Amy on Texas Faith: Will a presidential candidate’s religion sway your vote?

Amy on Texas Faith: Will a presidential candidate’s religion sway your vote?

question by  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 candidate’s faith a secondary issue or no issue at all to you?

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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 candidate’s religious beliefs. Only by their actions are they known.

 

Notes from Thornton:

So many people are running for president this year that it’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 “good ones” back.

Republican Ben Carson amped up the insanity with his comment that a Muslim shouldn’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 it’s a cult.)

Amy Martin

Amy Martin is the author of Itchy Business: How to Treat the Poison Ivy and Poison Oak Rash. More info at http://itchy.biz/. She also writes for TheaterJones (comedy), GreenSource DFW (North Texas Wild column), and Senior Voice (TheAging Hippie column). A journalist for over 30 years, she wrote for Dallas Observer, Dallas Times Herald, Dallas Morning News, and D magazine, and was contributing editor and columnist for Garbage magazine. She was known by many in North Texas as the Moonlady for her alternative newservice of 15 years, Moonlady News, and served as creator/producer/promoter of the acclaimed Winter and Summer SolstiCelebrations for 20 years. 

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