Should a candidate's faith be an issue?

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  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Nov. 29, 2011 11:33 p.m.

    As long as we think we can drag religion into the political arena, we're doomed to a divisive political climate of failure.

  • Bubble SLC, UT
    Nov. 29, 2011 6:38 p.m.

    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 the Constitution?

  • one vote Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 29, 2011 5:54 p.m.

    Only in the republican party.

  • THarrison SLC, Utah
    Nov. 29, 2011 4:50 p.m.

    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.

  • Mark B Eureka, CA
    Nov. 29, 2011 4:34 p.m.

    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?

  • Lagomorph Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 29, 2011 9:18 a.m.

    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?

  • embarrassed Utahn! Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 29, 2011 9:08 a.m.

    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!