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Sunday, September 28, 2008

Sarah Palin: Religion in Politics

Should religion be a factor in the 2008 Presidential campaign? Do the religious beliefs of Republican Vice President nominee Sarah Palin make a difference to you one way or another in your determination of whom to elect as President of the United States of America? Well, apparently it does to some.

Today's Roland Hansen Commentary contains a "guest opinion" providing some "food for thought" in that the religious views of Sarah Palin are brought into question.

"A candidate's personal religious beliefs generally are not of public concern, but when those views could potentially motivate the candidate to take actions that would be contrary to the national interest, the public has a right to know what that person believes."

That is just one sentence in the Opinion - Editorial: A heartbeat away.

With all the attention that has been given to Barack Obama and his religion, I cannot help but wondwr why the same scrutiny hasn't been applied to Sarah Palin.

I wonder how many people even pay attention to the question of the role played by Sarah Palin's religious beliefs in the performance of her duties as an elected official, past, present, and future.

2 comments:

Hooda Thunkit said...

Roland,

We factor MANY things into picking our elected officials, whether we admit it or not.

However, the candidates prior political life and the decisions they have made are what I rely on the most when making my decisions.

Religion and how they live their faith, as I understand it is a pretty good indicator and, of course, factored into that decision.

The particular religion, to me, is not as important as how they live within that religion/beleif.

Tim Higgins said...

Roland,

It appears that in this election we are being asked to overlook the religious beliefs of all of the candidates for national office, as well as any and all of their past associations. Like HT, I tend to look at what they have done in past political life as more important than what they may or may not believe.

Beliefs provide a base to work from and a structure. Political actions taken show how those beliefs are reconciled with reality. "Render unto Caesar, that which is Caesar ..."