Should religion be combined with politics? Should laws be made according to religious viewpoints? Recent Gallup polls* show that the majority of Americans now approve of abortion and gay marriage, oddly there is an increase among outspoken religious politicians attempting to push laws against both of these. (let's not drag the thread off topic with discussions of these two topics, it's just to point out a trend). It seems that even as we hear about the US becoming less religious that we see more politicians pandering to religious groups. Or even worse, IMO, they actually believe that they are the earthly implement of a deity. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/08/22/religion-politics-america_n_933395.html Please read the entire article before posting so everyone is on the same page. Let's keep personal religious beliefs out of this, the discussion should be if religion and politics should be combined. If you believe they should be combined, can you explain why it would be beneficial for the country? Do you think the heavy religious emphasis by some politicians is good or bad? * Gallup polls http://www.gallup.com/poll/147662/first-time-majority-americans-favor-legal-gay-marriage.aspx http://www.gallup.com/poll/147734/americans-split-along-pro-choice-pro-life-lines.aspx I know feelings on this are highly charged, so let's please stick to discussion about this trend without getting out of control.