May 7, 2006

U.S. Serving as Example Of Why Religion Must Be Kept Out Of Politics

Keep religion out of politics, Canadians say

So Canadians are worried about the effects of mixing politics and religion, are they? Well, good for them! We in the United States are happy that we can serve as a bad example of what happens when religion interferes with politics. Canadians don't need to look all the way to the theocratic Arab nations; they can simply look south of their own border.

According to the survey described in this article, Canadians say "they'd be more likely to vote for a party lead by an atheist or a Muslim than an evangelical Christian." Wow! I'm jealous. The numbers suggest that there is still a lot of support for evangelical Christians, but at least they are moving in the right direction.

Meanwhile, here in the U.S., "Americans...also appear to be less inclined than they were a decade ago to vote for a leader who is an evangelical Christian." If this is true (and I trust you will excuse me for being skeptical), then why is it that these people keep getting elected? Maybe the approaching Congressional elections will result in fewer evangelicals returning to Congress. Call me naive, but I have to find hope somewhere.

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