Religion vs. Politics: Where Do We Draw the Line?

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Religion vs. Politics: Where Do We Draw the Line?
ENGL 122
Professor Motaleb
March 24th, 2014

Religion vs. Politics: Where Do We Draw the Line?
As the old saying goes, “Never discuss religion and politics”; this has been a common courtesy practice amongst individuals because of the diversity in our culture, but unfortunately this is not always the case when it comes to religious groups and political officials. Keeping separation between the two is imperative in meeting the needs of all political and religious affiliations without restricting the religious freedoms of other faiths. The separation of church and state is vital to not crossing the lines of personal freedoms and acknowledges the various religions as well as the non-religious groups that we have in the United States. On February 26th 2014 Senate Bill 1062 was vetoed by Arizona Governor Jan Brewer, a law that would allow business owners to refuse service to anyone that impeded on their religious beliefs, the largest group to be homosexuals. If this bill had passed it would have allowed any action taken upon a business, for refusing service, to have a legal defense when facing discrimination lawsuits by proving a “sincerely held religious belief” (Nowicki, Sanchez & Rau, 2014). This is an example of how the line between religion and politics could have led to unimaginable consequences on society by discriminating on personal rights and freedoms. “Religious liberty is a core American and Arizona value – so is nondiscrimination” (Nowicki, Sanchez & Rau, 2014, para. 3). The quote made by Gov. Brewer is meant to show that religion is always a priority but the line has to be drawn when it leads to segregation of others that do not share the same beliefs. Allowing this type of law based upon religious beliefs that are not shared by all Americans shows that religion cannot be allowed to interfere in politics without discriminating on others who don’t share the...
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