We all know that who and what we vote for is extremely personal. But according to former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, it should have nothing to do with your religious beliefs.
Yes, you read that correctly. Apparently, your religion shouldn’t have any effect on the politics you like or the laws of our nation.
The idea came out on Tuesday when Pelosi appeared for an interview with MSNBC’s Joy Reid. Reid, like most of her colleagues, is quite liberal and none too happy about recent political and court decisions that have limited and pretty much banned the murder of babies in the whom.
Reid introduced the topic by stating that the US Supreme Court had overturned the infamous Roe v. Wade last year because the US Constitution did not implement a national right to abortion. But in her opinion, this was a form of “religious extremism.”
And so, she was seeking Pelosi’s advice on the subject, basically wondering if the aging lawmaker agreed. She also wondered how those like her might convince wayward Americans to “vote not on how politics will impact your religion but how it will impact your life.”
Naturally, she did and without hesitation.
Pelosi said, “That’s right. It’s a personal issue. It’s an issue of faith” and one that apparently no one, neither a judge nor lawmakers, has the right to question or rule on.
But, of course, there are problems with Pelosi’s statement.
For starters, she uses the word faith, and forgive me if I’m wrong, but that infers it’s a matter of religion, indeed, as in what we believe.
Secondly, she tried to explain herself using a statement on the separation of church and state by then-presidential candidate John F. Kennedy. Naturally, Pelosi was trying to prove that one of the “greats,” such as Kennedy agreed with her, so she must be right.
But a closer look at Kennedy’s lines proves that while a definite separation between the church and the government should exist, even he, as a Catholic, would act “in accordance with what my conscious tells me… so help me God.”
Now, tell me how one’s religion doesn’t affect our “conscious” and belief in right and wrong…