Mike Gravel on Education

Libertarian for President; Former Democratic Senator (AK)

Science must guide us, not religious extremism

Sadly, in many parts of the world rationalism is on the wane and religious fanaticism on the rise. We know the role religion plays in the upsurge of terrorism today. But in America we also face religious extremism: right-wing Republicans have poisoned ou national life by imposing their brand of Christianity on secular life.

America is not a Christian nation. It is a secular nation. The Constitution protects all forms of religious worship but bars any of them being an official faith.

Religious freedom is enshrined in the First Amendment: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” George W. Bush and his religious right allies ought to read that amendment over a few times, to let it sink in. The government shouldn’t have anything to do with faith. Period.

Religious belief cannot be allowed to influence public policy. Science must guide us on climate change, evolution, stem cell research and reproductive rights.

Source: A Political Odyssey, by Mike Gravel, p. 72-73 May 2, 2008

Supports vouchers, charters, and magnet schools