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September 6, 2012

Should a candidate’s religion matter?


“But I have ever thought religion a concern purely between our God and our consciences, for which we were accountable to him, and not to the priests. I never told my own religion, nor scrutinized that of another.”

–Thomas Jefferson to Mrs. Samuel H. Smith, 1816


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  1. Jefferson was kidding himself, sorry to say. REligion tells a lot about a candidates values and cultures. He took a lot of heat in his own time for his own lack of religion, so he of all people knew it matters.

  2. It does even if it shouldn’t because we all have our prejudices. Thomas Jefferson was better than most of us today.

  3. What Jefferson was saying was that religion is a communication between a man and his maker. No one necessary in between. Jefferson did not believe in the need for any established religion. Those religious leaders were not necessarily Holy. Love your neighbor as you love yourself.

  4. i dont beleieve a canidate’s religion should matter. it is wrong to judge a man by his religion and our government is set up on the seperation of church and state. everybody has thier own opinions and beliefs and religion shouldnt matter in politics when the people are trying to help.

  5. Living in America, we have the right to freedom of religion. The religion a candidate practices shouldn’t determine whether or not he or she may run for office because that person should be able to lead and help better our government regardless of religion.

  6. I don’t believe the religion of a poltical canidate should matter in an election unless his political beliefs driectly coincide with his religion. An election is to be decided on political views and political views alone. To judge an election on the canidates spiritual beliefs is a violation of the first ammendment.

  7. I do not think a canidates religion should matter in an election. The first amendment states that you have a right to freedom of religion, therefore a canidate has the right to belive in whatever he or she wants. An election is based upon your political veiws and not what or who you belive in, so I believe your religion does not matter.

  8. We believe that religion does matter, because we want our beliefs to match up with the person who is running for Congress. We want our beliefs to be represented in the person who is running. We believe that the person’s decisions reflect based on what he believes in. We want our future to be a reflection of us.

  9. We believe that religion shouldn’t matter for a canidate because a citizen has freedom of religion stated by the first amendment. We cannot judge them by what they believe in. If we did, we could be taking away their first right.

  10. No, it should not matter. A president’s religion has nothing to do with the way he/she runs the states. The 1st ammendent allows you to practice your religion freely. A canidate has the right to belive in whatever he or she wants.

  11. Religion has a lot to do with how a person leads. Our country was founded by bible believing men, there is no denying this. Our country has been blessed by the actions of these leaders. May God continue to bless America and may our leaders rely fully on Him.

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