What it means to practice a religion while holding a government office


Former Maryland Lieutenant Governor Michael Steele will speak at Syracuse University on Monday. Steele, known as the first African-American chairman of the Republican National Committee, will speak about being a public servant associated with a person of faith, and how the two are linked.

Steele said his faith has been a guiding moral principle in his service career, and while he fully supports the separation of church and state when deciding laws, he believes faith serves as a guidance to all legislators when making decisions.

“It means that the little woman who engages in government activity who is herself a government official checks her faith or her morals at the door. As soon as they walk into the Federal Bureau of Investigation, or the White House, or the state capitol, you don’t leave that part of yourself at the door. So you bring that into the room, and it should help you in the way you make decisions.

He believes that when making political decisions, it is not enough to see a dollar amount and that the human and spiritual connection must be taken into account.

“We are spiritual beings whether we like to admit it or not, we are connected to something. And how you define that matters to how you serve.

And in a polarized United States, Steele believes having conversations about faith and agency is more important than ever, and that a strong moral code is what gives people the strength to behave and function in a society.

“We can’t even do the ten things that God asks us to do. How are we supposed to behave in the marriage of human laws imposed on us? »

The annual Borgognoni Lecture is held at the National Veterans Resource Center on Monday, April 4 from 7-9 p.m., and is Free and open to the public.


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