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Should religious individuals be allowed to run for president?

Should religious individuals be allowed to run for president? Topic: Should religious individuals be allowed to run for president?
June 16, 2019 / By Aubrey
Question: Let me begin by clarifying what I mean by religious individuals. I'm not talking about politicians who keep their personal beliefs out of their political decisions. I'm talking about politicians who clearly mix their religious and political decisions. Politicians like Michelle Bachmann. Why is this a problem? I think our country would be better off if all of our politicians did not refer to their personal beliefs but instead critically analyzed our nation's problems and came up with solutions that benefit as many people as possible. Our former president Bush was an individual who mixed religious and political beliefs. At the end of his term he said that he did not regret any of his actions because he answers to a higher power and look what that got us; multiple wars and the precursory events that led to the current economic and job crises. Michelle Bachmann is the same way. She has said that she believes that being gay is a mental disease and a form of bondage and suffering (a contradictory statement). It is on these grounds that she has determined that gay marriage and gay adoption is unconstitutional. She is willing to treat people as second class citizens to satisfy her personal religious beliefs. On top of that, she is willing to ignore the separation of church and state since she supports government funding of adoption agencies that discriminate among potential adopters, namely gays. Clearly Michelle Bachmann and other politicians like her lack the ability to put their personal beliefs aside and think critically to produce solutions that will benefit the nation. Do we really want someone like her running our country? Would America be better off with politicians who are not religious?
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Abaigael Abaigael | 5 days ago
No, because they're infringing on personal freedoms and rights and running the country in her own interests, not the interests of the American people. Bachmann is a bully and social tyrant, and she should NEVER be voted in. Same goes for such people as Rick Perry and Sarah Palin. If someone is religious but keeps it personal, that's fine. Just like if an atheist ran but kept their non-belief in their personal life, it's fine. It's when their personal life becomes part of the public life (through such things as government), THEN it's a problem. Also, gay marriage and gay adoption isn't unconstitutional. Actually her withholding it is, because she's holding back civil rights (violation of the Fourteenth Amendment) and enforcing religious beliefs (violation of the First Amendment), and basing it off of emotional reasoning, which is very, very bad.
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Abaigael Originally Answered: How many foreign exchange students are allowed to line in one house and are they allowed to babysit your kids?
OK .. this is a very loaded question. First, is she a representative for the organization and is she listed as the permanent family or just an arrival family? If she is a representative, chances are good she got paid to bring these kids in (very few are volunteer only), However, it is quite common for a representative to have several students at the beginning of the year as often times permanent host families might be on vacation or unable to take their student on the day he/she arrives. If it is an arrival (temporary) situation then she could have that many. But if it's a permanent placement then the parents of both students must agree to it IN WRITING as well as the USIA. This is according to the USIA 514.25 "(l) Host family placement. (1) Sponsors shall secure, prior to the student’s departure from the home country, a host family placement for each student participant. Sponsors shall not: (i) Facilitate the entry into the United States for a student for whom a host family placement has not been secured; and (ii) Place more than one student with a host family without the express prior written consent of the Agency." USIA has VERY DEFINITE rules on host families and exchange students. In general, they cannot work in any capacity that requires a Social Security Number. However, they are permitted to work up to 10 hours a week in such things as babysitting, tutoring, lawn mowing, etc. They can also do a REASONABLE amount of babysitting if it is considered a weekly chore. This is a very gray area as you can see. If you truly have concerns, and this is not just a matter of families not getting along, you can contact the Council on Standards for International Educational Travel. They are a monitoring agency for exchange programs certified to operate in the U.S. Having worked with exchange students for so many years, I find stories like this quite disturbing -- if true, not good for the students, which is of paramount importance. If not true, not good for the programs. I hope this is just a momentary spat and nothing more serious. However, if it IS just a spat between wife and ex-wife, it is not responsible to bring in the exchange students. You also didn't note the stepson's age. If it was a child it's one thing, but did she "throw out" an adult who could be on his own anyway? EDIT: My answer applies to SECONDARY (high school) students, not college ones.

Spencer Spencer
Michelle Bachmann is horrible. She is ignorant, small-minded and petty. She lacks any depth whatsoever and the idea that she could run the country is laughable. I really don't care whether or not my politicians are religious. I just want them to do a good job. The ones who try to use the power of their elected office to force their personal religious beliefs on everyone bother me a great deal.
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Osmond Osmond
Of course. Running for president is about ideas and ways to change how the environment and health care and etc. The difference is not in intelligence. It's on the foundation of their education. Intelligent people who are indoctrinated into a faith can build marvellously intricate palaces of rationalization atop the shoddy vapour of their beliefs about gods and the supernatural; what scientists and atheists must do is build their logic on top of a more solid basis of empirical evidence and relentless self-examination. The difference isn't their ability to reason, it is what they are reasoning about.
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Leopold Leopold
people who dont have any belief in god scare me as narcissistic and selfish, to stand up to a higher purpose is of its self a more noble purpose than any godless candidate conversely if a candidate uses a political bend to ostracize a non affiliated group (such as nazi's and ew's) or a catholic to ostracize a mormon or vis versa im just as disturbed in short im always disturbed at the political fodder that is shoveled on me every election
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Leopold Originally Answered: Why is the study of religious ritual classified as a subject for anthropology, rather than religious studies?
I am bachelor in sociology and I have also wondered where is the border between all these sciences. Anthropology is generally the science that examines the way people live in the different social realms. A science for the society but is interested in the human beings living in this society not the processes in it that is work for the sociology. Anthropology is very close to culturology, ethnology, sociology even philosophy. Have in mind that these sciences are very close and unlike the sciences like mathematics, chemistry etc. most of the authors are at the same time :anthropologists; culturologists; sociologists etc. In this case the religion is being studied as an object and it can be analyzed in different ways under the point of view of each of the sciences I mentioned, or just as religious ritual study, there could be even other variants. The problem is that the texts that the authors create are often unclear if they are anthropological, culturological or smth else. So you see it is very complicated picture, I hope I helped ;)

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