I Don’t Care If Presidential Candidates Believe In God

Kimberley Johnson

I posted this to my social media accounts yesterday:   

“I don't care if a presidential candidate believes in God. I care if they're compassionate human beings who are dedicated to equality, a thriving economy, and a healthy climate.  Stop talking about God. Politics should never have anything to do with religion.”  

America is a diverse nation. It’s populated with people from all over the world.  Some of those people are Jewish, some are Muslim, some (many) are Christian. There’s a beauty in the blend as long as we all respect the differences and not force our individual faiths onto each other.  

I’m an Agnostic. I won’t push my theories about God and spirituality onto you (you’re welcome), and I prefer that you don’t push your beliefs onto me.   

This is especially true when it pertains to politics. When I see political candidates running campaigns that bring up God and religion, I’m immediately turned off. I don’t mind if a candidate or elected official practices a religion; I just don’t want to hear about it. A candidate’s personal religious beliefs do not belong in legislation. Period.   

Muslims shouldn’t have to follow a law based on the Bible. Neither should Jews or Agnostics. The Forefathers were clear about it. In fact, it’s part of the First Amendment of the Constitution (emphasis mine):  

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”  

Christ and Allah have no place in the laws that govern Americans.   

I saw that presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg thinks America needs an awakening of the Christian left. I don’t. I get where he’s coming from—he’d like to see more tolerance and kindness—and that’s great, but it doesn’t have to come in the form of Christianity. It can come from a basic sense of morality—one that crosses over to all the different faiths. Be kind to each other. Help the poor. Help the sick, etc. Just leave God out of it.   

I don’t have a problem with Buttgieg being a Christian; I have a problem with him running on a religious message. We are not a nation of Christians. We are a nation of diverse people who are free to practice, or not practice, all of the different religions that are out there.   

If we are a nation that truly reveres the Constitution, that means religion has no place in politics. 

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