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Christian, Jewish, Muslim, or Other: Can Any Believe and Be A Politician Today?
Does "That's not so!" mean someone lied?
What does the "conduct" of Election 2012 say about the candidates?
"All's fair in love, and war," but does love of elective office make everything fair, even if it runs counter to one's religious commandments?
Let's see what we can gather from Election 2012 to think about in this regard.
For Jews and Christians the Ten Commandments suggest some things we can think about, and Muslims, Buddhists, and other religious persons can join in. There is ample cause for atheists and agnostics to think about these things in terms of what candidates' have expressed as their own religious beliefs which may be relevant to this brief discussion.
Among the Ten Commandments are two which come to mind right away.
You must not testify falsely against your neighbor.
Thou shalt not covet...anything that is your neighbors.
Love your neighbor as you would love yourself.
Now we are back to the "All's fair in love and war" concept.
That, of course, is presuming that "no love is lost" in the process of political campaigns.
In the second of the presidential debates in Election 2012 some observers stated that the two candidate almost looked as if they were on the verge of coming to physical blows!
That would lead us to another biblical commandment on love, namely that we should
Love your enemies.
Now it is true that biblical commandments are not commandments in every other religion, but Buddhists, for example, believe in a teaching that its adherents should do nothing that would harm another human being, and teachings similar to that exist in other faiths.
Where does that place political candidates in this realm of commandments and teachings?
It seems unlikely that campaigns which choose their own interpretations of what they call "facts and statistics" are going to always agree with their opponents' interpretations of those "facts and statistics. And candidates may even challenge each other on the truthfulness of those "facts and statistics."
Can they possibly "agree to disagree"?
Possibly----but more than likely only after the election results are final. What seems to happen in the meantime is more like war than love.
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