Is not voting for a candidate solely because of what Religion they are, wrong?
That's a hard one. I think for me I take into account (or atleast try to) a candidates morality, view on world issues and civil rights, feelings on tolerance, etc. It is a fact that ones religion dictates a lot of how a person feels on those issues and other key issues. But I also take into account their actions because though they may be one religion on paper their actions may show they are different from the generalized perception of that religion.
So short answer, no it's not wrong, but it is wrong to ONLY take that into account.
No. You can vote for whoever you feel is the best candidate for whatever reason you so choose.
Religion does play a role in who someone is. If someone says proudly that they are a particular religion it can be inferred that they believe certain things. If someone said they were a Muslim, and that they believed in Sharia law I would not vote for that person. That does not mean that I hate them or wish ill of them, just that I would not vote them as President of the USA.
Happened here last year. We had a municipal election and our new mayor is Muslim. I know many people who voted for him or against him based on that reason alone. Thankfully he was the best candidate for the job and still won based on his political platform and views on a wide range of topics. So, kind of to echo what Lana already said, to vote for or against a candidate because of their religion and no other reason is wrong.
I think its wrong, but people will do it anyway.
However if a candidate explicitly indicates that his government policies will fall in line with his religious beliefs and that he practices his religion by the book. Then i have enough knowledge to know if his policies will not be something i support. I that case, i think it would be ok.
It just seems too vague to me, like, well, it's okay if that is part of your reason but if it is your only reason it's wrong. Why?
I would not vote for Romney because he is a Mormon. I would not vote for a Jehova Witness either. Or like a Satanist, OH and absolutely not a Scientologist. Pretty much any other Religion wouldn't matter all that much to me. I wasn't sure if that was an okay thing to admit, or not Looks like not.
I can't take anyone who wears magic underwear seriously. I am sure that that will get me flamed. I just question if some logic chip is missing.
People vote in line with who they relate with and who they think will represent their interests. There is no way to know ahead of time exactly what kind of officer that person will be. The only thing you can do, is use clues as who that person is to find out. Religion is one way to know what a person might stand for.
you know, i don't think there is any easy way to answer this really. I think there will be times when someone will take religion into consideration and it makes sense or at least seems reasonable, and there will be other times where religion will hold more weight than it should due to prejudicial reasons. I think its going to vary from one instance to the next.
Why would it be wrong? Religion is more important to some than others. If it is the most important thing in my life of course I am going to base my voting on religion. It is my vote to cast as I see fit.
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Personally, I think yes, it is wrong.
I've heard some debates come up on the republican side over this. Could an evangelical christian who may view mormons as a cult, vote for a mormon? Would it be less morally offensive to vote for someone who has cheated on his wife, but has asked god for forgiveness?
My opinion on both is that your bedroom and place of worship should stay out of topics of political value.
With that said, I believe that one's religion will affect that person's choices and actions. For me as long as they are a good person and I think I can trust them I can good regardless of what faith they are.