Church vs. State: Religion in Public Office

In my Ethics class, we discussed whether religion should be a factor within our public offices. Here is a snippet of the directions along with other supporting evidence to help you form a conclusion yourself. John F. Kennedy argues why “religious views are [an office holder’s] own private affair [and] whose public acts are responsible to all groups and obligated to none […], not limited or conditioned by any religious oath, ritual[,] or obligation.” Compare it with Mike Pence’s acceptance speech as a running mate in which he says, among others, “I’m a Christian, a conservative, and a Republican—in that order!”  Continue reading Church vs. State: Religion in Public Office