When things like religion get mixed into politics, our entire view is skewed. It was Roger Williams, back in the 17th century, that introduced this separation of church and state; “Enforced uniformity confounds civil and religious liberty and denies the principles of Christianity and civility. No man shall be required to worship or maintain a worship against his will.” If we argue issues like abortion, backed only by the words of the Bible, then we are defying the principles we were found upon. That being said, I don’t care to follow whether a politician is pro-life or pro-choice; it’s not up to the feds to decide those sorts of things.
Former candidate and governor of Texas Rick Perry’s support for Newt Gingrich is controversial to the masses, since Perry is an evangelical and Gingrich is a member of the Roman Catholic church. But why do their religions define their views? While Perry was never on track to be president, he had similar views to Gingrich, and his support goes to show the very thick line that should be inserted between the way a country needs to be run and the way a church should be.
If the country can’t decide what religion a person will observe, then it can’t decide how their lives should be led by reason of religion.
“God has appointed two kinds of government in the world, which are distinct in their nature, and ought never to be confounded together; one of which is called civil, the other ecclesiastical government.” (Issac Backus)