Do politicians allow their own religious beliefs to shape their political views?

United States
October 13, 2008 6:30pm CST
Earlier, I was chatting with someone who mentioned that Sarah Pallin allows her Christian religious beliefs to influence her politics. They claimed that she is biased by her Christian beliefs. But, isn't it true that every politicians point of view is in some way or another shaped and influenced by his or her religious views? Couldn't you say then, that every politician is biased with their own religious beliefs, not just Christians? Obama is not a Christian, isn't that right. Am I correct in saying that he is Muslim? And, that is different than Christianity? Don't you think he'll let his opinions and political views be influenced by his beliefs? What's your thoughts on this? Or, is this a claim we're only allowed to make about Christian politicians? Is it impossible for a politician to separate themselves from their own beliefs?
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@fwidman (11515)
• United States
14 Oct 08
I would hope that, irregardless of their beliefs, a politician would take those beliefs into consideration while making any decision. Although, looking at politicians, I think their belief systems are all unbalanced towards more ungodly things than godly things
• United States
14 Oct 08
I think most politicians serve another master, the (not so) almighty dollar.
@fwidman (11515)
• United States
14 Oct 08
Unfortunately, BQ, that is very sad but very true. But, it also can be said of a lot of people that are not politicians
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• United States
14 Oct 08
These days it's not hard for average people to put the wrong thing first. People get so wrapped up in their jobs, careers, kids or personal relationships and push God to the side lines.
@laydee (12814)
• Philippines
13 Oct 08
In one of my Theology courses, I stumbled upon an explanation which lead me to think it's possible. My Theology professor says that Politics somehow separates the person from their beliefs. True religious beliefs, regardless what sect, would never teach a believer to raise himself/herself so highly than others, neither does it influence someone to grab power for the sole purpose of personal gratification. Politics, however, is always rooted on personal gratification. For whoever would want to lead millions of hard-headed people who only see the faults of the leaders rather than support his/her decision? Except those who see it as a medium to raise themselves higher than the rest with the fame and fortune that comes with it (and the headaches too). There's no such thing as a 'Politician for the people', each has their own agenda to try to make 'change' not only in the country (as they all say) but also in their household or their name. So, when someone does go into politics, most (if not all) leaver their beliefs in the coat's hanger, Yes they may have strong beliefs, but when you are in politics there's what we call 'lobbying' where you need the approval of many 'strong' people in society, and for sure your morals will be questioned if not stripped from you. That's why most politicians may have religious beliefs, but they don't bring it with them when they enter the world of politics. Disclaimer: The points-of-views posted above is my sole understanding on the relationship of Religious Beliefs and Politics. In no way does this point out to one or a few politicians, but it's a general perception of how I see them to be. It doesn't mean that they are 100% evil, it simply explains that as humans, Religious beliefs are not always worn as it should. Peer pressure and social dictum forces us to adjust ourselves (including our beliefs) when facing pressures. Like a chameleon who adapts, we too need to adopt in order to run politics, sad to say. =)
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@spalladino (17925)
• United States
14 Oct 08
I do believe that a politician's religious beliefs have an influence on his decisions but a good leader seeks to do what is in the best interest of those he/she serves even when it conflicts with his/her religious beliefs. Sarah Palin pushed her personal religious beliefs about birth control onto the people of Alaska, denying the students who attend school there the education and access to services that could have prevented an untold number of teenage pregnancies. She chose herself and what she believed in personally over what was best for the young people of Alaska. A good politician will separate him/herself from their persona beliefs and look at the big picture.
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• United States
14 Oct 08
Those may just be her personal beliefs not associated with her religion, as not all Christians believe the way she does. Often people shape their own religion to mirror their personal views and not vice versa. In other words, what she did in Alaska was based on her opinion of how things should be and not a reflection on Christianity.
@spalladino (17925)
• United States
15 Oct 08
No, BQ, the church Palin attends preaches abstinance as the only acceptable form of birth control so that is all that she allowed the teenagers of Alaska. That is why her own teenage daughter is currently pregnant and unmarried.
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• Canada
14 Oct 08
I think they have always done that, but back in the days when people worried about JFK being Catholic, I don't think political views mixed with religious views were as extreme as they are today. Sure things looked bad in those days, by those standards, but worrying about JFK was pretty tame, compared to what's going on today.
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• United States
14 Oct 08
Oh sure! And, people didn't even know that he was cheating on his wife constantly back then. Even while in office. The FBI documented it. So, I don't think Americans had anything to worry about. Apparently, JFK didn't let his religious beliefs influence his politics OR his personal life.
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@twoey68 (13651)
• United States
11 Mar 09
I think that all politicians let their religious views influence them...some just won't admit to it. They figure if they admit to it then they'll get attacked for it...much the way Palin was. They just keep their views to themselves and follow them anyways. [b]~~AT PEACE WITHIN~~ **STAND STRONG IN YOUR BELIEFS**[/b]