Rabbi David Saperstein and his colleague Rev. Oliver “Buzz” Thomas have published an op-ed in today’s issue of USA Today. To summarize, Rabbi Saperstein and Rev. Thomas basically lay out five simple rules for the interplay between religion and politics in 2012, laying out a concise guide for candidates and voters alike!
They essentially argue that there should be no religious test for office or use of religiously based coercion: “Denying communion to candidates for their political views during a campaign” would cross the line.
They go on to urge that positions on public policy matters should not rely exclusively on religious teachings: “If a candidate claims that his or her sole source of justification for a policy is God, how can that assertion be tested and debated?”
You should take a moment to read and consider the entire op-ed. There’s a healthy discussion in the comments over at USA Today’s website too.