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It's not in the best interests of Canadians to have "faith" or "religious arguments" come to be seen as inadmissible in public discourse about public policy options.Excerpts from Bill Blaikie, a member of Canada's parliament and a United Church of Canada pastor. His MP website has a number of interesting articles on the intersections of faith and politics including this interview by the United Church's magazine.
Questions of peace and war, the economy, and the environment are issues to be informed by faith. But there are appropriate and inappropriate ways of speaking in an explicitly faith-informed way in the public square.
The task at hand for both the faithful and non-believers is to discern and agree on the appropriate ways of such speaking. Dismissing views purely because they are "religious" is an approach which throws out the wheat with the chaff.
Michael Harrington argued that the absence of serious thought about the human condition is the enemy of both faith and (non faith). He called for a common cause against the hedonism of capitalism in favour of "a values-informed vision of individual and social meaningfulness.