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Discussion in 'Interfaith Discussion' started by Salty Booger, Oct 17, 2020.

  1. Salty Booger

    Salty Booger Royal Crown Cola (RC)

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    Just a few questions:

    Does the religious beliefs of a political candidate matter?

    Would you feel better knowing that a politician has some religious conviction?

    Would you feel better knowing that a politician has no religious conviction?

    Does a politician's religious convictions equate to greater individual morality?

    Do you believe religion plays a major role in American politics currently?
     
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  2. Rival

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    No.

    Not really. There are plenty of nutcase religious people.

    Not really. Plenty of crazy atheists too.

    Likely not.

    For some reason, yes.
     
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  3. Yazata

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    Depends on the nature of the belief and on how the belief might motivate the candidate to act.

    Yes and no, depending on the nature of the belief.

    Yes and no, depending on whether the individual was a militant atheist who is hostile to any and all religious expression and practice. On the other hand I might favor somebody who is willing to ask questions and admits to not having all the answers. That would signal intellect and honesty to me.

    In practice, not a whole lot.

    Probably less than a lot of people think.
     
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    No, it doesn't matter, not until they let it interfere with them discharging their duties [just doing their job in a competent manner]......
    but it certainly is a "tell" [poker terminology]
    and they are playing a game,
    and our "skin" is in the pot, so to speak
    and theocratic institutions are the pox of history [according to the track records in any case].

    it is a good character indicator.
     
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  5. Secret Chief

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    Depends what the conviction is. If it's a dubious one I'd certainly want to know about it.

    Not really one way or the other.

    Kidding, right?

    Seems to. (I'm not an American).
     
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  6. Estro Felino

    Estro Felino Believer in free will
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    Well...since I believe in secularism , I guess that an atheist politician would be the best thing.
    I am not trying to demean theists (I am one, and a very proud one), but I think that a People is supposed to be guided by common values; values other than religious.

    Of course this is just my humble, personal opinion.:)

    As for the US...I am not the right person to answer that question. I hope religious and non-religious people are united by common values.
     
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  7. Salty Booger

    Salty Booger Royal Crown Cola (RC)

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    Freedom of religion is one of our values.
     
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  8. SalixIncendium

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    No.

    No.

    No.

    Depends on the politician.

    Yes.
     
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  9. sun rise

    sun rise "This is the Hour of God"
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    No. Belief, especially professed belief to me is virtually meaningless. If someone walks the talk, whether it be a religious person or an atheist humanist, it's meaningful.

    How many examples of that being false do we need?

    To some.
     
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  10. Altfish

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    Yes, they worry me.
    I am British, there are very few politicians that I know what their religious beliefs are.
    Religion and politics do not and should not mix

    Definitely not.

    As long as they do not discriminate about religious people

    Certainly not

    Yes
     
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  11. metis

    metis aged ecumenical anthropologist

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    I believe it may.

    My main interest is trying to find out where his/her general philosophy come from, whether that be religious or secular. I would rather have a moral atheist in office than an immoral "true believer".
    Not necessarily.

    Yes, but not always in a good way.
     
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  12. Rival

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    Blair is a Catholic and look what he did. Religiosity is not indicative of a good/better candidate and I say this as a religious person myself.
     
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    Yeah, he was one I did know.
    Rees-Mogg is another that comes to mind; both were liars for a living.
     
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    Does the religious beliefs of a political candidate matter?

    Assuming their stated religion is actually their religion (aka, their way of life - the narratives that inform their central values, behaviors, sense of life's meaning, and community) and they are also properly religious about that religion, there's nothing more important to know about a human person.

    Would you feel better knowing that a politician has some religious conviction?

    Of course not - every human has religious convictions. The question is what those deeply-held convictions are. What narratives and values guide their behavior and their relationships? What is their way of life?

    Would you feel better knowing that a politician has no religious conviction?

    There's no such thing as a human without deeply-held (aka, religious) convictions. Well, technically there are some, but none of those could be running for office. People don't run for public office without deeply-held convictions.

    Does a politician's religious convictions equate to greater individual morality?

    The idea of "greater individual morality" frankly does not compute to me.

    Do you believe religion plays a major role in American politics currently?

    It plays a role in all politics in every country, whether or not it is recognized or labeled as such. The narratives of a culture always and inevitably impact politics, as do their central values, the behaviors that emerge from all of this, and the resulting communities for which the governments are for in the first place.
     
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    No. As long as they don't kill ''infidels''.
     
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    Only if they believe they must do the bidding of their god before the people they are elected to represent. In these instances, there people should not run for public office in a representational government.To do so is to be deliberately dishonest, and destructive of the form of government the people have chosen to enact.

    The same, I believe, is true for this latest Supreme Court Judge nominee. She is of the belief that doing her god's bidding is more important than doing the job she is seeking to be assigned. I feel this is a form of deliberate dishonesty, and misrepresentation. She should not be a civil judge in any court if she cannot set her religious beliefs aside while she's sitting on the bench.
     
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  17. Salty Booger

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    I haven't heard any indication that her religious beliefs will interfere with her job description, which is to interpret the Constitution.
     
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    Nor have we heard her asked, and state, that when the two ideologies clash (as they inevitably will), that she will set "Jesus" aside, and do what's right by the Constitution and the people of the nation. From what I have read about the religious group she belongs to, I suspect it is highly unlikely that she would be willing to do so.
     
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  19. Salty Booger

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    Looks like we will be guessing until she proves us right or wrong.
     
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    I think so, in certain cases. For an example, if his/her beliefs line up with Satan vs Jesus... it just might make a difference in their voting or direction for the country. An atheist beliefs may include eliminating religion.

    HOWEVER, it is more than just what they say about their religious beliefs because usually I can't hear them because what they are doing is shouting so loud.

    Some probably is better than none. Again "Freedom of religion" may be at risk.

    For some... I'm sure.

    Not necessarily. There are always exceptions. What I do know is that when I acquired faith convictions, it did change my morality. But I have seen some that didn't.

    Always has besides, gun right or no rights play a major role, pro-life or pro-death plays a major role, pro-socialism vs pro-capitalism etc etc etc.
     
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