We can learn from Israel and Palestine.

I am by no means a perfect person. I make mistakes just like anyone else. However, as I grew up I learned one very valuable lesson: Learn (sometimes the hard way) from not only from my own mistakes, but more importantly, from the mistakes of others. I rarely ever make the same mistake twice or repeat another’s mistake. I am a better person because of it.

We as a human race can learn a lot from history, but for whatever reason we are either not very knowledgeable of history, or we choose to ignore it all together.

The Israeli / Palestinian conflict has been making news for as long as I can remember. Actually, generations of our ancestors have been hearing about the conflict for about the last 4000 years.

The entire conflict is a battle over religious differences and “holy territory”. You would think that within a span of 4000 years they could learn to accept each other’s differences and learn to “love thy neighbor”. Nevertheless, they can’t – or wont. Perhaps the real issue is they are more stubborn than they are believers in their respective faiths.

The ironic thing about religion is that for the life you are supposed to lead to get closer to god and into the gates of heaven, more atrocities and death have occurred in the name of god than probably any other single unnatural cause of death in the history of man.

The Israeli / Palestinian conflict will never end unless they can put religious differences aside and accept their differences. It may also mean the “precious holy land” they are fighting over has to become a completely separate neutral territory to both countries.

We can learn a very valuable lesson from this and other similar conflicts.

Religion and politics should never mix. Our Founding Fathers understood that. They knew their history well, and because of that, they founded these United States of America so that we “shall make no law respecting the establishment of religion.”

There are people out there who go out of their way to convince everyone that this county is a “Christian Nation.” Not true. They will also try to tell you that their freedom to practice their faith is under attack. Also, not true. No one in this country is telling anyone what he or she should or should not believe or even which faith you should practice.

There are many reasons why the “faithful” in this country should support the Separation of Church and State in the United States. What we have been witnessing for centuries occurring between Israel and Palestine is just one of the many mistakes that history is trying to warn us not to repeat.

The faithful in this country should respect that our republic does not in any way interfere or prohibit an individual’s personal freedom to practice their faith by not trying to establish dogma that our Constitution strictly prohibits.

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One comment

  1. It’s even simpler, Woodrow.

    Sure, there’s truth to religious differences – the story of Isaac and Ishmael come to mind – and yes, the area has grown many religions over the years, including Zoroastrianism – still alive, but barely.

    However, it’s about the land. Note that nobody says, “my god is greater than your god.” They say, “This was my land before it was your land.” Read the Bible, take religion out of it, and you can see how one tribe of people invaded another. Saul, David, Jehrico, Abraham, Moses, they all have war in common; war over land.

    Food for thought.

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