FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Notification GET THE RELIGION OUT OF POLITICS The news in the past week has been dominated by the attempts of religions to control policyand doctrine in this country.Justice Party Presidential candidate Rocky Anderson says this trend cannot be allowed tocontinue.
“As a country we have long since crossed the line of separation of church and state and this iswrong. People have a right to worship as they choose, or to refrain from worshipping. They don't have the right to impose their religious beliefs on others.”
Anderson feels that personal religious beliefs entered into the Komen Foundation’s decision tostop funding Planned Parenthood (a decision reversed later.)
“A member of the Komen board, who has now resigned, shares the beliefs of the religious right that Planned Parenthood should not receive funding because, in her view, Planned Parenthood promotes abortion. I served on the Board of Directors of the Planned Parenthood Association of Utah and provided pro bono legal services for them because of my tremendous commitment tothe provision of family planning education and services for all. One thing we should all be ableto agree on is that the best means of preventing abortions is to provide good sex education and offer affordable family planning information and services.”
Another issue Anderson says is an affront to the separation of church and state is the outcryfrom religious institutions that take money from the federal government, but don’t want toprovide health care if it conflicts with their doctrine.
“The battle over providing contraceptives to women is not about religion. It is about health careand the irrefutable truth that women have the right to control their own bodies. The separationof church and state was not so much about keeping religion out of government as is was about not promoting one religious belief over another. ”
Rocky Anderson knows these are hotbed issues but he feels he must speak out on these vitalissues.“I've never ‘squirmed’ on these questions and I don’t change my views, as other politicians do,for political expediency. We should all value the diversity in religious (and non-religious)traditions and be respectful and compassionate toward each other. To do that, we should keepreligion out of politics.”