Lindsy Wayt

Reporter/Photographer
Duluth, MN, United States

About Lindsy

An idea worth spreading

"Think beyond what your mind limits you to." We are what we choose to be.

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Equality, writing, photography, language, photography, music, philosophy, psychology, art.

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Lindsy Wayt
Posted about 2 years ago
Why is it important for religion to remain separate from politics?
Thank you, guys. I am done with my symposium and composition- received one of the highest scores of my class on the symposium and an average grade on my composition. I wish I could share both with you guys on here, but again I would like to thank for everyone's input and for helping me move forward in my research while asking questions I hadn't thought of before.
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Lindsy Wayt
Posted over 2 years ago
Why is it important for religion to remain separate from politics?
When going over my outlines with my teacher, she said that what I had to say leads to more questions than answers- and I agree. Are there any secular countries currently operating with little to no involvement of religion in politics? I feel like there has to be. Perhaps Sweden? Maybe Switzerland? I find it's a little tough to research- especially within the databases I am provided- the most I get are newspaper/magazine articles vaguely brushing the topic. Also, I truly do not want to come across as attacking the other side. I want to provide the most logical and concise argument I can, but at the same time show my passion and my stance on the argument. Can anyone offer advice as to how I can do this? Or how I can easily keep some fluidity in my writing while discussing either side? This topic is much more delicate and tricky than I anticipated...
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Lindsy Wayt
Posted over 2 years ago
Why is it important for religion to remain separate from politics?
First of all, I would like to thank all of you for your great amount of input! For those of you who posted the video links- I enjoyed watching them- The Hillsdale lecture and the comments on Bush led me to some further research. I guess, what I am more specifically looking for is some support to a few of the claims I plan to make as compromises to the whole controversy of "separation of church and state". Examples of these claims: • It is never appropriate to impose a religious test for public office. Article VI Const- “No religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States ”. • Voters should evaluate candidates based on policies, values, and their character- not how they choose to worship. • Religious leaders should refrain from using religious authority or threats to persuade the political decisions of citizens or candidates. • Religious leaders cross the line when they seek to coerce, not convince or counsel. • Democracies, and religious freedom, depend on voters being free to exercise civic duty without fear of punishment. • Democracy requires the ability to test public policies in reasoned discourse in a free marketplace of ideas. • Candidates should refrain from citing religion as exclusive authority for their positions. • Politicians should be inclusive of all citizens if they choose to speak on religion, and they should speak so that moral power and imagery can UNITE rather than divide. • Religious organizations have the freedom to speak out on great issues, but they should never endorse or oppose candidates based on religious beliefs alone. • Cloaking any candidate or political party in any religion is certain to disappoint. After all, candidates are human. Identifying them with any higher power compromises a society’s moral standards and disillusions.