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Doomsayer13 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-26-03 11:04 AM
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14. The Buddha teaches compassion, strenght through introspection
passivity and a love for nature. I have no doubt that my religious views have influenced my political ones (I am a Buddhist) though I am considerably more conservative than the mainline theology. Buddhist teachings are much like the teachings of many religious prophets, preaching love, tolerance, and social justice. Buddhists are often encouraged to be compassionate, that indeed fate draws us to the lives we live and that those less fortunate must be helped instead of looked down upon.

Still, Buddhism, like any religion, can be twisted and turned to serve political needs. Jesus preached turning ones cheek but here Bush, self-appointed God's man on earth, struck first.

It's becuase of this I strongly believe that there should be separation between religious ideology and politics, not becuase religion will corrupt politics but instead the other way around.
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