Lorna Dueck a friend of mine and an excellent columnist and TV host, recently wrote an article about faith and politics. It was well thought out and insightful and it was published in the Globe and Mail a national newspaper in Canada. I decided to read the comments that were printed about Lorna’s article. It said a lot about the spiritual climate in Canada.
People ask me about the difference’s between Canada and the United States. This is one of the big ones, Canada has a large secular humanist population and it is very socialistic country.
So here is my thought on this. Who cares either way. The question that should be asked is what kind of leader is the person in office. Are they honest, do you trust them, do they believe in the freedom of religion and do they support those who choose not to believe? What is their stand on equal rights. The question of a persons faith is interesting but it should not be how we judge a persons ability to lead.
From what I read in the comment section I would not want some of the hard core atheist to be in office . The reason is they are so intolerant of those that do not believe the way they do. they are very evangelical in there approach to life. So the thing that they are afraid of in regards to the faith based folks is the very thing they are guilty of themselves.
The concept is leadership not a persons faith or lack of. When you live in a democracy and when you live in a diverse cultural society tolerance and bridge building is the key to good leadership.
Lets try to get over our bigotry on both sides of the fence and give people the space they need to function in our respective society’s.