Expression of Religion
Our founding fathers were not fixated on religious expression as much as they were preserving the rights to do so. The issue we're currently facing is an unprecedented censoring of religious expression in American society by a small minority of people who find it offensive. The greatest problem a secular society faces is that if there is no room within the day-to-day functions of the society for religious expression, it will have to find another place for it.
So if people can't pray in schools; if God can't be mentioned in the public square, then God will become more of an important factor for people in the political spectrum. That is, people of faith won't care about policies and governances because they care more about their faith; therefore, they will identify with someone who believes in the right they have to express their faith.
I don't think it's strictly because Rick Perry is Christian. I think it's cause he believes in something. It's hard to know what the current administration believes in, because in every facet of leadership, they have attempted to be all things to all people.
Personally, I'd rather a politician say "I'm not sure what I believe in, but what I do believe in is people's right to practice it." That would be refreshing. I tend to agree that politics shouldn't be so religiously focused. However, when a society becomes increasingly secular, it's going to be expressed somewhere else.
August 11, 2011; 12:24 PM ET
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