The media and a majority of Americans seem to think that religious faith and all that it implies has nothing to do with and can be nicely separated from political office or public work. And, to be fair, for the majority of Americans religious faith means so little to them that it actually can be compartmentalized out of daily practice and employment.
But for people to whom faith matters, ultimately, such compartmentalizations are impossible. Faith, for these hearty souls (and they are clearly a minority of Americans) has to do with ALL of life, from personal habits to employment practices.
Those who like to minimize belief also like to drag the First Amendment in and parade it about as though it actually prohibited the intermixture of church (faith) and state. But of course at that point they merely exhibit their historical ignorance. The First Amendment has nothing to do with faith’s interruption of state functions and everything to do with prohibiting the state from interfering with religious practices.
In other words, the ignorant left has turned the First Amendment on its head, whether maliciously or unintentionally matters not.
People for whom faith does not matter can never comprehend how much it actually does. They simply ‘don’t get it’ and they never will.
Now whether or not people of faith should occupy public office is another matter altogether. The Anabaptists and their spiritual descendants say no in a resounding voice. Luther’s followers say yes. I suppose it’s best to leave such choices to the people exercising them.
But when you elect a person of faith, or hire one, you should know what you’re getting and you have no business complaining about them when they put their faith into practice. Only the marginally committed (i.e., Christians in name only) are able to separate their faith from their deeds.