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Should religion and politics ever mix?

(cross-posted in RD)

I know we have separation of church and state here in America, but that does not mean that religious ideals (mainly Christian) don't influence decisions our country makes. I honestly believe that is the main reason why the government wont allow homosexuals to get married in America.

 
Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 11:52 AM on May. 21, 2011 in Politics & Current Events

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Answers (13)
  • have freedom OF not FROM religion. Unbelievable that people are so badly educated to think that religious values have no place in decision making. Their historical ignorance is really hurting this country. Without a firm grounding in right and wrong, how could any person decide what to do...guess? Answer by annabarred at 11:31 PM on May. 21, 2011


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    http://www.religioustolerance.org/amend_1.htm


    The Constitution-1st amendment.


    But they do not say the religion should be a part of government and they do not say that any member of the government should be allowed to make decisions based on their religious beliefs.


     

    minnesotanice

    Answer by minnesotanice at 11:44 PM on May. 22, 2011

  • In theory they arent supposed to mix, but what we believe often dictates the way we vote, and the way we lead our lives. That goes for politicians and us regular people.
    gemgem

    Answer by gemgem at 11:59 AM on May. 21, 2011

  • I don't see how religion...no religion...politics can ever be separate. Religion or lack of has a huge influence on people. We can't expect them not to let it invade their political ideals. We can however do our best to make the emotion away from any given issue in order to make the wisest decision.
    yourspecialkid

    Answer by yourspecialkid at 3:19 PM on May. 21, 2011

  • “Those who say religion has nothing to do with politics do not know what religion is.” -Ghandi

    Should they mix? No. But unfortunately they do.
    ArmyWifeAshlie

    Answer by ArmyWifeAshlie at 11:58 AM on May. 21, 2011

  • if you could ever separate emotion from head-motion..this would be plausible. even those without religion can't seem to keep emotion/personal-opinion out of their vote.
    IMO, it doesn't really look good on paper, either.
    dullscissors

    Answer by dullscissors at 12:49 PM on May. 21, 2011

  • No. Not ever.

    Everyone has beliefs that are different. And that is fine, it's a good thing, IMPO. However, I draw the line at making policy, law, or electing candidates because they support a particular organized religious belief system. LOL - there are lots of ways to get around having that whole pesky "religious " bit tacked onto what people support, though.
    LiliM

    Answer by LiliM at 12:59 AM on May. 22, 2011

  • It's naive to think that an individuals most closely-held ideals would not influence how he/she votes or otherwise participates in the political process. Whether or not these ideals come from a religious basis should be immaterial. It shouldn't be about why you vote but how you vote.

    TikiWiki33

    Answer by TikiWiki33 at 7:10 PM on May. 21, 2011

  • NO
    itsmesteph11

    Answer by itsmesteph11 at 8:42 PM on May. 21, 2011

  • Not ever
    Kitkat61277

    Answer by Kitkat61277 at 10:50 PM on May. 21, 2011

  • What builds the character and values in the man or woman? The secular government? Of course religion has a bearing on the kind of person that should represent the people. The Founders incorporated certain principles of the Christian religion without insisting the people be one religion or no religion but have freedom OF not FROM religion. Unbelievable that people are so badly educated to think that religious values have no place in decision making. Their historical ignorance is really hurting this country. Without a firm grounding in right and wrong, how could any person decide what to do...guess?
    annabarred

    Answer by annabarred at 12:31 AM on May. 22, 2011