Zen and the Art of Winning Elections (political cartoon)

Crossposted from Town Called Dobson

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It was a big day for American Muslims yesterday as America's first Muslim was sworn into office in the House of Representatives.

Still more spectacular of an event, that went almost unnoticed, was the first Pagans taking the oath of office as well. Mazie Hirono, a Hawaiian Democrat and Hank Johnson a Democrat from Georgia, both Buddhists, took their oaths of office yesterday. Unlike their Republican counterparts, it is obvious they did not run on a platform of Jesus. They ran on the issues and won on the issues.

It is interesting to note all the Republicans that lost in November all used Jesus as a prop in their campaign. I am not saying Christ ain't what he used to be, I am saying using religion as a means to win elections is becoming worn out.

Tags: buddhism, cartoons, comics, Congress, Democrats, Georgia, Hank Johnson, Hawaii, humor, mazie hirono, paganism (all tags)



Buddhism = Paganism???

This is the first time I've ever heard Buddhism called a form of Paganism. Buddhism is a religion roughly 5 centuries older than Christianity (if also roughly 7 centuries or more younger than Judaism), and it's the 5th largest religion in the world. It does not fit into any of the definitions of "Paganism" that I've heard of, other than as a pejorative meaning "any religion which is a lot different from the one true religion (mine)".

by Zimbel 2007-01-05 08:31AM | 0 recs
Re: Zen and the Art of Winning Elections (politica

From Wikipedia:

Paganism (from Latin paganus, meaning "a country dweller" or "civilian") is a term which, from a western perspective, has come to connote a broad set of spiritual or religious beliefs and practices of natural or polytheistic religions. The term can be defined broadly, to encompass many or most of the faith traditions outside the Abrahamic monotheistic group of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. This group may include the Dharmic religions, which incorporate seemingly pagan characteristics like nature-worship, idol-worship, polytheism and reverence of female deities, and are thus diametrically opposite to the Abrahamic faiths.

Plus, the Pagan Unity Campaign terms contemporary Paganism (note the capital P):

Any spiritual path with the following three qualities: positive, life-affirming and Earth-Centric.

by stormbear 2007-01-05 09:47AM | 0 recs

I am a Buddhist and consider myself Pagan.

by stormbear 2007-01-05 10:08AM | 0 recs


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