As an atheist, I am torn around religious holidays. My family is religious, and in fact my dad is an Anglican minister. And here I am, an atheist. Talk about uncomfortable.
My problem really isn’t with my dad, we found our peace a long time ago – it’s with my children. My wife and I did very little to celebrate the holidays until we had kids. Now, they see the decorations, go to the family parties and know SOMETHING is going on, so we have incorporated more and more traditions into our routines. Today we made easter eggs, that sort of thing.
But, it’s wholly separated from religion, which is how I prefer it. I wonder it at some stage my kids will start to ask questions about religion, and how long until they become curious? What will I do then? I don’t know. I like to think I have a bit of a spiritual side, but I’m not sure what I will do then. Any ideas?
As a Canadian who tries to be at least somewhat politically aware, I find that I pay almost as much attention to American politics as Canadian. I’m not going to use this post as an opportunity to decry the state of Canadian media, and talk about how so much of our news and entertainment is American, as they are the 800 pound gorilla to the south blah blah blah, because, since I don’t watch T.V., I make a conscious decision to read these articles on line. It’s my choice, and I enjoy knowing a little bit about the American process.
I am finding one aspect of the current political situation quite interesting. I know the religious stance of pretty much every major candidate that is running for both the Democratic and Republican leadership. I don’t know their voting records, I don’t know their stance on the environment, abortion, Iraq, fiscal policy, or any of the other myriad things that voters should think to be important. I’m not saying I’m wholly ignorant of all of these facts, or that the media isn’t reporting these things, I’m sure if I was a little bit more proactive I could discover all of this information easily. I’m just saying, as a casual observer of the news about this process, I find it fascinating how prevalent religion is, and how it appears to be at the forefront of the conversation. And I just have one question:
Didn’t I hear something about the separation of Church and State in America? Just asking.