Thursday, August 1, 2019
Much is discussed in the law these days about freedom of religion. Not so much is mentioned about freedom from religion.
Even less has been discussed about the spiritual bankruptcy that the United States is experiencing. That discussion parallels the discussion of human rights needs and expectations between the democratic candidates. Candidate Marianne Williamson has not focused on her spiritual beliefs and ideas and rightly focused on the policy shifts she would make as president. But beyond debate responses, Ms. Williamson brings respectful language stemming from her spiritual beliefs that reflect human rights principles of respect and dignity.
Earlier candidate Williamson said, “Politics should be a container for our deepest conversation, But it has become a container for our most shallow conversation.” While Williamson is considered a long shot candidate, her language of inclusiveness and the clarity of her policies has drawn public attention. Perhaps the lesson other candidates should take away is to speak to the public in respectful language, no matter who or what is the topic while promoting policies that include addressing the needs of struggling individuals and a struggling democracy.