Alot, secular decisions based on morality will reflect in the people that follow the law
Religion is fine, but should be used minimally in secular decisions
Religion should be strictly controled/banned
AUSTAN GOOLSBEE: I think the world vests too much power, certainly in the president, probably in Washington in general for its influence on the economy, because most all of the economy has nothing to do with the government.
It is not the purview of the US government to decide what is or is not religious in the first place.
The 1st amendment forbids it from taking that role.
Is a rabbit's foot a religious object? To some maybe. How about a crucifix or a bible or the ten commandments carved in stone on a courthouse lawn?
To some people I suppose those are religious symbols.
However it is none of the government's business to decide.
Should be used minimally. I subscribe to the belief that it serves a utilitarian purpose that should not be allowed to roam free enough to define most political choices. It should also be given some good nods to in public discourse, because it helps stabilize the worst excesses of mankind.
"We all of us know down here that politics is a tough game. And I don't think there's any point in being Irish if you don't know that the world is going to break your heart eventually."-Daniel Patrick Moynihan, December 5, 1963
So no, our laws are not based on the bible at all, nor is our legal system or government in any way based on biblical tenets. But none of that has any bearing on my original point that any law we pass in this country must have reasoning behind it greater than "god told me so".
Liberté. Égalité. Fraternité.
None is impossible, it's literally plays into one's moral core and so on, just don't be a bible thumper within the legislative process.
"I am not among those who fear the people. They and not the rich, are our dependence for continued freedom." -- Thomas Jefferson, 1816 "[F]acts are before ideas." -- Mikhail Bakunin, 1882
Preferably none, but that's just unrealistic.
"Human kindness has never weakened the stamina or softened the fiber of a free people. A nation does not have to be cruel to be tough."
I have no problem with persons in politics following their religion, but I do have a problem with them if they try to force their religion on others.
Everyone, atheist included, have a religious choice. So, there is no way to have a religious free government. We just have to be sure it favors no particular religion.
Instead of bowing down to the atheist religion by taking symbols, prayer, etc. out of public/government owned places, we should be offering equal time and space to all religions, including the atheist.
Separation of Church and State was supposed to allow no one religion to force it's religious views through government, not that religion should not exist in government.
Be sure to work hard and get lots of overtime. People on welfare want more steaks and free upgrades to smart phones with unlimited data packages.
"What is considered sinful in one of the great religions to which citizens belong isn't necessarily sinful in the others. Criminal law therefore cannot be based on the notion of sin; it is crimes that it must define." - Pierre Trudeau