Stop believing in myths …
By Kennedy Karuga
Religion and state have traditionally existed in close comity. This sinister symbiosis between religion and state has produced appalling consequences throughout human history, and it is not hard to see why. Religion softens people up for political control, enabling the statist tentacles to reach further than would otherwise be likely. Religion teaches absolute deference to authority- a teaching of equal service to earthly and heavenly authority alike. In return, the state allows significant legislative latitude to religious outfits, enabling them to propagate their belief systems with ease. Religion and state both capitalize on the gullibility of the masses to retain their grip on power. Unquestioning obedience is preached as fervidly by the priest as it is by the Army Commandant.
It is the recognition of this dangerous incentive structure that led many democracies to erect a wall of separation between religion and state. Keeping religion and state apart, it was hoped, would mitigate the privilege-seeking tendencies of religious groups as they battled one another for numbers. In practice, however, keeping religion and state apart has proved harder than initially reckoned. Perhaps nowhere is this more so than in Kenya today.
One of the strengths of the constitution we approved in 2010 was its unambiguous separation of religion from state.
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