Politics and the Kingdom of Heaven

January 03, 2006

Here is an excellent column by Joseph Loconte in the New York Times: Nearer, My God, to the G.O.P.

He takes both conservative and liberal religious leaders to task for using strong religious language to justify political decisions. He writes:

"A completely secular public square is neither possible nor desirable; democracy needs the moral ballast of religion. But a partisan campaign to enlist the sacred is equally wrongheaded. When people of faith join political debates, they must welcome those democratic virtues that promote the common good: prudence, reason, compromise - and a realization that politics can't usher in the kingdom of heaven."


Thanks to Jesus Politics for pointing out this column.