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Massachusetts Liberal

Observations on politics, the media and life in Massachusetts and beyond from the left side of the road.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Keeping the faith

I always thought religion was a private matter between a person and his or her own god. The injection of religion into mainstream political discussions may be the most damaging of the many trends that have dragged down civil discourse.

After all, the wars we are waging have, at their root, a difference over a supreme being. And the Constitution clearly states that freedom to believe -- or not believe -- is one of our core rights.

So it's encouraging that Barack Obama -- who got caught a lot of grief over his former pastor's words -- has ratcheted down the public phase of his faith.

And it continues to be discouraging that some preachers seem to think that wearing religion on your sleeve is the only appropriate stance for a politician.

After all, doesn't the bible say let he who is without sin cast the first stone?

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