In a healthy democracy, respect is shown for the religious freedom and beliefs of every person. However, in our country today, religion is often used to divide and—more disturbingly—as a means to take away the rights of other people. Many Americans are people of varying faiths; others are not. In our pluralistic democracy, it is critical that those running for public office model how best to integrate their faith with their responsibility to all people, if elected. The Faith & Democracy Caucus Project helps to delve into the important issues around religious freedom but also how the faith and beliefs of candidates would inform their policy decisions.
WHAT TO ASK…
1 | Should candidates share their personal religious beliefs when running for public office?
2 | How will your faith or values influence your views on public policy?
3 | What are the proper boundaries between religion and government?
4 | How will you protect the rights of people, especially the rights of those in the minority?
5 | How will you balance the principles of your faith or beliefs with your obligation to defend the Constitution if the two come into conflict?