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The founding fathers put Article, 6 , paragraph 3 in the Constitution for a very good reason.. Mandating a religious test for any state or federal office is exactly what the kings and queens of England had done for centuries, besides murdering people on religious grounds. The Constitution is the bedrock of our nation, and freedom of religion, and freedom from religion is part of the genius of America.
If you take a look at how Ronald Reagan voted while President, and his real track record in compromising with Democrats led by Tip O'neal, I believe he'd be called a RINO (or worse) in today's hyper partisan political climate. Reagan knew that compromise, comity, and civility get things done in Congress. If we run people for Senate and the House who have poor qualifications, or are extremists who will never work with others in Congress, we will lose races. If someone with Reagan's record were running for Senate today, I believe he'd be attacked for raising taxes, compromising with Democrats, and for his support for life of the mother abortion exceptions. That is a sad statement about conservatives
The wisdom enshrined in the US Constitution is something I give thanks for every day. The Constitution is my rock, and as a conservative atheist, I especially value the 1st amendment, Article 6 paragraph 3, and the 10th amendment. Those passages guarantee me freedom of choice in religion, or no religion at all, liberty, States' rights, freedom to read whatever I want, and to gather with like minded folks. I respect all who have religion, up to the point where they insist upon changing laws contrary to the freedoms the constitution provides. Chuck makes some good points in his article, and I salute his thoughts on getting along, doing unto others, and living peaceably.
Please carefully read Article 6, paragraph 3 of the US Constitution. It's one of the clearest, and most obvious places where the founding fathers enforce the fact that we are a secular Republic, not a theocracy, and not a Christian nation. The text reads , in part: all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States. The founders intended to ensure that even a Jew, a Hindu, or an atheist could hold public office. That has profound implications for our society as a whole
I guess Mark Sanford's little hike along the Appalachian trail must have escaped your notice? Morals have nothing to do with where you live. There is more traffic on porn websites from the southern and western states than any others. Why would that be?
Judging by how many "conservative" Repubs have had sex scandals in the last 10 years, you don't make much of a point. Do you remember Packwood, Gingrich, Foley, Vitter, Craig, Sanford?
Judging by how many "conservative" Repubs have had sex scandals in the last 10 years, you don't make much of a point. Do you remember Packwood, Gingrich, Foley, Vitter, Craig, Sanford?
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Let's Talk About Sex, Responsibly

jkarov Wrote: Dec 01, 2012 11:03 AM
I'm conservative, and I think good sex education, and information for teens on how to avoid STD's should be taught to everyone of appropriate age. You can preach to teens all day about grown ups only having sex, but they aren't going to care when they are alone together.
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Let's Talk About Sex, Responsibly

jkarov Wrote: Dec 01, 2012 10:58 AM
Dear Tired Mom, yes being a parent is hard work, I can sympathize that you are tired! Expecting your children to go through all their teens and even college and wait til marriage to be sexually active is just unrealistic in most Western cultures. Why not give teens all the information there is, and how to prevent pregnancy with contraceptions? Most imporantly is to teach them safe sex informatino to protect them? You can preach to the choir all day and all night, but once they leave your house, the biology of sex is too powerful to expect them to not use it.
I think the central document of our founding should be the only benchmark by which laws are made, and parties should run for Congress or President. The Constitution mentions religion in two primary places, and both make it clear that: 1)Congress shall make no law establishing a religion, or preventing the free exercise thereof 2) no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States. (Article 6, paragraph 3) As a conservative for 40 years, I don't want laws based on religion or faith, I want laws based on the Constitution. I happen to be a non-theist conservative, meaning I don't have any religious belief at all, but I do want small government, balanced budgets
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