I stumbled over an article today (included at the end of my entry) and it prompted me to finally ask some questions... I'm definitely not trying to start a debate on this particular issue because I think we've already been down that road (the Ten Commandments, for example). I thought you might want to read this article and store it away somewhere though.
What I am really interested in discussing is the big picture issue of why is America so divided between the two parties and what are the causes?
Personally, I tend to gravitate more toward moderate to liberal political views. I am against abortion, an environmentalist, I am for gay marriage, I am a Catholic Christian who goes to church every week. That said, I would like your opinion on the whole (excuse the term) "right wing" way of thinking. If you support or understand the right wing way of thinking, I thought you might be able to weigh in and educate me and others.
I've been pondering this way of thinking ever since the last election and it bugs me. Some have mentioned that I might only need a slight shift in my views to understand "the right" or I might have to get my mind "reframed" to understand it all from their point of view. I personally subscribe to one view in my mind and that is the intentions of our founders that escaped persecution overseas and came to this land to form the perfect country.
The issue of the differences between the right and the left are very big picture issues but there is one in particular that I think forms the basis of all beliefs and that's the separation of church and state. I believe this issue is the very basis of our ideologies and the issue that we build many other views upon... we all need to address this issue so we can further understand where each side is coming from, why we think this way, and most importantly... is it what our Founders intended.