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A candidates religious beliefs should be considered when choosing whom to vote for in political race

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Started: 3/22/2015 Category: Politics
Updated: 2 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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UnendingRevision

Pro

Round 1 is acceptance with a very quick summary of your position.

For this debate, I will be arguing that it is morally justifiable to consider someone's religious beliefs before voting for or against a particular person in a political race.
bensmith396

Con

Hi, my debate will consist of reasons that you should not consider religious beliefs before choosing who to vote for in a political race.
Debate Round No. 1
UnendingRevision

Pro

First, let's consider the whole point of a representative democracy. Every few years, we vote for people whom we think will most accurately represent our personal interests and the overall interests of their constituents. We do this, as opposed to direct democracy, because we don't have the time to vote for each individual bill or political initiative and we accept that some people understand more about policy making than we do.

When we chose whom to vote for or against, we consider many things. First, we look at a person's history. We analyze their previous work experience to determine if they are qualified and ready for the job they seek. If they previously served in government, we scrutinize their voting records to determine what they supported in the past, which can be an indication of their political beliefs.

In the end though, our main concern is how we think they will vote if elected. The heart of my argument rests on the belief that a person's religious beliefs (not their specific denomination) can play a big role in their decision-making process. Since these beliefs can be so fundamentally important to a candidate, it is therefore justifiable to consider their religious beliefs before voting for or against them.

One clear example of this premise is the role God played during the presidency of George W. Bush. As a fervent Christian, Bush has never shied away from displaying his faith and he often sought out wisdom from God when deciding what to do. Bush has claimed that he believed the war in Iraq was part of God's plan for him. While praying may be beneficial for an individual dealing with individual problems, it can have serious ramifications when that person controls the largest nuclear arsenal in the world .

A voter may prefer an individual who has specific religious beliefs or none at all. Either way, they have a right to consider a candidate's religion since it can be very impactful on that person's decision-making process.

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bensmith396

Con

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Debate Round No. 2
UnendingRevision

Pro

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bensmith396

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Debate Round No. 3
UnendingRevision

Pro

Well, I was really hoping to have a good debate with this one. I'm going to post this one again. Hopefully the next guy will take it more seriously.
bensmith396

Con

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