Response to liberal N proud (Original post)
Tue Oct 30, 2012, 04:17 PM
Swede Atlanta (3,596 posts)
28. I feel for you......
Unfortunately the topics of religion and politics often divide and even, as in your case, estrange families.
I never really knew how my parents voted. I was raised in one of those conservative inter-mountain states but their conservatism was not driven by religion but rather their resentment of Washington meddling too much in their affairs. But we never discussed politics at home.
I know my paternal grandfather was a staunch Democrat and have since come to understand that all my father's siblings except for the one brother who "defected" to marry a Mormon and then embrace Mormonism, are Democrats.
My sister and I don't discuss politics either. Her husband is a bit of an aging redneck. He was all up in arms about the efforts taken during the Clinton administration to protect the Spotted Owl. My BIL is a log truck driver. But other than that we really haven't had any of those discussions.
My Aunt, my mother's sister, and her husband are staunch Republicans. I have several times taken a hiatus from talking with her because we can't agree. So on a recent visit to see her along with my sister, my aunt and I had agreed in advance to avoid politics. But my sister wasn't in on our agreement so my sister asked very openly, "so what do you think about the election" or something like that. My Aunt and I both just looked at one another. My sister made some comment that she wasn't very happy with the rich continuing to get richer while she sees her two sons struggling to make ends meet. Then she said (and she isn't an overly religious person) she was concerned that there is never any footage of Obama going to church.
I ventured a query to my sister....was she inferring that he wasn't a religious person, that he wasn't Christian (I don't care if he is an atheist, Muslim, Buddhist, etc.) or exactly what? She replied no just that she remembered with previous presidents there seemed to be a lot of footage of them going to church. I replied I have no factual basis to comment on whether the first family goes to church regularly or not or if they worship at home in the White House. But I said, I don't look to the outward shows of religious faith or piety. In fact in Matthew 6:6 we learn "But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you." This is in fact a direct admonition against public displays of prayer or faith. I said I actually look at a candidate's policies and whether or not they are Christian or moral. I said for me in this election that choice is very clear.
I saw my Uncle, who has some dementia, ready to bash Obama and watched as my Aunt squeezed his hand and I quickly moved onto another topic.
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