Originally posted by Protostar
I did not mean to offend anyone(apologize if i did) but what i am asking is why dont the American people choose their leaders based on merit(their qualifications and what they can do) instead of their religious beliefs?
It's because we are social animals. The great majority of people cannot disassociate religious character from professional ability by nature, by habit. I'm sure it'll be the same everywhere else. If it isn't, it'll eventually be, unless of course, the people are indoctrinated to be fair.
On the other hand, it could just be a cheap, as in money, and easy political ploy to get favor among the populace. It's just too much work to demonstrate one's qualifications through the sound bites on the stump. That says something else about people, but I think everyone already knows, so no need to say it out loud.