Religious Motivations for Statehood
Most religions have an ethical code of conduct by which adherents are expected to live. Such codes define how members of a religious grouping may associate, how they treat each other, and how they handle the many circumstances that arise in life. Most religions endorse the aspect of love and service to the community. Most State laws in many nations are geared towards maintaining order, fairness, and justice. Therefore, when creating a state, religious motivations may come in handy when trying to set up an orderly, law abiding mass (Haggai, 1990). The citizens uniformly adhere to an already existing code of conduct. Creating and implementing a constitution or set of laws to put in place a legal structure therefore becomes an easier task.
Using religion as a basis for creation of a state however renders non-adherents to a higher level of susceptibility to discrimination. For instance, In Israel, in its formative years, daylight savings ended rather earlier than usual. This was done in order to give Sephardic Jews time to recite early morning prayers prior to the Jewish New Year. This adjustment brought sharp disparagement from secular Jews who complained of religious coercion (Stern, 2015). Therefore, if complains can occur from within a religious community in the way a state is run, it is highly probable that non-members of the dominant religion will have more problems fitting into such a state. It is akin to sanctioned discrimination.
assertion that Israel should not surrender any land to the Palestinians because
of its controversial nature. Many nations have come into being as a result of
migrations, displacement of people and interactions between human populations.
If this principle were to be followed, then it legitimizes the persecution of
Christians in the Islamic world. It may also legitimize the act of indigenous
populations all over the world including Australia, The Americas, and Africa
among others to pursue such interests as expelling settlers in the same basis.
Therefore, it is a controversial assertion that should be handled with care.
Stern, Marc. “Is Religion Compatible with Liberal Democracy.” Is Religion Compatible with Liberal Democracy. Web. 22 Mar. 2015.
Zagury, Haggai. “Reflecting on Judaism.” The Relationship between Religion & Ethics. 1 Feb. 1990. Web. 22 Mar. 2015.