Commentary by Austin B. Hahn
While I do believe that human variation such as culture, ethnicity, gender, nationality, race, religion, sexual orientation, and other attributes help us to identify one from another, (imagine trying to file your taxes, but there was no way to verify your identity), I do agree that when we use them to segregate ourselves, they become weapons.
By Austin B. Hahn
After writing my article on abortion, I received a message from Shaunley Kemp, who’s with the Wesleyan Church, suggesting that I might like this video and asking me to comment on it. For those of you who have not read my article, you can read it here.
Here was my response:
Hi, Shaunley. Thank you for sharing this video with me. (You shared it with me on Google+ back in January. Pardon the belated reply.) I always appreciate when someone offers me another perspective on an issue. While I acknowledge and respect your beliefs, the United States is a multicultural nation that has a wide range of religious groups. If we were to base our laws on religion, there would be chaos in our political system because one religion would conflict with another’s beliefs. For example, according to Malcolm Clark, an emeritus professor of religion at Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana, “. . . while Muslims, Christians, and Jews usually believe they worship the same God, most would not normally say that Vishnu (a Hindu god) or Amida Buddha are the same as God or Allah. In Hinduism . . . three gods exist – Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva” (40-1). With that being said, I think this is why the United States is a secular nation. To impose a law concerning one’s religious beliefs would be to disregard others and the First Amendment which states that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion.”
Thanks for taking the time to read my response.
U.S. Constitution. Amend. I.
Clark, Malcolm. Islam for Dummies. Hoboken: John Wiley & Sons, 2003. Print.