|Do you think religion has a place in politics?
No. Religion is a means of an individual with a soul coming to terms with the ultimate meaning of life. Since the POLIS has no soul– no core moral being with which to relate to the Ultimate (though it does have a personality), it cannot responsibly even discourse about religion. Any attempt to mix state and politics will result in either a totalitarian state or an empty and impotent religion.
Yes. Religion definitely has a place in politics. That place is called "Outside."
Religion is appropriate as it concerns the individual casting the vote. I persons religious view points may have an influence over them in relationship to issues at hand. Religion should not be used by the politician in order to gain support over a individual or a group, as it is their job to represent all who elect him/her.
No Religion is a personal thing no Religious test to be elected is allowed.
I like George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Ben Franklin, Thomas Paine Believe that Religion has no place in government, & Like them I am a Deist or Atheist.
I feel life is so rare and precious that it must be protected, it's how you live that makes living heaven or hell on earth.
I will not lie to the people to get Elected President, I will not pretend to be a god fearing man, I live in a manner that if god turns out to be real, that he or she will approve of my life. I try to always be on the side of right, and justice for all, as well as humanity.
I think religion does have a place in politics. I also feel that people have the freedom to practice and believe in whatever religion that they desire. The founding fathers wrote the Constitution based on Christian values and a strong religious background.
Absolutely not. While I can abide private faith, religious ideals have no place whatsoever in public policy formation.
Religion has no part in politics. Politics is a science religion is mysticism
Yes and no. The founding fathers were willing to give credence to the Creator and the inalienable rights that He has bestowed upon us. There are protections in place to protect our rights as religious people. In that sense, yes, religion does have a place. Were the Pope, Patriarch or any other religious leader to make a decision, adoption of this decision is not required of the government.
|Israel is a theocracy. Only Jews are citizens in Israel, thus only Jews get to vote. Last I looked, Israel was a political entity.
Saudi Arabia is a theocracy. Islamic Law is the core of all Middle Eastern politics.
The point I want to make here is this question is biased, such that it leans one to answer, "Oh my, of course there is no place in politics for religion." That is a moronic answer.
The United States of America is (as of the 2000 Census) over 75% Christian. Simply by that fact, which is a statement that many American citizens checked off that statistic in the Census survey, "religion" is an important personality aspect, for a VAST majority of American citizens. The question is then, "How would a person deeming him or herself to have enough religious values to deem him or herself a specific form of religion not act political, within the parameters of their religious values?" It is idiotic to think someone of religious values cannot share in politics, simply because of religious values. What if the question stated, "Do you think Americans have a place in politics?"
As for the concept of Democracy, which is (by definition) "majority rule", if the 75% of Americas voted to change the USA from being a Democratic Republic into a Theocratic State, the question would cease to exist. Religion would be all of politics, where only 25% of the people (called the MINORITY) would have to suck it up and get by without any rights of citizenship. That is the concept of Democracy. However, the 75% Christians do not think keeping the minority from having a voice is fair to the minority. Now, that is religion in politics. Religion teaches toleration, which is allowing that there will always be a minority that thinks completely differently than the vast majority. However, that tolerance has allowed the loudest of the minority to stand on soapboxes, shouting about how bad it would be if religious people did that to the minority (a woulda-coulda situation, not reality). Those political radicals are trying to teach and sell a concept that religion in politics is bad, so the minority can make laws taking the rights of the religious away. If anything, that is "religion in politics", simply because an atheist (or Communist) view is a religious view (an absent belief view), with all religion closely associated with philosophy, where politics is philosophy. As long as people have any views on religion, of any type, those views will become political. Therefore, the question is irrelevant.
As long as the United States does not require the Pope of Rome to okay what our Congress, Courts, and President want to do, there is Separation of Church (Roman Catholic Church) and State. There NEVER was any thought by the founding fathers to remove religion from the hearts and minds of those who would practice politics for the nation.
Holy shit, NO!
I think that it is naive to believe for a second that a person's personal ideology does not affect their vote, however the problems begin when politics begin to defend or define religious decisions or positions. I believe in a separation of Church & State, still, we cannot separate someone's moral construction from their political involvement (or vote).
It shouldn't but it does (a lot)...
Religion and politics are the oil and water of human endeavor.
Every successful professional uses the God-spark or intuition or the Holy Spirit as a guide. The secret of religion is that those who really practice it are so busy improving themselves they don't have time to be cruel or harsh to other people. Truly religious people are kind, like Mother Teresa. Hypocrites scam everyone.
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