Obviously this would be almost impossible to enforce, but I believe that every citizen should have the personal obligation to keep their, and all, religious viewpoints out of the role they play in the development of our government. I believe that in order to vote, a voter must first show that they have a basic competency of the issues and the process. I also believe that the strong disregard for separation of church and state has caused the many perspectives that exist in our congress.
Are you kidding me? Its not a theocracy candidates shouldnt even be allowed to talk about religion. Also since the majority of the country we are talking about is christian this can lead to the oppression of minority groups and america is supposedly a land of equality. Religious rulers lead to horrible things take a history class religion has caused more death than almost anything else and you want it in government? Thats just plain stupid and why america wont ever be as equal just and diverse as it claims to be
Religion is the single most important thing in peoples lives. It usually gives them there morals, values, and ideologies. So, yes you should vote based on your beliefs. And don't give me that separation of church and state stuff. It isnt even in the constitution, and is totally misused iin its definition.
If you think people shouldn't be able to vote based on their personal beliefs and convictions, you are a fascist. Why does it matter to you why someone votes the way they do? You have no more right to stop them than they have a right to stop you from voting.
Voting for a particular candidate just because they share your religion is just as stupid as voting by party lines without doing research. People should be required to make intelligent decisions while voting, meaning that they can support their reasons for supporting a candidate, but should not be forced to abandon the principles they live by.
You can no more keep your religious or any beliefs out your voting than you can stop yourself from breathing air or drinking water. Why do questions like this get posted?
The First Amendment of the Constitution states "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof...." That does not mean you as a voter can't vote based on your religious beliefs.
Religion plays a key part in how a person thinks and makes decisions throughout their life. If and what a person believes in reflects their inner self, and voters should not ignore that. The decision on who should run the country, and the decision for politicians on how to run the country should reflect their strongest moral and personal values. While logic and consideration of opposing viewpoints are absolutely necessary for a well-functioning political system, people should follow their heart when making decisions that could greatly impact current and future generations.
I thought it was a liberal ideal to not allow anyone to control your beliefs and your actions. However, caving into peer pressure from society (ironically from liberals who urge people to be themselves) does just that. If you separate your beliefs from your actions, they aren't beliefs worth retaining.