Religious Freedom and the Presidential Election
October 28, 2012
I’m completely in favor of the separation of Church and State. My idea is that these two institutions screw us up enough on their own, so both of them together is certain death. George Carlin
I agree with George. The separation of church and state is extremely important. At its heart, it’s about preserving religious freedom. Freedom in itself is worthy, but in this case it serves a far larger purpose; diversity. Freedom is only freedom if its freedom for all. America has greater religious freedom than many countries, but still has a way to go. When the first Jewish President is sworn in, the first Muslim President, the first Atheist President etc we can celebrate further steps towards religious freedom. There’s only been one Catholic President in total, which means that America has a long line of Protestant Presidents. This doesn’t accurately reflect the melting pot that is American society.
Growing up in Australia, it never seemed to be a huge deal to have atheist and agnostic Prime Ministers. They were judged on their merits as leaders and not on their faith. The current Prime Minister of Australia, Julia Gillard, was asked in an interview if she believes in God. She said no and that while she respects other peoples’ religious beliefs, she feels no reason to pretend she believes in God to attract religious voters. What is more important to her is the welfare of the Australian people – regardless of their religious convictions. I’m proud to come from a country that elects an atheist as leader. I experienced the same thing, living in New Zealand where PM Helen Clark was agnostic.share this