As long as we think we can drag religion into the political arena, we're doomed
to a divisive political climate of failure.
We are told that when it comes to voting it is appropriate to vote according to
your religious beliefs - now we are told we should not worry about the faith of
a Presidential candidate.Don't we have a right to know if a
candidate will vote according to his religious beliefs instead of according to
Only in the republican party.
One's faith has absolutely NO business in politics. It really irritates me when
a candidate's religious affiliation is listed along with profession, family,
education, etc. when running for office. It's nobody's business what, if any,
religion a candidate believes in.
All I know is that a good many posters to this space had no hesitation four
years back making a prominent candidate's religion a matter of both scorn and
fear. But Obama won anyway, and now those same folks are dead set AGAINST making
personal faith an issue. I wonder what made them change their minds?
Van Til: "...[W]e live in what many now call a 'postmodern age,' which
results in many issues being a matter of personal taste or opinion. Everything
is judged relative to situations and circumstances. This contravenes a great
AMERICAN TRADITION of devotion to the Ten Commandments with their MORAL
ABSOLUTES. The point here is that voters should demand a return to the high
moral standards of the Ten Commandments..." [emphasis added]Really? It seems to me the American tradition has been very selective and
relativistic vis-a-vis the Decalogue. Certainly the first no other gods) is
negated by the Constitutional prohibition of religious tests for office holders
and the First Amendment; it's contrary to American pluralistic tradition. As to
the prohibitions on killing, lying, and theft, they are basic ethics that every
society has regardless of religion. The commandments aren't required for them.
In a recent GOP debate, the audience cheered one candidate's record of killing
residents of his state. I saw no American tears shed for the uncounted innocent
pre-born Iraqi babies killed in "Shock and Awe." So much for respect
for "thou shalt not kill." And who cares about graven images here
besides the Amish?
Why would someone like Mitt with such moral high-ground already be discussing
another "pre-emptive war"? Christians in this country in NO way have a
lock on morality. And the answer to the question "Should a candidate's
faith be an issue?": Absolutely, positively, YES!