I firmly believe in the separation of Church and State, that our government should not establish any State religion, and that all citizens have freedom to worship as they choose, or to not worship at all.
In this case, it is entirely appropriate that these religious leaders weigh in and comment about this political issue. Any time public policy adversely affects the disenfranchised, the poor, women, children, disabled, homeless -- the ones Jesus called "the least of these, my brothers" -- it is a believer's responsibility and duty to stand up for them and speak for them if they have the opportunity. Not that politicians will listen, but perhaps the public will read these heartfelt words of reason and some may be swayed. It makes me very sad that the Republican party has hijacked and co-opted my faith and turned it into something ugly and a means to oppress and crush people, instead of a directive to look out for one another and help those in need. I don't understand how someone can be a Christian and in good conscience vote for the Romney/Ryan ticket.