I don’t do politics. I don’t like the lack of respect that exists in some political discourse, and because I live on the far, far left of middle I tend to get bashed for my beliefs. Not fun. I at least keep my mouth shut when I’m thinking negative things about other people’s thought processes.
But something is really bothering me, so I’m going to set aside my misgivings and write about it.
Here it is. Today I read an article in the New York Times Magazine by Geoffrey Wheatcroft titled “Let’s just be friends…”. One of Geoffrey’s points was that while America was supposedly built on the premise of the separation of church and state, Europe actually actually works that way, while in order to get elected in America you have to profess a deep and abiding belief in a Christian God. Considering how many sins have been committed in the name God, by any number of religious people I find it a tad scary that Americans as a people are so closed minded.
I don’t care how spiritual, religious, pious a person is, it doesn’t necessarily made them a good leader or an appropriate person to run the country. That’s not to say that an agnostic or atheist is any better equipped, but come on people, a person’s religion should not be the first thing we look at when deciding if someone is competent to run the country. And I personally don’t think it should be the last thing on the list either. It shouldn’t be on the list at all.
A person’s religion should be a non-issue when deciding on our political leaders. Sure there are a few moral issues on the table every election cycle. But being with religion does not equate to being without morals. And there is so much more, let me say that again, So Much More to running a country than the issues that tend to bog us down. I don’t understand why we think we can legislate morality. Or what right we have to decide what is moral for another human being. But that’s just me.
And where did we ever get the idea that a person with the same moral emparitive as us, or one we believe has a similar moral emperitive, is going to make decisions in our best interest. Or even if that he or she should make decisions that are in our best interest.
But the worse part is, I don’t think most people are as concerned about their moral agendas as they are with getting and keeping more money. They want the candidate who will make them wealthier, so why in the world are we pretending that a great Christian leader is what we want?
Shouldn’t a Christian leader should be asking us to give our money to others instead of hogging it all for ourselves? Are the “Christian” leaders actually Christian? Okay, that question doesn’t matter because when leading a country religion is not the point.
A. No. Art. VI, cl. 3 of the Constitution provides that “no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office of public Trust under the United States.”