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Thread #89336   Message #2556884
Posted By: wyrdolafr
04-Feb-09 - 06:18 AM
Thread Name: BS: Blair and God...and Obama
Subject: RE: BS: Blair and God
Keith A of Hertford wrote: "Blair and Bush were derided by many here for their faith.

So far, Obama has escaped similar criticism despite quotes like,"I am a devout Christian....Accepting Jesus Christ in my life has been a powerful guide for my conduct and my values and my ideals."

I can't speak for anyone else, but the only time a politician's faith is an issue is when that faith informs their policies. I'm not particularly interested in policies shaped by religious belief. What a politician does in private is of no concern to me. If a politician's faith shapes and guides their own life then that's of no concern to me either. When a politician's faith begins to shape and guide other people's lives then I am concerned.

As with the nurse in the other thread, it's possible to have compassion and care about the welfare and lives of other people without it being couched in religious thinking. They don't have to be   entwined. I don't do good deeds as an expression of my own beliefs and I don't understand why other people have a problem separating the two.

Politicians, nurses and everyone else should leave spiritual welfare and religious guidance to priests - it's their job leave them to it. If you want to do their job, then leave the one you're presently doing - whether it's a politician, nurse or a painter and decorator - and become a priest.