The Morality Police

We Americans shake our head at the very thought of the state determining what is moral and what is not…..kinda craps all over the freedom of choice huh?

And we are warned about the creeping Shariah Law that is foreseen on the horizon (by some)….the laws like those in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia… no music, no religious tolerance, women are second class citizens. etc etc.

But KSA is by no means alone in the pursuit of morality……

Police forces tasked with implementing strict state interpretations of Islamic morality exist in several other states, including Saudi Arabia, Sudan and Malaysia.

Many – especially those with an affinity with Western lifestyles – chafe against such restrictions on daily life, but others support the idea, and growing religious conservatism has led to pressure for similar forces to be created in countries that do not have them.

Here are some places where “morality police” forces patrol:

But a century ago North American cities like Toronto (that is Canada) had a “morality police”…..

William Howland, mayor between 1886 and 1887, established the Morality Department, known as the Office of the Staff Inspector. It was responsible for patrolling any instances of infractions of public order, which were quite diverse: public drunkenness, houses of ill fame, gambling, cruelty against women and children (which included abortion and infanticide), and perhaps most importantly, prostitution, which will be the focus here.

And the idea of social control never died out…..even here in the US, even today, we have our version of the “morality police”…….that’s right…..a “moral patrol”……

In the United States, the Morality Police regulate everything from the color of hair to what people do in their bedrooms.

A high school in Missouri recently suspended a student for having “unnatural” hair color. The student, a junior, is a natural redhead, but she decided to dye her hair auburn. Unfortunately, the commercial hair dye gave her what the school administrators thought was an unnatural color of red.

That high school isn’t the only one with Puritanical rules. School administrators and their elected school boards throughout the country have somehow given themselves the right to create and enforce rules that prohibit students from wearing clothes that could impede the learning of other students. It might be logical to ban girls from wearing short-shorts and halter tops to class. Or, maybe guys who, on a hot day, decide to embarrass themselves and others by wearing nothing but Speedos to Biology class.

America’s Morality Police

My point is that there will always be those “religious sorts” that think they have a grasp on morality…..but that is a matter of opinion and in this society we still have the Freedom of Choice.

And since I have the freedom I choose to ignore these societal slugs.

I Read, I Write, You Know

“lego ergo scribo”

American Mind–Civics Class–Part 3

GSFP is trying to gt its readers to reengage with the civics that is needed to make accurate decisions…..Part Two and Part One can be accessed here…..

Religion has played an important part in our “American Mind”……

This is a continuation of the series on Real Clear Public Affairs…..this part covers the religious aspects of the American mind…..

There is no doubt that religious attachments are declining throughtout the Western world, with many young people affirming an amorphous attachment to being “spiritual” while jettisoning the rules and rituals that belong to traditional religion. Many intellectuals have gone further and promote a militant and aggressive secularism at odds with the mainstream American political tradition. In an insightful discussion of the public role of religion in American democracy, the political scientist Carson Holloway demonstrates the essential place of religion in America’s political culture. None of the Founders were political atheists: for all their differences, they agreed that “the American regime cannot attain its ends. . . in the absence of widespread religious belief and practice among its citizens.” As the great Washington noted in his 1796 “Farewell Address,” “religion and morality are indispensable supports” for political prosperity as well as the “firmest props of the duties of men and citizens.” And yet the same Washington was a forceful and eloquent defender of religious liberty as among the first of our freedoms. As Holloway ably shows, the mainstream American civic tradition saw no contradiction between promoting religious belief and practice as one of the foundations of ordered liberty, and recognizing that religious faith and practice should never be coerced. The mainstream American tradition rejects both political atheism, or militant secularism, and any coercive fusion of Church and State. According to social scientists, traditional religiosity is in decline in contemporary America. Fewer Americans identify as members of long-established churches. Fewer Americans attend religious services on a weekly basis than in generations past. Some Americans view these developments in purely empirical terms, as evidence of a changing culture. Others, critics of traditional religion, take the decline of American religion as a desirable trend, a sign of liberation from outmoded beliefs and irrational superstitions unsuitable to a modern, rational age.

