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David Melson

Separating faith and politics

Posted Monday, December 10, 2007, at 9:22 AM
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  • David, there is no such animal as "separation of church and state". The founding principle that this all came from was that the Congress would not dictate that there be one National religion. It had more to do with keeping the government out of Church business, not the Church out of the government. Unfortunately this has been twisted and turned so that the only people that are not allowed to have a say in any of this are the Christians. Nobody is asking Obama whether or not he supports his religion's principle that says that all of the "infidels" must be converted, subjugated, or killed. Personally, I'd rather not have someone that does believe that way in the White House to begin with.

    -- Posted by Thom on Mon, Dec 10, 2007, at 1:50 PM
  • I agree that the main purpose was to prevent a national religion but I would disagree that the main reason was to keep government out of Church business. A National Religion would have meant that this religion would be deeply embedded in the government and just as likely to influence government decisions as the government would be to influence Church decisions.

    By the way Obama's religion is Protestant Christian (United Church of Christ) not Muslim. http://hootsbuddy.blogspot.com/2006/12/w...

    -- Posted by devan on Mon, Dec 10, 2007, at 6:55 PM
  • devan, I stand corrected. Obama is no longer a Muslim and, as such, he is liked less by them than an "infidel" is. Of course, I'm also not very fond of a religion that says if you're not one of them you're going to hell, but that's a totally different argument. As it turns out, I did spout off at the mouth (or fingertips) without first doing more research. My main point is that Mr. Romney's religion does not matter in regards to how well he could fulfill the duties of the office of President. Just as Mr. Obama's religion really doesn't matter. If the American people believe that a Mormon, a Jew, a Muslim, or a Christian could better serve them as President, then it should be on the merits of that individual's acts and positions rather than on what his (or her) religion believes.

    -- Posted by Thom on Mon, Dec 10, 2007, at 7:25 PM
  • I'm also not very fond of a religion that says if you're not one of them you're going to hell, but that's a totally different argument.

    -- Posted by Thom on Mon, Dec 10, 2007, at 7:25 PM

    I think that's pretty much the case for every religion... Especially a local blogger here on the the T-G.

    -- Posted by darrick_04 on Tue, Dec 11, 2007, at 10:57 AM
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