War and governments are the same thing. Thus the schism between the church and state. Religion, generally, arises from human recognition of the truth behind the concept of non-duality; as a people realize that they all bear equal burden as co-creators of our shared experiential reality, they develop and codify an understanding that helping one another to live in peace and mutual abundance leads to peace and mutual abundance.
Government seeks neither of these things. Rather, it specifically eschews the things the rational mind desires, replacing them with a governing pathology dictatorially enslaved to the forever expanding accretion of existing pay-back scheme. It’s pile after pile of pipe dreams sold to eager young men and women willing to sacrifice their peace and abundance for the illusory trappings of power over one’s fellow human creatures. It can hang around long after its original beneficiary expires, continuing to exert mendacious intent
Much the same could be said about buildings. They are constructed by a specific people in a specific location for a specific purpose, and much like government writ & script they continue to pervade the community of their creation long after the conceptual framework impelling their erection has abated. Buildings help people function in space, while laws help them function in time. Religion, ideally, helps them function in the moral dimension.
Government, of course, doesn’t recognize this distinction. The nature of the malady is that the patient assumes a grandiose limitlessness to purview of possible proscription. Inevitably, the impulse is to over-reach, especially when those who govern are granted insufficient time to reach and express rationality. Thus does government transgress into the moral realm, bringing with it the original sin of having sanctioned innumerable murders. Why would religion even want association with such a monster?
Religion is pragmatic. It understands Organicism, and feels that is can address the body politic as another supplicant body seeking self knowledge, and it sees the political apparatus as the head. It can offer the group-soul salvation. A mythic purging of the collective sin and absorption of the collective loss. It looks great on TV.
Religion intrudes into politics on a pretty consistent basis, and on many different vectors. It is incredibly individual, with each particular feint and shuffle arising in a new and unique scenario that also somehow fits a larger narrative revolving around universal principles. Each instance advances the common mental dialog in one direction or another, prolonging the narrative and furthering the cannon, while at the same time very little spatial or temporal effect in the vast majority of the actual world. People are forced to live the world the way that it is, discussing how wonderful it might be in some particular future state, all the while actively working to maintain the illusion of their own individual supremacy.
The truth is that we are all the lowest peg on the board. The only way buildings get built is by people working together. Nobody’s voice is loudest.
The buildings that remain in the “Holy Land” are special because of the people who built them and the dreams they had. The dreams, however, have hung around long enough to become nightmares. Nightmares that grow more heinous and grotesque with each new iteration of being pounded down into dust.
The places are meaningful, because they still exist. The old stories, the old dreams, these things are meaningless. They exist only in the fantasy world, the allegory place, where the ego re-confirms itself each time it must again survey the impending moral topography and adopt a sure-footed path.