Religion In A Job Interview

I’m a bit of a political junkie these days, watching both the Republican and Democratic races intently.  My own values, which center around treating all humans well and preserving the earth for future generations, make me a liberal in most circles.  But I want to understand both sides of the issues, and here’s something I just don’t get.

What does religion have to do with running the country?  Why are most of the speeches laced with “In Jesus’ name”, or “God Bless”?  The Republican VP nominee starts every speech by saying that he’s a Christian, a conservative, and a Republican, in that order.  How exactly does that qualify you for the job, and don’t the Republicans (and some Democrats) realize that this language alienates half of their constituency?

Imagine if the presidential race was instead an interview for an IT company and the applicant stated on his resume that he’s a Christian, conservative, and Republican, in that order.  That’s nice to know, but what exactly are your qualifications for the job?

And now imagine if the interview panel (the American people) was composed of Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Christians, and Wiccans?  What’s your guess on whether the applicant lands the job?