Looking Back: 35 Years Ago in Free Inquiry

“The United States is again deeply embroiled in presidential politics. …

“We do not wish to pass on the merits [of any candidate]. We simply wish to point out that the nation would be better off if religious faith were not injected into the political arena by either side. …

“We believe in the civic virtues of our democracy, which means that a person’s religion or lack of it should be a private matter and not a question of public policy. Given the wide diversity of religious outlooks and values in America, we would all be better off if there were a moratorium on politics enunciated in the name of God.”

—Paul Kurtz, “Religion on the Campaign Trail,”
Free Inquiry, Volume 4, No. 4 (Fall 1984)

Editor’s Note: Paul Kurtz (1925–2012) was the founder of the Council for Humanism and the Center for Inquiry and the founding editor of Free Inquiry.


“The United States is again deeply embroiled in presidential politics. … “We do not wish to pass on the merits [of any candidate]. We simply wish to point out that the nation would be better off if religious faith were not injected into the political arena by either side. … “We believe in the civic …

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