Elections, religion, and the separation of Church and State

You will probably see a lot more posts relating to religion and American politics, since the two seem to have become hopelessly tangled lately. Welton Gaddy explains some of the basic rules surrounding religion and elections, and talks about the importance of keeping things separate:

The leader we choose may have a faith of his own, but he must lead members of all faiths present in the nation – as well as those with no faith at all. The Constitution forbids the legal enshrinement of anyone’s religious beliefs, so voters need to know how candidates are prepared to translate their beliefs into policy statements based on universal values.

Those of us who speak of electoral guidelines and advocate adherence to boundaries between institutional religion and partisan politics do so not as stuffy legalists wishing to mute all religious language or pour cold water on the white hot excitement of devotees of a particular candidate.

We call for attentiveness to the proper role of religion in campaigns as thankful citizens who know the importance of religion in a society and recognize in democracy our best hope as a nation.

Insistence on the proper role of religion in the life of the nation is essential–a non-negotiable–for the good of religion, for the constitutional protection of non-religious people, and for the vitality of democracy.

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    Ben Fraley

    Couldn’t agree more. Religion shouldn’t be legislated. I’m always amazed how one candidate or the other claims ____ faith, but stays away from making any truth claims about it.

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