Paul Wilson’s Should Religion Influence Government?

Paul, a Catholic social conservative, responded to his ideological opponents’ claim that, as a voter, he “forces his religious views on others.” Paul noted that people’s religious views will always influence law, as “law is largely an extension of societal morality.”

Nevertheless, Paul described how his religion is just one factor that affects his voting behavior. For example, Paul said the following regarding his pro-life views:

I wouldn’t seek to pass a law against, say, abortion just because God or my Church commands that abortion is immoral. I support pro-life laws primarily to protect the right to life, and my pro-life views are shaped by my belief in basic human rights, the need for societal self-preservation, my religion, and other factors.

Paul asked his opponents to recognize that he and other religious people vote according to many considerations besides religion.

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