While I am a religious person, I don’t need to hear politicians talking about God, what God wants or doesn’t want, or their faith.
I am quite capable of managing my own salvation without any help. If I ever have a moral dilemma, I can consult with a religious scholar. So please, spare me any political pandering or legislation based on what some religionists believe is God-based morality, especially if it impinges on other people’s rights.
This country was founded as a secular nation, and while the Constitution guarantees its citizens religious freedom, it does not favor any particular religion. More and more, we have a plurality of religions in our country, and we should respect each other’s faith as long as it does not affect the common good.
I do not care whether Jesus entered some politician’s heart, or if our current president is a Mohammedan or a Christian, but am only interested in their performance or lack of performance in managing this country for the common good.
What I want to hear from presidential hopefuls is what they would do to address this nation’s problems, leaving any discussion of religious faith to the preachers.
Bill Petrie, Richland