does anyone else think it odd, that a large and very influential branch of one of our Two Major Political Parties is called “The Religious Right”???
SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE???
One’s religious beliefs should have nothing to do with governing!! Am I WRONG?
Biden should have stated more strongly that his religion has absolutely nothing to do with governing. It would have been really awesome if he had quoted the 1797 Treaty of Tripoli:
[“The Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion” That is the lead line of Article 11 in the Treaty of Tripoli, unanimously approved by the US Senate and signed by President John Adams on June 7, 1797.]
THERE ARE 317 RELIGIONS PRACTICED IN THESE UNITED STATES!!
And there are MORE ATHEISTS in this country than African Americans!
Why did Martha even ask this question? I hate the way our Politicians feel this need to prove that they are pious and religious! Frankly, I don’t care whether my elected officials practice a religion or not. That’s not why I voted for them. Their job should not be mixed up with their religious beliefs! I don’t see why we have religious symbols on our money, or why we say “Under God” in the pledge, or why every politician always ends every speech with, “God Bless Ya, and God Bless the United States of America”. All these things bother me.
Nonetheless, Joe’s answer embraced the basic concept, that Government shouldn’t meddle in a woman’s private affairs, I just wish he would have emphasized more strongly how this concept, of SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE is embedded in our very Constitution.
And speaking of abortion, do they really believe that outlawing abortions will STOP people from having or performing them? NO!! Abortions will just be returned to the black market, and be performed by unlicensed doctors in unsterile and dangerous conditions!
And also, I have to ask, how do these Republicans justify their meddling stance on women’s privacy with their supposed commitment to “Small Government”??
[“Republicans want to shrink government so small that it can fit inside of a woman’s uterus." - Dorothy Kegley, rephrased by Rachel Maddow]
We command no worship. We mandate no belief.”
~ President Ronald Reagan (R)
but if it makes you feel any better, if JFK were alive today, knowing you were running for president would make him crap his pants.”
~ Jon Stewart
Please don’t feel a need to jump to respond to Rick Santorum, Mitt Romney, Franklin Graham or any of their Right-Wing Religious cronies, who are trying to question your religion.
YOU DON’T HAVE TO DEFEND YOURSELF, or even treat this as a serious or appropriate subject!
Sane voters don’t give a rap about your religion! We want a President who we can trust to lead our country, and to uphold the Constitution — that’s what matters to us!
Your religion should not be up for public discussion.
You know why?
Because YOU ARE NOT RUNNING FOR POPE IN CHIEF!
YOU ARE RUNNING FOR COMMANDER IN CHIEF!
So, please, Mr. President, instead of parrying their attack by (once again) defending your faith, how about bypassing that conversation completely, and responding with a statement something like this:
"Perhaps my Republican friends are unfamiliar with the doctrine of ‘SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE’ or the Treaty of Tripoli which states:
"The Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion."
This document was unanimously approved by the United States Senate and signed by President John Adams on June 7, 1797.
Now that the economy is improving, suddenly the GOP is poking around looking for other angles from which to launch their attacks.
Well, my faith is nobody’s business but my own. It is not up for a vote. The Presidential Election is not about any religion. Nor is it a popularity contest to decide who is the best Christian!
There are over 300 religions practiced in the United States, as well as atheism and agnosticism. As President, I respect everyone, no matter what their religious beliefs. As an American, I am proud of the principles upon which our Melting Pot nation was founded, especially the principle of FREEDOM of RELIGION.
There are so many pressing issues that our nation is facing right now. Our citizens are trying to manage their own lives. They want to see us debate solutions, not throw mud at each other over made-up issues.
I will happily discuss our differences on Governmental Policies, however I am not willing to speak about my own personal religious practices, because I do not consider it an appropriate topic of discussion to bring into the public forum, in this, a nation which is founded on the doctrine of Separation of Church and State.
The American people deserve better.”