The American way is not one group having its way. No part of our country can have a monopoly of what is good for the whole. That is why we must be very careful in mixing religion in politics. The idea that God speaks to one group more than others, or that one group uniquely represents the will of God, makes it impossible to give outsiders the sense that they, too, are welcome participants in the life of our country.
Some people have asked me whether America is a Christian country. The answer must be no, for to call this a Christian country is to say that non-Christians are of some lesser order, not fullfledged citizens of one nation.
Tuesday, October 24, 2006
I finished reading former U.S. Senator John Danforth's book on Faith and Politics last night. Danforth's political impulses are often more conservative than mine, but his book is filled with succinct quotations putting religion and politics in proper perspective. Here is one of the best:
Posted by Bruce Prescott at 2:59 PM