Originally posted by JS357
Every time I hear someone promote religion in politics, it is always their own religion that they promote.
I agree - but even here - whenever someone promotes religion in politics, they're usually promoting some political ideology (mostly conservative, but liberals will do it as well) and trying to claim that the scriptures (usually the Bible, in the US) supports that ideology.
My argument is that pretty much all religions (as well as many atheists) support the ideals of humility, honesty, sincerity, and integrity. If, somehow, these ideals were to be brought into the political process by everyone (candidates, officeholders, donors, and voters), all the other problems would likely be solved as much as it is possible for a government to solve them.
So it would seem that this should be THE top priority.
But the reality is that you almost NEVER hear religious leaders making a serious attempt to denounce bad political behavior -- or if they do, they will only denounce the behavior of politicians they already disagree with.