Separation of Church and State

Yes, the Constitution requires

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof . . .”

In other words, the state is to stay out of religion.

That doesn’t mean there is no interest or even should not be any interest in what a candidate for President believes.
Those ARE the important things.
From Kathleen Parker today in the WAPO:

At the risk of heresy, let it be said that setting up the two presidential candidates for religious interrogation by an evangelical minister — no matter how beloved — is supremely wrong.

It is also un-American.

Wrong and un-American to be questioned by a person who has specific interests in the answers to the questions? She says:

This is about higher principles that are compromised every time we pretend we’re not applying a religious test when we’re really applying a religious test.

“Religion” is a majority part of many people’s lives. By understanding where one stands on things like good and evil you get an understanding of that person. No one pretends there is no religious test in people’s minds concerning the presidency. It’s one of many, many tests.

How does this person agree with me or think like me, because obviously, I’m right and if I were king of the world……
You don’t vote for someone who believes in things that are counterintuitive or anti what you believe in. [I take that back….sometimes you have to because no one is going to agree with you 100%.] You take a look at all aspects of the candidates and make your judgment.

That’s what the election is about. Making judgments. If you don’t have any information about one of the foundations of a person’s principles, how do you make the judgment? Wouldn’t you have wanted to at least know that Reagan believed in astrology?

Wanting to know doesn’t make you un-American. By george I think she has questioned my patriotism!!

On a side note……all of you doofus’s accusing McCain of making up the story of the cross in the sand
because you’ve seen it someplace else need to buy a clue about religion. Christians the world over have given indications to each other, the world over, about what they believe. This is done especially in trying circumstances where their Christianity can not be expressed openly.

You may choose to believe McCain is exaggerating, but chances are very good that it’s true. [unlike the sniper fire in Bosnia ala Clinton]

One thought on “Separation of Church and State

  1. Maybe people should read the what the Constitution actually says about gov’t and religion before they go off half cocked. The fact that the debate took place at a house of worship and was moderated by a pastor has no bearing on violation of the Constitution. Having not watched the whole thing I’m not sure but don’t think there were very many questions on the candidates beliefs. Not that I saw anyway. As you say, how can one make a judgement as to whom to vote for if we can’t ask questions. I for one am tired of everyone having to bend to the will of the minority. No one forced Ms. Parker to watch the debate and if she were not happy with the forum she could have turned her set to Off.

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