I have to admit I am a person that strongly believes in separation of church and state; and my own spirituality is not main stream. That said it seems to me there is a LOT of religion in campaigns and in politics.
Here locally for example Fischer's program that claims it is in charge of the values of my state. Yet a LOT of the folks I know, including Christians disagree that he or his group speak for them. Apparently they have raised enough cash to continue their missions.
Then today on the National front we have Romney talking of being a Mormon and folks comparing it to when Kennedy ran and the concern folks had over his being Catholic. Now I would not vote for Romney for a large number of reasons BUT I do agree with him that religion is not what we elect.
I have problems with tenants of the Mormon faith, and I exercise my right to just not practice that version of religion.
I wondered some today (still am to be honest) how honest I am with myself on where I draw the religion line, for example would I suggest in a campaign tactics meeting to exploit a persons religion. Or only if a lot of folks called it a cult? I DO already point out fundie beliefs in some.
I am afraid I do think that there are some religions that in my opinion have you suspend logic in order to be a believer and follower. I can't help but think that would be a person that I would have so many OTHER reasons to vote against that I would have a lot to work with leaving the religion out of the discussion.
Yet I will admit I do have serious concerns over fundamentalists in higher office.
I really doubt I am the only person that feels some inner struggle, in my thoughts on the topic.