Should religious leaders get involved in politics?( Who says politics is dirty?)

Norway is one of the countries that choose their leaders based on religious grounds, says research from a Minifact released on the country. 1 of 1000 leaders commits a crime related to abuse of office and about 97 of 1000 people commited crimes in the year of 2011.
Patrick Buchana
Patrick Buchana

Norway is one of the countries that choose their leaders based on religious grounds, says research from a Minifact released on the country. 1 of 1000 leaders commits a crime related to abuse of office and about 97 of 1000 people commited crimes in the year of 2011.

In most countries, a leader is chosen in accordance with his credentials, eloquence, charisma and ability to convince his citizens that he will deliver, all these characters can be possessed by someone without honour and morals.

Integrating religion in leadership gives citizens the better option of moral uprightness in a leader hence removing some crimes like corruption and so on.

Rwanda’s statistics are, Roman Catholic 56.5%, Protestant 26%, Adventist 11.1%, Muslim 4.6%, indigenous beliefs 0.1%, none 1.7%, according to the Index Mundi Rwanda Demographics Profile of 2013.

This makes everything much simpler. It’s easy to reach all the communities because they are just six groups of people you are addressing. Passing on something is left to the leaders of these six groups.

Allowing ministers of religion to stand for political office helps ensure a good mix in any elected assembly, which needs people from a range of different backgrounds.

At a time when politics is increasingly seen as a career in itself, many representatives have no real business or life experience before entering into office.

Allowing clerics to run for election would go some way to reintroducing people with extensive experience beyond the enclosed ‘political village’. Moreover, clerics are much less likely than others to be influenced by corruption - a major issue in many countries.

A priest takes over 10 years before being called a father, this shows a lot of commitment and for such a person to go into power, they are ready for a commitment run.

Finally the development successes in education, health and poverty eradication were contributions by religious institutions, meaning these religious leaders are well conversant with development strategy for their people.

It’s a political imbalance to shut down such key partners in development and think that there is nothing to miss.

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