The NACS Conference starts on Tuesday, October 27, and ends on Friday, October. 30, 2015. I am slated to present a paper titled “POLITICIZATION OF RELIGION”. Here is the Abstract of my presentation:
Professor Dapo Asaju coined the term, Politicization of Religion in the body polity of the state. The evolving paradigm of Religion, & Politics as social dynamics in shaping the development of a nation has become a concern across the globe. Nigeria, a secular country with diversity in terms of tribal, cultural, religious and political spheres is more involved. The overlay of politics on religion has caused major contradictions in geo-political and legal systems. Religious paradoxes provoke politicking, cause controversies in congregations, denominations, and sects; by inference, these impact the nation.
Politicization of Religion negotiates its presence and activity within the national frameworks of governance and human ethics. The culture of the people is intertwined with their religious beliefs and political actions. This paper looks at the consequences of politicization of religion especially the following: culture of mediocrity, coarse cultural traits, religious bigotry, lopsided power sharing, resource control agitation, unemployment, wretched educational system, and ravages of terrorists. The traditional politics of the people has a strong linkage to the belief in theocracy. Political conflict is therefore given a religious interpretation, inspiration, impetus, direction and strength. This paper presents a revolving face of human nature that has created a politico-religious democracy.