Jeff Hamilton also showed me the Interfaith Alliance's new publication Religion & Politics which is part of their One Nation, Many Faiths Vote 2006 series.
In this publication is a section titled the language of values. It finishes out with a "Legislative Moral Audit" to use when assessing public policy positions. The following questions are posed for those who would seek to balance their faith and politics:
Does the policy:
- Protect the Constitutional guarantee of the separation of church and state?
- Deny the rights or opportunities of citizens, regardlesss of their religious (or non) beliefs?
- Challenge hatred and bigotry?
- Create a positive vision of America?
- Make itself a friend of justice?
- Treat people equitably?
- Distribute wealth or concentrate wealth?
- Enhance life for all people or only for select people?
- Protect the environment?
- Aid the creation of jobs?
- Negatively impact the most vulnerable people in our society?
Hamilton asserts that it is "religious to do the work of politics and government well without ever voicing a religious phrase. In fact it's more religious than constantly using religious language without ever doing the challenging work of guaranteeing liberty and justice for all people in a diverse and pluralistic society."
So what are your favorite examples of policies that "pass" the audit? And who are the candidates who support those policies?