Heaven and Hell Have No Place in Public Policy-Making

If any of these questions give you pause, push harder—push deeper—never hesitate to ask the critical question. Always insist that you know why you believe what you believe.

Possibly the question to really consider is, "Should religious leaders have an active voice in political policy?" Here's a test: Will the whole of society benefit from the policy being considered? If only the wealthy benefit; if mostly men benefit; if only corporate CEOs benefit—then attempts by religious leaders to influence public policy are automatically questionable. The politics of a "heaven and hell" has no place in public policy-making. If a religious leader wants to influence politics, let her or him begin by recognizing the social contract required for a democracy, where we say to each other that we will base our decisions fundamentally on human rights and we will not depart from that policy.