Political Science Paper on We need to keep intact our secular American government

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Question 1

This article presents reasons why the church and the American government should not form an alliance. The article cites recent events such as the Texas education board’s promotion of textbooks that acknowledge Moses to be the American founder, which represents a Christian Nationalist description of American history. According to the article, religion is a force for good but generally, it has been utilized as a weapon aimed at those who are isolated as homosexuals, atheists, and any person of a different faith and other Christians (Hill 2). The article cites another current event where five conservative Catholic Supreme Court judges ruled that closely held companies could hold spiritual ideals.

Although the article seems to be convincing on the issue of a secular government, religion plays a central role in the government. Some of the decisions made in government require ethical consideration and therefore, religious ideals are important. Mixing state and church affairs, however, does not always go well with nationalists, although these can be achieved through proper leadership from both parties. The Church cannot bring division in faiths unless the leadership in those churches is ineffective. Both institutions should work collaboratively to unite the people, and hence maintain the spirit of nationalism.

Question 2

The Iron Wall is a movie relating to the foundation of Israeli settlements at West Bank, which, the movie claims, is a tactic for permanent occupation of the region. After the occupation of the region, the purpose of the movement became apparent. The movement’s aim was to generate information on the ground and frustrate the formation of a Palestinian nation. After a period of 39 years of settlement, the policy began showing the results. Currently, there are over 200 settlements scattered in the entire West Bank region, hindering the geographic possibility of a neighboring Palestinian state.

This documentary describes this incident and tracks the timeline, size of the settlements, and its influence on the reconciliation process. The film also reflects on a current project, that is, the wall that Israel is putting up in the West Bank and its effect on the Palestinian citizens. Settlements and interrelated infrastructures are affecting every aspect of life for the Palestinians. This ranges from confiscation of land, deprivation, denial of the fundamental civic rights, formation of an apartheid-like structure, and devastating effects in relation to the future of the area. The film also captures the greatly provoking, ideologically driven settlers, like those living in Hebron. The film describes some of their disreputably aggressive rampages, such as beatings, destruction, and assassinations. Shockingly, the Israeli military either assisted them or failed to stop them.

The film’s main weakness is that it portrays the regional unity of West Bank and cohesiveness as the solution to peace. This is because the West Bank was the basis of the Palestinian position during peace negotiations. Nonetheless, this would not add up to a practical state, and hence, guarantee Palestinian flaw. This would not be genuine peace, but the peace of dominion that would leave the Palestinians split.

Question 3

  1. What do you think about “The Iron Wall?” Did it present a balanced view, or a biased view? Why? If it was balanced, what are some examples? If it was biased, does that lessen its impact or importance?

 The evidence presented in the film is biased since the film tends to blame Israel and disregards both Arab stubbornness and the responsibility of the Superpowers at the time of cold war. However, the film presents an adequate amount of evidence to demonstrate that the myth of Israel as the injured party and hero is an overstatement. Israel has continuously committed evils over the years and has frequently violated international law, but still, the Arabs have also done the same, and this aspect is not included in the film. However, this film offers the much-needed insight into aspects of the conflict that very few people know about. It is an important addition to the list of documentaries and being biased does not make it less significant.

  • What do you think about the future of nationalism? Will it become more or less significant as globalization continues?  

While focusing on the future and with regard to rapid developments in more rapid transport, and broad and open access communication systems, I think that nationalism will get more diluted. The compression of time and space due to globalization enables people to interrelate more quickly, and this has made national differences to disappear or to become less significant and noticeable. When national differences disappear, the future of nationalism tends to fade.

Works cited

Hill, Ken. “We need to keep intact our secular American government” The Bakersfield Californian. 2015. Retrieved from: http://www.bakersfield.com/News/Opinion/2015/05/20/We-need-to-keep-intact-our-secular-American-government.html