torsdag 19 april 2012

Religion i valrörelser: tio förhållningsregler

Jag stötte på dessa tio "commendments" (någonting mellan commandment och amendment) i Alan Dershowitz' kapitel i antologin Whose God Rules? Undrar om dagen någonsin kommer då alla amerikanska politiker håller sig till dessa principer...

1. Do not claim God as a member of your party or that God is on your side of an issue.

2. Do not publicly proclaim your religious devotion, affiliation, and practices, or attack those of your opponents.

3. Do not denounce those who differ with you about the proper role of religion in public life as antireligious or intolerant of religion.

4. Do not surround your political campaign with religious trappings or symbols.

5. Honor and respect the diversity of this country, recalling that many Americans came to these shores to escape the tyranny of enforced religious uniformity and, more recently, enforced antireligious uniformity.

6. Do not seek the support of religious leaders who impose religious obligations on members of their faith to support or oppose particular candidates.

7. Do not accuse those who reject formal religion of immorality. Recall that some of our nation's greatest leaders did not accept formal or even informal religion.

8. Do not equate morality and religion. Although some great moral teachers were religious, some great moral sinners also acted in the name of religion.

9. When there are political as well as religious dimensions to an issue, focus on the political ones during the campaign.

10. Remember that every belief is in a minority somewhere, and act as if your belief were the least popular.

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