Do we truly need religion in these days?

Before we start…please this is a debate…..if you cannot logically and rationally state a case then move on…..

I read a piece in a journal entitle “Public Discourse”…..and I would like to hear opinions from my readers…..please read the article before going off on some mindless rant…… A great irony of the Jewish and Christian faith traditions: One must be willing to accept suffering and sacrifice for a greater purpose that transcends one’s particular material and sensual needs and desires. Counter-intuitively, it is these transcendent qualities of faith that eschew utilitarian aims for a greater purpose that create the circumstances for greater material well-being.

“Too much religion is bad for a country,” asserts Max Boot in a recent Washington Post op-ed. Boot cites a number of indicators—average GDP per capita, unemployment rates, poverty rates, homicide rates, life expectancy, infant mortality, education, and degree of political liberties—that suggest that “less religious nations are much better off.” Indeed, Australia, Sweden, Belgium, the United Kingdom, and Japan, some of the least religious nations in the world, rank best in the aforementioned categories, while many of the most religious nations in the world (the Philippines, Papua New Guinea, Pakistan, Thailand, India, Nigeria) are among the worst. America represents a unique case in this regard, being both wealthy and developed, but more religious than her Western counterparts. Would she be better off if her religious practice were to decline to levels found elsewhere in the developed world?

Would America Be Better Off without Religion?

I do not think it must be front and center of society… is a personal decision and should remain just that…..personal…..but I will say I do not think organized religion has done society any favors of the centuries from the past

Do you have any thoughts along these lines?

I Read, I Write, You Know

“lego ergo scribo”

Could Religion Explain It All?

No I am not talking about the meaning of life….Or existence of God…..or how old the earth is…..or any of that mind numbing stuff….what I am talking about is the relation of religion to other issues in the South….

A new Gallup Poll shows that Mississippi is the most religious state in the Union…….

A new Gallup Poll, based on more than 350,000 interviews, finds that the Magnolia State is the one where the most people — 85% — say yes when asked “Is religion an important part of your daily life?”

Joining Mississippi in the top “most religious” states are other notches in the Bible Belt: Alabama (82%), South Carolina (80%), Tennessee (79%), Louisiana (78%), and Arkansas (78%).

The top ten are as follows:

Mississippi: 85%
Alabama: 82%
South Carolina: 80%
Tennessee: 79%
Louisiana: 78%
Arkansas: 78%
Georgia: 76%
North Carolina: 76%
Oklahoma: 75%
Kentucky: 74%

With all that said I decided to do a little research into other issues and situations that may have a correlation in this story.

For instance the ten most religious states, 9 are in the South…….in the same list all 10 of the states are some of the poorest in the nation….the ten states in the religious list…all of which are on the bottom of the “smartest” state list….and now for the biggie, at least for me….the 10 most religious states are the dumbest and the poorest and in the same vain the most Republican….that is right…these 10 states voted overwhelmingly for John McCain in the last presidential election…..

Makes me think of a quote from John Stuart Mill, “I am not saying conservatives are stupid, but most stupid people are conservative”…….

First let me say that in my opinion these stats are contradictory and fly in the face of logic…….

What conclusion can one draw from these stats?

I can understand the correlation between poverty and religion….when you have nothing religion is a comfortable place to hide….and I can understand the lack of education would make religion attractive as an answer to your problems….this is where I have a hard time understanding……I cannot understand why a state that is so poor would be so republican….my only thought on that is that the state GOP plays the religion card more readily than the Dems and the lack of education would make it easy to fool the people into believing anything they wish to paint for them……..

The conclusion that I can draw is that the lack of education and poverty make religion a comfortable place for the people to hide…because of this comfort politicians can use these things as a way to mold the people of the state into citizen that the politicians want……