What democracy demands of religious values ~ Obama quote

What democracy demands of religious values ~ Obama quote

Obama on what democracy demands of religious values

This is a superb quote from President Barack Obama. As a former Catholic, this speaks to how I feel religious values should inform the laws and government policy of our democracy. It seems the only way if we hope to stay a true melting pot of cultures.

Democracy demands that the religiously motivated translate their concerns in to universal, rather than religion-specific, values… it requires that their proposals be subject to argument and amenable to reason.

Now I may be opposed to abortion for religious reasons, to take one example, but if I seek to pass a law banning the practice, I cannot simply point to the teachings of my church or evoke God’s will. I have to explain why abortion violates some principle that is accessible to people of all faiths, including those with no faith at all.”

~ Barack Obama


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