question by Â Joel Thornton
Published: October 7, 2015 11:33 am
How important to you is the religion of a presidential candidate?
The Constitution states that no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any government office. Are you more likely to vote for someone who is the same religion or denomination as you? Or is a presidential candidateâ€™s faith a secondary issue or no issue at all to you?
AMY MARTIN, Director Emeritus of Earth Rhythms and writer/editor Moonlady News Newsletter
Over 30 percent of the population is spiritually unaffiliated, myself included. A presidential candidate from this one-third of the population would be a very good thing indeed. Imagine a candidate that was loyal not to a religious base, but to those of all religions and even those without. Beliefs divide; humanism unites. I am not interested in any candidateâ€™s religious beliefs. Only by their actions are they known.
Notes from Thornton:
So many people are running for president this year that itâ€™s hard to get your voice heard unless you do something outrageous. Donald Trump got the party started by suggesting that the U.S. deport every unauthorized immigrant, then let the â€śgood onesâ€ť back.
Republican Ben Carson amped up the insanity with his comment that a Muslim shouldnâ€™t be president, and he reportedly raised more than $500,000 after making that remark. Carson has since backtracked, saying that he could support a Muslim if he or she would swear to uphold the Constitution over Shariah law. (Carson, by the way, is a Seventh Day Adventist, a denomination that has faced criticism from people who believe itâ€™s a cult.)