Why Can’t Tim Kaine Separate Religion and Politics?
Many people are speculating, given that Barack Obama will be campaigning in Virginia later this week, that Virginia Governor Tim Kaine will be Obama’s vice presidential running mate. But, what kind of Democratic running mate would Tim Kaine be?
Unfortunately, it seems that Tim Kaine would be the kind of running mate who would support Barack Obama’s dangerous idea of mixing religion and politics. The mixture of religion and politics has been a disaster in the 2008 campaign, from Reverend Wright to John Hagee, from Mike Huckabee to Donnie McClurkin, and right on up to Rick Warren’s dishonesty about the make believe “cone of silence” for John McCain, and the DNC’s snub against nonreligious Americans at the Democratic National Convention.
Yet, Tim Kaine seems to be unable to conceive of a political campaign that doesn’t mess around with religion in this way. In 2005, Kaine proclaimed to Newsweek, “We can’t completely separate politics and faith.”
Why? Why can’t we keep politics separate from the messy and often absurd realm of religion? Is Tim Kaine saying that atheists and other nonreligious Americans can’t be involved in politics? Does Tim Kaine think that only religious citizens can be involved in politics?
Why can’t we have a politics that addresses the needs of all Americans, and not just religious Americans?