Is religion an issue in the presidential election?

Certain people are trying to bring religion into the race to be the Republican nominee for President. Reuters reports:

Republican presidential contenders Herman Cain and Michele Bachmann refused on Sunday to wade into a controversy over a Texas pastor’s comments about rival Mitt Romney’s Mormon faith.

I love this quote from Herman Cain:

“I am not running for theologian in chief,” Cain, a former pizza executive who is rising fast in polls, said on CNN’s “State of the Union” show when asked about the views of Dallas pastor Robert Jeffress.

As for this Robert Jeffress, you have to laugh at this comment:

“Absolutely, Mormonism is a false religion,” he told Reuters. “It was invented 1800 years after the establishment of Christianity.”

Umm, Christianity came about 1300 years after Judaism. Does that automatically make Christianity a false religion? I don’t think so!

Besides, Article VI of the Constitution clearly states:

No religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.

So unless a candidate for office proposes establishing one religion over another, religion is not an issue. And since no candidate so far has suggested doing so, let’s drop this ridiculous idea and debate the real difficult issues in front of us.

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9 responses to “Is religion an issue in the presidential election?

  1. I do believe that Robert Jeffress was coming from a Christian standpoint. The majority of Christians, including myself, believe Mormonism is a false religion. We have to remember that America, whether we like it or not, was founded on Christian principles, and there is no such thing as separation of church and state. Religion sets the moral standard which sets laws. Imagine what would happen if one of our first president’s religion said that killing people was good. Our laws would be no good!

    • I am not arguing with his opinion. Everybody believes his religion is the true one and other are false. I am arguing with his logic that Mormonism is false because it came 1800 years after Christ. That’s ridiculous.

      • Touche. But in a way, it makes since b/c why would a true religion spring up only 1800 years after the life and death of its centerpiece and God (ie Christ). That right there makes no sense. Christianity sprung up right after the Resurrection of Christ.

        • That depends on whether the story of Christ or the story of Joseph Smith is the centerpiece of Mormonism. I don’t know the answer to that. But similarly, why would Christ “spring up” 1300 years after God revealed himself at Sinai?

          • I’d say Mormonism is centered around both. Though it displays an incorrect version of Christ. (This would take a long time to explain though. It’s quite complicated).

            As for Why would Christ “spring up” 1300 years after God revealed himself at Sinai?
            Christ is God. Fully man yet fully God. The reason for His coming was because mankind needed to be lifted out of its sin so that Man could have a relationship untarnished with God.

            Thus, you have the story of the Gospel. Man sinned. Christ came. Wrath of God unleashed on Christ Himself as blood was shed. Christ ascends. Man repents and turns from sin. Christ justifies Man before men. Men follow Christ with help of the Holy Spirit.

  2. Going out the gate…billover70 is married to Romans 10:9-10.
    Now, amazing it is that, assuming a Mormon received the nomination, a Christian leader would insinuate a preference for a candidate whose spiritual mentor is a known radical whose pliosophy is “gd America”,and the candidate was well aware of that more than a year before the last presidential election. If this is doubted, check the NY Times April 30, 2007.

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  4. I think the religious requirement is only used in Islamic states. We certainly don’t want to learn from them.

  5. When a person holds a higher belief, they have the ability to “check their ego” in making decisions. This is only true when one aspires to higher ideals and virtues and is willing to make a commitment to live them. Washington, Lincoln, Reagan and others had strong beliefs and high ideals they aspired to as President. This is what gave them the moral authority and true humility to be great leaders.
    Obama has claimed Islam and Christianity in different moments, but his actions have been disdainful of the Christian beliefs, the US and the White House. He has claimed the middle class, but he treats the unions, middle class and immigrants like sheep that he can lure into having the government be the higher authority; with himself as its fearless leader. All while his own lifestyle is exempt from the lives that he professes to identify with. It is in his actions as President and the way he has disrespected the checks and balances and his own position of power that I do not abide. This is the very heart of why the founding fathers set up the structure that we have and this Truth and structure will forever stand the test of time.
    There has been so much derision put out about different religions. It is not the religion but how people put it to use in their lives that separates us. Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King, Jr. all had different religions, but they aspired to live their truth and had great influence because they lived their words (in my opinion, this is the very definition of real leadership). It took nothing away from other religions; it is the commonality we all share. It is in identifying with the wholeness of the country and the learning step for its people. Obama would have us go back to early childhood where we are told what to believe and think and what we can have in this life. We are far past that. We are a country of maturing adults where it is our time to take personal responsibility and embrace our own potential — that is our true freedom.
    Obama got a pass in so many ways because of prejudice. This election has brought to our attention many hopeful future presidential candidates who are minorities by their color, but working towards the greatness in themselves. I will support them when the time comes because of what they believe and the way that they live the virtues and ideals they claim. Romney has been persecuted because of his Mormon beliefs, but when I see the man and his choices in life, I celebrate him. I see potential for Romney as a leader with the moral authority to cause positive change in a time when it is sorely needed.

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