Wednesday 22 November 2017

Mary Kenny: It's risky to have God as a running mate

Should a politician -- in a country that separates church and state -- declare his commitment to a religious faith? Or should he be careful to declare that his faith has no bearing on his politics? It's an interesting question, and has particular bearing on the American presidential election.

Last week, the well-known American essayist Adam Gopnik castigated Paul Ryan for his open declaration of his Roman Catholic faith, comparing him unfavourably with the late John F Kennedy, who declared that he kept his religion separate from his politics.

Mr Gopnik described Mr Ryan's views as "disturbing" and "scary" after the Republican vice-presidential candidate said: "I don't see how a person can separate their public life from their private life or from their faith. Our faith informs everything we do."

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