Questions for candidates regarding role of religion in government
This list is a work in progress that was inspired by Bill Keller of the New York Times and has been modified by Eric Stone of Westchester Atheists, a nonsectarian group of freethinkers supporting the separation of church and state.
1. Has there ever been a conflict between your religious beliefs and the Constitution and laws of the US? Yes________ No_______
2. If there has been a conflict, which determined your decision? Your faith____ The Constitution____
3. Would you have any hesitation about appointing an atheist to the federal bench?
4. Do you think there should be any laws prohibiting atheists from holding public office in the USA?
5. Do you believe that Intelligent Design is a valid scientific alternative to evolution?
6. Do you believe that Intelligent Design should be taught in public schools in science classes?
8. Do you believe that evolution is not fully supported by most scientists?
9. Do you believe that global warming is not accepted by the majority of scientists?
10. (a) Do you agree with those religious leaders who say that America is a “Christian nation” or “Judeo-Christian nation?”
I heard a saying that I like yesterday (applied to a different situation, but still applies):
"It's like picking out the least dirty shirt to wear out of the hamper."
The thing about Romney is he's so smooooth. It's a kind of barrier he keeps up so we'd never really know what he's really thinking. He has that Ken doll look about him...you have to admit, his hair is perfect for presidential office.
Perry gets a kind of pained expression on his face....like, "this is hard....this thinking with my brain....it's causing pain I'm not familiar with...must form complete sentences....must use big words...must fight impulse to punch Mitt in the face".
When do we get to ask them? What others have you come up with? How about something along the lines of:
Do you make policy decisions based on the teachings of religious texts? If yes, give an example.