 armed and dangerous people in other people’s countries all over the globe blowing things up and shooting up cities and neighborhoods for what turns out to be misguided, misinformed reasons.
I cannot sit idly by when my grandchildren spend almost all their free time playing games and watching movies that glorify violence and demonstrate its effectiveness, the churches around me pretend everything is OK, and my government is ruled by a consortium of wealthy people who represent billionaires as their money managers with corporate profit as their sole motivation.
©April 2021, David N. Dodson, Phoenix, AZ