Religion in politics
This is mainly a problem in the United States.
Religious fundamentalists or evangelists who attain office and who openly make political decisions based on their faith are a problem. This is partly because they tend to make those decisions based upon values which are often both ethically questionable and unavailable for questioning (due to their supposed basis in faith rather than reason). More generally, they also tend to be extremists in advocating the viewpoint of their particular religion, rather than supporting religious freedom (one of the founding principles of the United States) much less the right to freedom from religion.
For similar reasons, religious groups actively supporting a particular candidate are a problem. This violates the US's separation of church and state and the terms of religious tax-exemption, and tends to be indicative of a power-oriented agenda rather than one which is truly in the best interests of its members.
- 2009-06-17 [Talk|Index] Speaking at Netroots Nation § “I have agreed to appear on a panel. But I do not agree with the premises of the panel, "A New Progressive Vision of Church and State, as described: "The old liberal vision of a total separation of religion from politics has been discredited..."”
- 2008-01-22 [Talk|Index] A Stealth Campaign to Help Huck: Uncovered § “...the Patriot Pastor model was exported to Texas -- where the Texas Restoration Project is not only thriving, but serves as a national model of organizing... Their effort ... appears to be a stealth campaign on behalf of Mike Huckabee...”
- 2004-11-08 [Talk|Index] Paula Zahn Now § this report touches on a lot of issues, including gay marriage and Bob Kerrey's claim that the 9/11 Commission "took an oath" not to talk, during the 2004 US presidential race, about the issue of Bush ignoring pre-9/11 warnings. Jerry Falwell says "I believe the war in Iraq was as just a war as World War II with Adolf Hitler was." Reverend Pat Robertson "said that he warned the president that this was going to be a war we shouldn't enter, the there were going to be tremendous American casualties. He said the president didn't think there would be any casualties."
- Project Fair Play is "a drive to educate religious leaders about provisions in the Internal Revenue Code that prohibit non-profit organizations, including houses of worship, from intervening in partisan campaigns. As part of the Project, AU produces special materials addressing the legal and ethical implications of religious organizations engaging in electioneering on behalf of candidates and political parties."
- 2007-05-29 (comic) This Modern World: Campaign season on planet Glox!