The question is: Do political figures lose credibility by bringing religion into their argument? The answer: Probably so, depending on who you are asking, but a personâ€™s religion is a sizable reflection of his or her character and standing.
The UsConstitution.net states Thomas Jefferson wrote that the First Amendment of our Constitution erected a â€œwall of separationâ€ between the church and state. This phrase is commonly thought to mean that the government should not establish, support or otherwise involve itself in any religion.
The Constitution was written over 200 years ago. Lets not forget that back then the country was much smaller and less divergent. The majority of Americans were primarily Christian whom all shared similar Christian beliefs, principles and backgrounds, and religious minorities were few.
In a pluralistic democracy that is consumed by an array of religions, this is obviously no longer the case today. I think it is fair to assume that oneâ€™s religious beliefs, or lack thereof, is a huge part of their collective selves.
As a politician, many decisions will be based on personal conscience, or sense of right and wrong and the political divide in this country falls sharply along religious lines.
There are a large number of American reformers in history that were not only influenced by faith, but also used religious discourse to reason their foundation. Martin Luther King Jr., arguably the most prominent civil rights movement leader in the 20th century, was one of the many who used his faith and his personal vision in God to convey his speech that ultimately reformed America.
To proclaim that politicians should not impose their ethical morality or conscientious selves on their policy-making techniques is illogical.
In an article by Barack Obama for USA Today titled â€œPoliticians Need Not Abandon Religion,â€ Obama stated, â€œMy faith shapes my values. Applying values to policy-making must be done with principles. Those who enter the public square are not required to leave their beliefs at the door.â€
The article also stated that despite all the division, Americans are united by the fact that we are a deeply religious people. Seventy percent of Americans are affiliated with an organized religion.
â€œThis is why, if political leaders truly hope to communicate our hopes and values to Americans in a way that’s relevant to their own, we cannot abandon the field of religious discourse,â€ said Obama.
While there is a separation between church and state in America and it should be kept that way to a certain extent, there should be a certain amount of transparency and information on a political figureâ€™s religious beliefs and/or background.
We entitled these powerful politicians who are running our country to make decisions on our behalf.
In the world we live in today, peopleâ€™s religious beliefs shape in many instances how they act and interact with other people and, in the case of politicians, how they are going to serve the public.
And while by no means am I advocating that we should judge a politician by his or her personal beliefs, knowing their religious stance gives us a better idea of who they are and a better understanding of where they stand.
As young adults we should recognize who our politicians are. These public policy and decision-making government officials have been elected to serve at the behest of our nation. And beyond the bias, the intolerance and the narrow-mindedness, there comes a compromise and an understanding.
We are a diverse nation and while that is acknowledged, we shouldn’t have unrealistic expectations that a personâ€™s impressionable sentiments will not influence his policy making.