MILLINOCKET, Maine, February 5, 2012 – Now that we’ve been told that Jesus would tax the rich, it might be a good time to examine the role of religion in politics.
Letting one’s religious experience exert influence in government isn’t supposed to happen, but how do you separate the desire to be a good and honest person and the desire to do what’s right in the halls of legislation?
Can we accept that the business of running the nation should be completely separate from that of personal conduct? Would that exclude government from the basic principles of decency?
What about an atheist in government? Would he be exempt from exerting his influence on legislation if he were, though non-religious, still a good and honest person? Would he, as an atheist, have no “skin in the game” to affect governmental affairs?
I know that’s a lot of questions, but if we are going to suggest that religious principles should somehow relate to government, we had better be ready to deal with to the myriad questions that will arise.
Can I get an “AMEN?”
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