NRA is the best non-religious example that I can think of that relates to this issue because of how organizations of power/influence manipulate their user base to assist politicians... Even though I've got no religious affiliations I still think that religious agendas need to be kept out of politics. Look at the issues that it can cause...One of the problems I have with this standpoint is how absolutist it is. In reality, I think everything in politics is more nuanced (I guess almost everything, by my own argument, lol)I don't care if you're religious or not. Religion should not be tied to politics in any way shape or form... The concept behind politics to represent the people of the nation. Not everyone in America holds your religious values or is religious for that matter. This is just showing abuse of the power religious institutions have to manipulate the general population. Similar to how gun owners join the NRA in hope of being responsible gun owners yet the NRA abuses its followers by using their funds and user base to benefit politicians.Let's just refresh this thread, and start anew with a different topic:
What do you think about religion being tied to politics?
I have some thoughts on this concept, so I'll try to post them in the evening (when I'm not supposed to be paying attention to a MATLAB lecture...).
Also, what does the NRA have to do with anything?
Chick-Fil-A funding the Kill the gays bill in Uganda
A prime example of why we NEED to keep religious issues and political issues separate. Politics can cause major issues in our society when wrongly influenced. Realize that the people aren't being given a voice because of "big companies" (In this case religious institutions/affiliates) are speaking for them.
President’s spiritual adviser: "To say no to President Trump would be saying no to God."
I'm... I'm done here... Read this for yourself.
Also, whether your atheist or not I recommend you take a look around r/Atheism and learn more about the issues with politics and religion or just issues that relate to religion in general.