The War, The Religion

It is no secret that the difference between our (American) ideals and those of Islamic countries are currently at a clash, but we should be real with ourselves – Democracy as we envision it will not work in the Middle East.  Why?  There is one dominant reason why it simply will not work:

Democracy implies separation of religion from state, but Islam endorses religion guiding the state.

How can we expect Democratic values to flourish in a part of the world where religious values take all precedent.  For instance, President Ahmadinejad “runs” the country on a political standpoint, but answers to the leader of the religious community.  If he does not agree with a current action by the state, then he will rally the religious faithful to object to the state (and the President). 

This is not to say democracy can not exist there, but it certainly needs to be altered – maybe even to a version we are not familiar with.  Mark my words: a carbon copy of our democracy will NOT work in Iraq – I promise.

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6 Responses

  1. Can you explain how democracy implies separation of religion from state?

    I thought it implied rule by consensus of a majority.

    I suppose before that would be possible, a nation would need to be given such authority from God since Jesus plainly tells us, “All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.”

    From the bible, the Word of God tells us, “there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.”

    Pharaoh was ruler in Egypt because God raised him up. He says plainly to Pharaoh, “And in very deed for this cause have I raised thee up, for to shew in thee my power; and that my name may be declared throughout all the earth.”

    Another time the Lord gave many nations into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon, and said, “I have made the earth, the man and the beast that are upon the ground, by my great power and by my outstretched arm, and have given it unto whom it seemed meet unto me.”

    Amen, amen, the scriptures say of Jesus, the Son of God, that, “By him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.”

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  2. First, thanks for your thoughts…

    In regards to democracy, the point being made is that secularism and democracy go hand-in-hand. America is setting up a democracy that is similar to our very own in the middle east (won’t ever be stable).

    As far as your quotations of the Bible – I agree with them, but struggle to understand how they pertain to the post. I suspect you are implying that all governments are subject to exist if, and only if, God allows it.

  3. I am only interested in that part of the world allowing each other to live in peace. I really do not wish to impose any type of government upon them. I just don’t want torture, beheadings, rape and mass murders to continue. If need be, separate the country into three divisions equally and let each set up their own government.

  4. Hey Madmouser,
    I agree, imposing a government on another region of the world is not the way to go. Sure, it was beneficial for the human condition to overthrow Saddam, but the logistics of government should be left to the people who know what will work best. There has been talk about the three divisions, I am interested to see what comes of that, if anything. The only problem that will result is the potential (and likely) civil war between religious extremists fighting in the name of the “true” Islam.

  5. And I think freedom means not to impose anything on anyone.
    Sorry, but I must add, there are too many people nowdays all over the world (U.S. included) who do not believe in that storry about bringing democracy on tanks.
    To Iraq or any other place!

  6. Hi Balkanbalkan,
    I agree, but remember that we are imposed upon all the time in the United States (i.e. our laws). So yes, we are free, but the country does impose certain authority (given by the people) on the public.

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