In the coming 2012 election, a lot of people are toting around their idol Ron Paul. Ron Paul is Republican politician that ran in 2008 and even 1988 for Christ’s sake. I took a look at Ron Paul’s views, and at first he seemed like a good candidate. He believed in many of my beliefs, like removing military from Iraq and less involvement with foreign business. When I came to the Constitutional rights section, my opinion of him plunged. Ron Paul thinks prayer shouldn’t be banned from schools, saying, “The notion of a rigid separation between church and state has no basis in either the text of the Constitution or the writings of our Founding Fathers. On the contrary, our Founders’ political views were strongly informed by their religious beliefs. Certainly the drafters of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, both replete with references to God, would be aghast at the federal government’s hostility to religion. The establishment clause of the First Amendment was simply intended to forbid the creation of an official state church like the Church of England, not to drive religion out of public life. The Founding Fathers envisioned a robustly Christian yet religiously tolerant America, with churches serving as vital institutions that would eclipse the state in importance. Throughout our nation’s history, churches have done what no government can ever do, namely teach morality and civility. Moral and civil individuals are largely governed by their own sense of right and wrong, and hence have little need for external government. This is the real reason the collectivist Left hates religion: Churches as institutions compete with the state for the people’s allegiance, and many devout people put their faith in God before putting their faith in the state. Knowing this, the secularists wage an ongoing war against religion, chipping away bit by bit at our nation’s Christian heritage. Christmas itself may soon be a casualty of that war.” If you were to say prayer shouldn’t be Banned with the emphasis on banned, this doesn’t sound too bad, but if you think about, prayer definitively should be banned in public schools. The idea of forcing children to conform to a government funded school is terrible. If it’s a private school, sure, do whatever you want, kids don’t have to go to private schools, but public schools that would force prayer go against the fundamental idea of freedom of religion. The idea that all our founding fathers wanted prayer in schools or a Christian America is ludicrous. Thomas Jefferson was likely a deist, so it’s doubtful he wants prayer, seeing as a deist god won’t do squat. America was made on values of freedom and acceptance. It was a place of hope, where everyone was created equal, and where different cultures came together and accepted each other. That might not have worked in the first couple years, where prejudice was plentiful as it still is, but slowly equality has worked it’s way into America. That makes me highly doubt the Founding Father’s wanted a mainly Christian America. Even on the off chance they did, so what. The Founding Father’s are suddenly views are suddenly infallible? George Washington had slaves for Pete’s sake (even though he treated them quite well)! The Founding Father’s were just a group of men that decided they didn’t want to be part of England and led the revolution and created America in the 1700s. Why should what they wanted back then affect today’s politician’s decision making? The claim that churches teach morality and civility but anything else can’t is once again preposterous. All atheists are immoral uncivilized monsters? The churches sure gave Hitler a great sense of morality and civility. If everybody followed strictly by what the holy book says, people would still have slaves and anybody who works on Sunday would immediately be killed. America never was a Christian country. America never was purely one religion. One of the reasons people fled to America was for the freedom of religion, and do you really think someone would have been persecuted for being Christian back then? I believe he also opposes same sex adoption, which is strange. What harm could two guys raising a kid do? Even stranger is he doesn’t seem to oppose gays themselves saying he supports gay marriage as long as it isn’t forced on to others. He opposes abortion, but at least he says if there is a health risk that requires abortion it is the opinion of the medics. In general, any of his views that directly affect me I don’t agree with, but everything else I agree with, especially his stance on drug use, which surprised me because of his Christian background.