Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Religion and Politics

Ah, two of my favorite things to talk about!

BUT.

They don't belong together. And I'm getting very frustrated at the increasing link I see between them.

Obama and McCain at the forum at Saddleback Church over the weekend. Polls asking people if they still believe Obama is a Muslim. Candidates defending their faith in Jesus as they campaign. Claims that America is a "Christian Nation."

What happened to the Constitution??

Article XI.
The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.

Asking a candidate's faith goes against the Constitution! Why do we let it happen? Why should a candidate for office in this country be required to meet some religious test? It's not what this country was founded on.

Oh, and our "Christian Nation" idea?

John Adams, founding father and second US President, in 1797:
"The United States is not a Christian nation any more than it is a Jewish or Mohammedan Nation."

I just get SO frustrated!

Why does it matter what religion (or non-religion) a candidate subscribes to? We should be looking at their qualifications, their plan for the office, their judgment.

Ugh.

Update: Just to add for many of my readers.
Should Romney have been judged based on his faith? Should he have had to defend his Mormonism? That's what I mean, exactly.

1 comment:

  1. hahahaha... basing things on the Constitution... you're funny...

    Aren't these the same people who elected a man claimed that the Constitution was just a "goddamn piece of paper"?

    I'm actually proud to say that I'm represented in Congress by one of the two Muslim congressman, Andre Carson.

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