More than 56 per cent of the respondents to last week’s caycompass.com online poll think it’s not very important or not important at all for Cayman’s elected representatives to be good Christians.
Of the 676 total respondents, the largest segment of voters – 307 people or 45.4 per cent – said it was not important at all for the politicians to be good Christians.
“Actually, I think it’s almost a detriment,” said one person. “The last thing I want is a hypocritical politician pandering to a bunch of hypocrites.”
“I’d prefer if they were excellent subscribers to the international standard for all human rights, for good governance, transparency, equality, liberty and justice for all,” said someone else.
“What we need from our elected representatives – intelligent leadership with honesty, integrity and in the public’s long-term interest – is equally possible from an Atheist, Muslim, Buddhist or Hindu, as it is from a Christian. Government should not promote any religious or non-religious view over another,” said another respondent.
“As has been proven here with the passing of a seriously flawed Constitution, religion is a major hindrance to good governance,” said one person.
“The Cayman Islands would get much fairer governance for all if our elected officials were not Christian,” said someone else.
“Going to church does not make you a good or moral person,” said another respondent. “It’s easy to get dressed up and look pious every Sunday. It’s a lot harder to live a righteous and ethical life.”
Another 77 people – 11.4 per cent – said it was not very important for the elected representatives to be good Christians.
“What is important is that they have good morals and values as they are the leaders and are expected to be good role models,” said one person. “The lives that some of them are leading, especially when it comes to family values, leave much to be desired and would only be tolerated in the Cayman Islands.”
“If only their actions reflected their Christian values, then we would actually be achieving something special,” said someone else. “Otherwise to just be called a Christian, but still go on with non-Christian like behaviour means very little to me.”
“It is not very important if they do not possess basic human decency,” said another person. “It seems many so called Christians go to church seeking forgiveness so they can go out and commit the same assortment of sins again.”
Conversely, another large segment of respondents – 173 people or 25.6 per cent – thought it was extremely important for elected representatives to be good Christians.
“Adam Smith and Edmund Burke agreed that morality was critical to liberal government,” said one person. “Religion is the best propagator of morality.”
“I mean real Christians – honest, wise, genuine, humble, caring, not greedy or power hungry,” said someone else. “Not religious hypocrites who are only playing church and tell more lies than the devil.”
“It is extremely important to be good – that is genuine – Christians,” said another person. “Because even though hypocritical sound-bites can trick some of the people, no one can pull the wool over God’s eyes.”
Ninety-nine people – 14.6 per cent – said it was somewhat important for elected representatives to be good Christians.
“I think they need to be good people,” said one person. “Religion aside, it’s what I expect out of anyone.”
“They should lead by example and live free of corruption and bribery, and should put the well-being of their islands first and not their wallets,” said someone else.
“It would be good if they were Christians,” said another person. “However, they should all know how to behave in an ethical way, have good morals and their behaviour should be beyond reproach. They should do their best to set a good example to the rest of us.”
Twenty people – 3 per cent – responded ‘I don’t know’ to the question.
“Define ‘good Christian’,” said one person.
“Christianity and politics don’t mix,” said someone else.
“This is a stupid poll,” commented another respondent. “Good Christians as opposed to what? Bad Christians or Good Muslims?”
“It doesn’t matter,” said another person. “Greed changes them anyway.”
Next week’s poll question
What do you think about the decision to suspend the rollover policy?
Great decision; now tweak it and make it workable.
Don’t just suspend it, get rid of it entirely.
It needed amending, but why suspend it while you figure it out?
Terrible decision; it was working just fine.
I don’t know.
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