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Does your faith influence your politics?

Yes
No
Faithless
Somewhat

Religion and politics

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Re: Religion and politics
« Reply #10 on: June 06, 2006, 05:10:22 PM »
I do wish there was an option for somewhat. I consider myself a devout Christian, and my faith can't help but be a consideration. But at the same time, let's be very frank here: when people say "religion" or "faith-based" politics, this is really an euphemism for anti-gay rights and pro-life stances. And, as any real Christian knows, being a follower of Jesus is less about railing for constitutional amendments and passing laws outlawing abortion as much as it is caring for your fellow human and applying all of God's teachings in your life before worrying about how someone leads theirs.

Agreed.  Despite my faith, I'd never vote Republican (not that I can vote anyway).  There's just so much about Republican politics that I don't agree with that any 'faith based' initiave wouldn't cut it, especially since most of the faith based rhetoric is used to promote bigotry.

I feel like the mistake a lot of people make is that they don't think about everything a person stands for before they decide they want to vote for them. I think a lot of Christians see "oh so-and-so is pro-life, so I'll vote for him/her". Okay, that's nice, but what about their stances on things like gun control, the death penalty, and welfare-type programs?

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Re: Religion and politics
« Reply #11 on: June 06, 2006, 05:14:02 PM »
I do wish there was an option for somewhat. I consider myself a devout Christian, and my faith can't help but be a consideration. But at the same time, let's be very frank here: when people say "religion" or "faith-based" politics, this is really an euphemism for anti-gay rights and pro-life stances. And, as any real Christian knows, being a follower of Jesus is less about railing for constitutional amendments and passing laws outlawing abortion as much as it is caring for your fellow human and applying all of God's teachings in your life before worrying about how someone leads theirs.

Agreed.  Despite my faith, I'd never vote Republican (not that I can vote anyway).  There's just so much about Republican politics that I don't agree with that any 'faith based' initiave wouldn't cut it, especially since most of the faith based rhetoric is used to promote bigotry.

I feel like the mistake a lot of people make is that they don't think about everything a person stands for before they decide they want to vote for them. I think a lot of Christians see "oh so-and-so is pro-life, so I'll vote for him/her". Okay, that's nice, but what about their stances on things like gun control, the death penalty, and welfare-type programs?

most people seem to have become 1 issue voters

and the partiesd have encouraged this.  dontknow how you could ever take it back...