These are the strangest of bed fellows. This is not a recent trend, but it is still one I can’t stand. It has become even more prevalent in the states due mainly to the Cordoba Islamic Centre in New York (aka the “Ground Zero Mosque” or the “World Trade Centre Mosque”).
Politics Daily has been interviewing politicians about their religion and the Cordoba Islamic Centre in New York. I have two major problems with this. Knowing a person’s religion tells you nothing about how they are going to vote on certain important issues like the economy or healthcare. Even if they tell how they are going to vote it is not uncommon for them to change their mind, especially when it comes to taxes or the economy after a change of power.
My second issue with this concept is that it elevates religion in constitutional matters. It really shouldn’t matter what a candidate’s religion, the constitution (of any healthy country) should separate church and state.
All religion seems to do in politics is reinforce the us vs. them mentality. What I see when a politician using religion to court votes, I see a pandering asshole who realizes his arguments couldn’t hold water.