We are often told to keep politics and religion separate. But is that really possible?
From the beginning of the Republic there have been regular references to religion, even in the Declaration of Independence, and we do not seem particularly ill from it. Indeed, without an appeal to a God of some sort, how are we to find respect for another human being? If we are all equals with equal moral standing (as a secularist might say) them John’s word means no more than Sam’s. Therefore, if John thought Sam below him, there can be no appeal in John’s mind. His thought must be paramount. Sam cannot logically appeal to his personal thoughts as John would have no reason to hear them.
We must have some religion in our politics if we are to get anyone to think outside the box which is themselves. So long as it is constrained within only those religious items upon which can all agree, the basic dignity of other people being one of those tenets, and not upon wholly religious issues such as the Divinity of Christ, we violate no moral norms.