God Is NOT A Republican And Satan Is NOT A Democrat!

Politics And Religion: The Great Fake!

When religious belief becomes the deciding factor in electing a candidate to political office in America, all hell breaks loose! Many voters in America believe that God is on one side and the devil is on the other. For years, Republicans have portrayed themselves as the party of family values and strong religious conviction. Likewise, voters have long been led to believe that all godless, evil candidates stem from and have the backing of the Democratic party. God and politics might be a natural combination in a country that is a theocracy, such as Iran, but in the United States of America?

God's favorite candidate? Who says? God? To believe that God would back one political candidate over another is pure foolishness, ignorance at its height. Have you ever seen a political commercial sponsored and paid for by God? A PAC that has received its funding from God?

In a country that prides itself on freedom of religion, there are many involved in politics who use religion to garner support and money. When I hear of PAC's who have named themselves such things as "Faith and Freedom Coalition" and then defines itself, in part as "...mobilizing people of faith...", I am suspect. Most of us have faith and most of us, regardless of party, believe in freedom. It is suspect when someone tries to play on someone's faith to raise money to garner political power and support themselves in a lavish manner.

Ralph Reed, the founder of the "Faith and Freedom Coalition" has a very checkered past and present. He was a big player in the Pay-Go lobbying scandal that enveloped Jack Abramoff, Grover Norquist and many others who went to prison for buying and selling Congressional influence. Money and power grabbing were at the center of that scandal, and regardless of the pious sounding name of the organization, money and power-grabbing are at the center of this group, in my opinion.

Far more than the proliferation of faith, I daresay, it is possession of power and money-making that is the supreme motive at play. Much like a shuckster faith healer, Reed and those like him play on people.

Reed was also a senior advisor to the Bush-Cheney campaigns in 2000 and 2004. Prior to his "redemption" from the lobbying scandal, he was accused by John McCain of making millions from the gambling deals that he, Norquist and Abramoff featured in so prominently. His "redemption" is still suspect.

A case can be made that PAC's on both sides of the political aisle do the same thing, and maybe they do, but it is wrong. Religion is not a test of worthiness to hold office in this country, and to appeal to someone's religion is callous and opportunistic, especially the way it is done by Ralph Reed.

Democrats AND Republicans go to church, believe in God, have families that they worry about constantly and all love this country.

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NotPC 4 years ago

Couldn't agree more! Religion should be a private matter and should never be a factor in a political campaign. It's crazy how this one aspect of a candidate can be a deciding factor in a voters mind. In the U.S. we believe in freedom of religion and that means religion should not have any bias for or against any person, including the president!


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Jillian Barclay 4 years ago from California, USA Author

Thanks, NotPC!

Sometimes I wonder just how much we, as a country really believe in freedom of religion. We always say we do, but then we see that, as you say, it can be, and often is, a deciding factor in voting.


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lrc7815 4 years ago from Central Virginia

This is awesome Jillian. People get so caught up in pointing fingers they forget what really matters. You nailed it. Voted up and awesome.


Justsilvie 4 years ago

Well done Hub! I know we have the right to freedom of religion, but it must say in small print as long as you are a Christian, and preferable a Protestant.


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Jillian Barclay 4 years ago from California, USA Author

lrc7815,

Thank you for the up and awesome--Agreed! People get caught up and forget.

Justsilvie,

Your comment states the point of this article well. The small print does seem to define the idea that so many view as "freedom of religion".


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Tom Koecke 4 years ago from Tacoma, Washington

Part of Article VI of the Constitution: "The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States."

I enjoyed your hub, Jillian!


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phdast7 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

Extremely well written argument/rant, but done with logic and moderation and style. You have a powerful message here that needs to be heard and understood. We have a history of bragging about our "separation of church and state." But many of these new associations and PACs make a lie of that supposed separation. We cannot have it both ways. Thank you for putting all this into words. Well done. Sharing.


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Jillian Barclay 4 years ago from California, USA Author

Dear Tom Koecke, Thank you for adding Article VI!


glouisbrown 4 years ago from Summerville, S.C.

I could not agree more. Separation of church and state means that we do not use our religious views to determine who gets to hold office and the government does not get to choose one religion over another as being recognized as the proper religion for all. God is not a Democrat or Republican and He is not a liberal or conservative. Great article!


HSchneider 4 years ago from Parsippany, New Jersey

Excellent analysis, Jillian. It amazes me that these so-called religious fundamentalists do not examine Jesus' works and teachings while on Earth. He would have been considered a bleeding heart Liberal. By the way, have you heard from your family on Staten Island? My Mom got her power back last Thursday and is doing fine. No damage except for spoiled food. Hope all is well.


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Jillian Barclay 4 years ago from California, USA Author

All is well, Howard- no damage to the house and everyone is okay- Sounds like your mom and my family were very fortunate, especially when seeing the destruction on the news.


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JayeWisdom 4 years ago from Deep South, USA

Excellent hub, Jillian, and I hope readers will approach it with an open mind and ask themselves the tough questions that many political supporters never consider. I think political candidates who use voters' religious beliefs for their own agendas (which are usually not the same) can be likened to beasts of prey.

The Founding Fathers of the USA would be aghast, I think, to know that their vision for this country has deteriorated into a morass of grabbing for power and wealth...much of it under the false guise of faith. Because Christianity is the major religion in this country, it is Christian voters on whom these false politicos prey. If the USA had more Buddhist voters than Christian voters, guess which ones they would target!

Until those who are being used by politicians because of their faith recognize what is happening and stop it, they will continue to be tools of deceit.

Voted Up++++

Jaye

P.S. I'm glad you and your family escaped the ravages of Hurricane Sandy. So did my grandson and his girlfriend in Brooklyn, for which I am truly thankful.


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HoneyBB 4 years ago from Illinois

Very well said. Thanks for sharing. I have a niece who has threatened to disown any family member or friend who votes for Obama because she says he is evil and on and on and on. He appears to be a good family man to me. She believes every bad thing she reads about him. It's pure craziness. Now that you wrote this, I see that it's more widespread. Crazy. Voted ++


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Jillian Barclay 4 years ago from California, USA Author

Hi, HoneyBB,

I am with you! President Obama is a good man, and by the results of tonights election, there are many who do not believe unsubstantiated rumors and back away from hatred.

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