Monday, October 22, 2012

Religion on Politics


Big Myk said...

Mark you this, Bassanio,
The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose.
An evil soul producing holy witness
Is like a villain with a smiling cheek,
A goodly apple rotten at the heart:
O, what a goodly outside falsehood hath!

William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice

James R said...

Curious. I opted against text for this video and, instead, focused on the title. I felt it would allow those who leaned toward the evils of religion to focus on the perniciousness of the white ministers' quotes defending segregation; and those who leaned toward the benefits of religion to focus on the cleverness of the white minister who used those quotes to point out how religion was a dynamic process learning from the past.

Imagine my surprise when Myk focuses on the the evils and reminds us that the "devil can cite Scripture". That is true, but, in this case, I was reminded rather of Father Brown!

Big Myk said...

I didn't think that I was so much commenting on religion, but rather the endless inventiveness of people to manipulate religion for their own purposes.

Although now that I think on it, maybe mine was a comment on religion after all. Going with James Carse again, because religion is more of a poem than a set of beliefs, it lends itself to almost unlimited interpretations, and can be used to justify practically anything.