Voting Booths are Not Houses of Worship

January 9th, 2011

Charles Blow of the NY Times wrote a column about religious affiliation being a requirement for those aspiring to hold political office. His research spoke to the fact that huge numbers of Americans are ‘unaffiliated’ with any religious organization, regardless of their theology. Mr. Blow admirably points out the unfairness of the unaffiliated being forced to move down the food chain of political aspirants for such a reason. However, he also errs in calling unaffiliated individuals part of yet another demographic among Americans. Since these diverse citizens reject being grouped within any particular religious denomination, must they qualify as yet another group?

Religiously affiliated Americans aren’t labeled as such in order to describe a segment of the population. The designation is market research for potential consumers of a brand of politics being sold on the American market today.

Here was my reply:

2. Barbara Rubin Ca.
January 8th, 2011
12:51 am

Thank you for pointing out that it is useless to ask a politician questions about their religious beliefs and practice because it is a strong part of their campaign appeal among their voting constituency.

I long for the day when a candidate answers the question thusly:

“I’m sorry but the constitution prohibits my discussing this as an aspect of my candidacy. However, you are invited to examine my past actions and compare them with my stated positions on subjects which are truly part of American politics. You can then reach your own conclusions about my state of ‘grace’.”

Barbara Rubin
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