This is the beginning of the exception in terms of the religious-racial-political dynamic.
But isn’t it interesting that only 10% are Republicans or lean towards a Conservative agenda and 15% are Democrats or lean towards a Liberal or Progressive agenda and 14% consider themselves as Independent.
These numbers begs me to ask why so reluctant to share their political views with 61% not wanting to answer or responding. Can Americans, this means all, be accepting of a Jehovah’s Witness as President? Or are we find our comfort clinging to our religion and our guns?
Giving the social and political views of other groups I’m unsure.
Jews – Since this is a racial/ethnic group all of its own I’ve found it difficult to make the comparison, although I would say more efforts should be made to educate all other racial groups about Judaism.
23% are Republicans or lean towards a Conservative agenda in comparison to 65% are Democrats or lean towards a Liberal or Progressive agenda. If compared to Historically Black Churches, both racial groups tend to have the same political and social interests in contrast to what some may like for you to believe, Blacks and Jews are more alike than different.
Perhaps this may begin the discussion or help explain the conversion of hate and faith in politics and religion among certain groups previously mentioned and historically documented in opposition to my Jewish friends.
Quick Note: I know this may upset my Christian friends, but it wouldn’t be the first time you’ve been at odds with me. But I want you to keep in mind that you can’t have Christianity without Judaism. Oh why did I say that, how damned am I to Hell now.
Muslims – Although some may find the sarcasm in this statement a bit much, but I’m not trying to be. I’m only asking a question to make you think about what it is you’re doing to resolve the spiritual segregation.
Why do you think that in the US 63% of Muslims are Democrats or lean more towards a Liberal or Progressive agenda than the 11% who identify with Republicans or lean more towards a Conservative agenda?
I know the answer to it, but I want to hear from you. I especially would love to hear from my friends who practice Islam because I would find your response more valuable than others because you are more directly impacted by it.
What I find interesting was when I discovered back in my childhood that there are more similarities between Muslims and Jews, Muslims and Blacks, Muslims and Non-Mainline or Evangelical White Christians than there are differences. Open yourself up to experience friendship by accepting one another not on the basis of your differences, but similarities.
Buddhists – I hope you see the political, religious and racial pattern, because 67% of Buddhist are Democrats or lean towards Democrats in their political views than the 18% of Buddhist who are Republicans. With 53% White and 32% Asian at least it’s not overwhelmingly one sided. But my Buddhist friends also have more work to do in terms of diversity.
How can we ‘coexist’ without acceptance?
Hindus – 88% Asian with only a combined 12% of all other races is in contention with the cultural divisions within other beliefs or religious practices. The trend continues in terms of the political view of my Hindu friends, because with 13% associating with Republicans or a Conservative ideology, 13% considering them Independent and 63% consider themselves to be Democrats you must take that into consideration.
Although I understand why the demographics are the way that they are that doesn’t excuse the responsibility Hindus have to also contribute to diversity.
There are others, but I wanted to cover the major religious/spiritual beliefs that our found in the United States. But the point of all of this is that there’s a spiritual and racial void that is found in the way we define our existence by labels placed upon us.
This is why we are witnessing the destruction of the Republican Party by an element that is not Republican at all. I’m not seeking to score any political points, but to warn you of the problem. The displays of hate and misplaced frustration in the GOP is not how the party was founded, nor how it is suppose to function. This is not of politics, this is not of religion, but of culture.
I’m not suggesting that any one group is the problem, because we all contribute to the spiritual segregation by the oxymoronic acceptance of it. It is acceptance that will move us to what Dr. King described as the ‘Beloved Community’. It is tolerance that moves us closer together and sets the foundation for what is a community.
I’m not for kicking anyone out of a church, mosque, synagogue or temple who seeks an understanding of spirituality, but I will make one exception. That is for the expulsion of James Crow aka “Jim” from any place of worship. This includes the church, the synagogue, the temple, the mosque and especially the mind of all who subscribes to a spiritual belief and those who has chosen not to.
I’m ending by quoting a great Hindu man some may recognize more from his last name, Mohandas K. Gandhi in reference to motivation of this. It wasn’t President Obama who came up with the concept of change, nor was it Martin Luther King, Abraham Herschel or even Mohandas Gandhi, but Jesus. All of these men and many others were the change.
So I quote Gandhi by ending with “Be the change that you want to see in the world.”