Vice President of Religion

Oct 8, 2016

By Herb Silverman

You might say I watched the October 4 vice presidential debate “religiously.” I thought the moderator’s most interesting question was whether Tim Kaine and Mike Pence had ever struggled to balance their personal faith with a public policy decision. This was probably the most civil and thoughtful conversation in a previously contentious debate, with neither debater wishing to criticize religion. Each said he had a lot of respect for the sincere faith of the other.

I like to know positions that politicians take, and why they took them. I think basing positions on a legislator’s personal religious faith is a bad idea, though I might have good secular reasons to agree with that same position. If a politician focuses on portions of ancient religious texts to justify a vote, I think the politician either has no rational argument for it or is pandering to voters of that faith.

Kaine mentioned he had struggled as governor of Virginia to uphold capital punishment, which his Roman Catholic faith opposes. He said he tries to follow Catholic teachings in his personal life, but as an elected official it is his duty to uphold the law. Governor Kaine presided over eleven

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2 comments on “Vice President of Religion

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    fadeordraw says:

    You US guys have my sympathies with your presidential and congress and senate (the electoral college thing) election. From this article, I think the RD Foundation should assess the religiosity content of US elections since the RD Foundation came into being; with the objective, I would understand, to reduce US religiosity. So on that scale, how does the rhetoric of this election compare to the last?

    And apparently no scientists would present evidence or otherwise postulate with reference to spiritual or goddish realms. Would it be so for our governancists, elected or otherwise. Talk involving such thoughts waste our precious time.

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  • I like this joke:

    The doctor asks the patient “Does anyone in your family have a history of mental illness?”
    The patient replies that he has an uncle that votes for Donald Trump.

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