Monday, April 17, 2006
"Campaigning from the pulpit: Why not?"
USA Today recently released an editorial/opinion piece titled "Campaigning from the pulpit: Why not?" While this article is sure to be controversial, I found it surprisingly level-headed. Here is an interesting excerpt:
Even if the Constitution does not presume to tell ministers to stick to parables, is it bad citizenship, or just plain bad manners, for ministers to confuse our "public" role as citizens and voters with our supposedly "private" religious lives and beliefs? No. Religious faith makes claims, for better or worse, that push the believer inexorably toward charitable and conscientious engagement in "public life." To the extent that religion purports to provide insight into human nature and relations, it necessarily speaks to politics. We best respect each other through honest dialogue by making arguments that reflect our beliefs, not by censoring ourselves or insisting that religious believers translate their commitments into focus-group jargon or cost-benefit analysis.