“Faith is Fragile” wrote South Australian Senator Cori Bernardi and he says he wasn’t referring to a ‘religious’ faith.  He continued:  “Faith is fragile. Once it is lost, it is very hard to see it restored.”
“To many, the sentence above will be seen through the lens of religious faith alone, but the fragility of faith extends far beyond that realm.  Our society depends on faith; faith in our institutions and in others is the single most important ingredient that unites our society.
If we believe that our highly evolved system of interaction, discipline and ethics is working for our betterment then we are more likely to respect it. In short, we have faith in it.  But when we lose confidence in the system, the system itself starts to break down. For many, that seems to be happening now…”

Presidential candidate Hilary Clinton has provided the whole world with a clear example of why people are losing ‘faith’ in their nation’s politicians, politics, systems and institutions – they are no longer credible!  These types are faithless to their own people, their own nation.
Leaked emails show Clinton professing different messages

“… In private speeches she gave to banks, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton seems to have expressed a stance on trade that differs from what she’s said publicly during the campaign cycle.
Emails posted by WikiLeaks on Friday include partial transcripts from speeches that the Clinton campaign has previously refused to release.  In one speech she gave to a Brazilian bank in 2013, she advocated for “open trade and open borders.”
“My dream is a hemispheric common market, with open trade and open borders, some time in the future with energy that is as green and sustainable as we can get it, powering growth and opportunity for every person in the hemisphere,” Clinton said.
In the same speech, she also said the US needs “a concerted plan to increase trade already under the current circumstances.”

The Clinton campaign has not confirmed the authenticity of the emails…

In another private speech mentioned in the Carrk email, Clinton said it’s important to have both a “public” and “private” position on certain issues.
“If everybody’s watching, you know, all of the back room discussions and the deals, you know, then people get a little nervous, to say the least,” she said. “So, you need both a public and a private position.”…”
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But, They Do “Bind Back” to What They Believe!
I agree with the good senator’s expressed concerns, but I don’t agree that he is not referring to a ‘religious’ faith.  It all depends on one’s definition of the word ‘religion’. AS Geoffrey Dobbs challenges us all in his paper “Religation” (Found here:     
“If the word ‘religion’ is restricted, as it usually is, to the organised Religions, or to a belief in God, or in the supernatural, those who reject these conceptions and adhere to atheistic, humanist, or materialist beliefs are never challenged to formulate their ideas and to relate them to policy, but are allowed to adopt the pose of persons with no commitment to faith or policy, who claim merely to be pursuing the path of reason. 

In fact, the policies which most of these people openly pursue are based upon assumptions about the universe and about man’s place in it which are every whit as much based upon faith as are the more precise statements formulated in the Creeds, and unless the nature of this faith is revealed or exposed, its realization in the world of today cannot be followed or ascertained, its ideas and policies cannot be related, and we cannot even start to escape from our present confusion, or to develop, in the Baconian phrase: “a just familiarity between the mind and things”….”
How can we live in any sort of peace or comfort if we cannot trust our neighbours? How could we use the roads if we could not trust others to observe the rule of the road? (And what happens when they don’t!) What would be the use of growing anything in gardens, farms or nurseries if other people would grab it? How could any economic activity go forward-whether producing, selling or buying—-if people cannot, in general, rely upon honesty and fair dealing? And what happens when the concept of the Christian marriage, and the Christian family and upbringing, is abandoned?...”
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