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Originally posted by dave420
reply to post by TheRedneck
How does it work? Easy. The politician represents his/her constituents, not themselves. If their constituents are religious, then they can all vote on secular laws based on religious doctrine. The problems arise when politicians represent their religion in office, not the people. When that happens, the separation has gone down the drain. They are politicians first, and people second.
Who is elected matters because of the party they belong to, and the party line. The party comes up with its manifesto based on the will of the people, and what they think is right. As long as the basis for their thinking isn't religious, but methodical, logical, rational analysis of the current situation and all relevent data, then there's a seperation. If Poltician X says "well, I think we should do this because of God", then boom - the seperation is gone.
The seperation is designed to stop an overwhelming religion steer the law against other religions, or to unfairly help itself. If we stick with the facts, suddenly everything makes more sense.
Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between Man & his God, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship, that the legitimate powers of government reach actions only, & not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should "make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof," thus building a wall of separation between Church & State.
It is the job of representatives to be REPRESENTATIVE. The sad part is, now every politician has personal gain to be made by changing up their viewpoints and votes.
As far as religion, redneck, I don't think it is possible in the way you describe it, but I'd also like to make the distinction between someone's moral fortitude and their religion. I know some pretty awful people who love to preach the word of the lord.
I just think that there is a difference between Bush's Christian God and many others' Christian God.
I am not into religion, but I think I have the brains to realize what being a good person is, and that's all we really need in our gov: some decent people.
But that is too much to ask, I guess.
I would say, can there ever be again, a body of men . . .
It's not about morality. Representatives don't make choices - they represent the voters. It's up to the voters to make the moral choices, and the representatives represent that choice in government. The clue is in the name :-P