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Tuesday, November 13, 2007



I don't recall Jimmy carter having to separate his faith from his presidential decision making.

"Whatever one's religion in private life may be, for the office-holder, nothing takes precedence over his oath to uphold the Constitution and all its parts – including the First Amendment and the strict separation of church and state."-JFK

One wonders what exactly one's religion is for if it doesn't inform one's decisions, presidential or otherwise. Moreover, in declaring that any oath takes precedence over faith in Jesus Christ suggests strongly a faith that is only a matter of culture and convenience, another accusation often made against Catholics by Fundamentalists and Evangelicals, and seems to bear out the accusation of Reconstructionists against all of Christianity that the State has become God in violation of the first of the Ten Commandments.

I think that it is unreasonable to demand that JFK be anything other than a Catholic president, Carter anything but a Baptist president and Romney anything but a Mormon president. We only have to determine what that means in practical terms.


Interesting how this is playing out. Because I have no doubt that if Romney were a Baptist, those same critics would be seeking assurances that his faith WOULD play a large role in his presidency. For many of those folks, it just matters what religion you are as to whether it has to go on the back burner. Well ... I assume the fundamentalist pastor's wife has not read anything about the early Christian Church!


St. Thomas More pray for us:

Cardinal Wolsey: Explain how you as a counselor of England can obstruct these measures, for the sake of your own private conscience.

St. Thomas More: Well, I think that when statesmen forsake their own private conscience for the sake of their public duties, they lead their country by a short route to chaos.
And...we shall have my prayers to fall back on.

Cardinal Wolsey: Hhmmm, you'd like that wouldn't you, to govern a country with prayers.

St. Thomas More: Yes, I should.

(A Man From All Seasons)

A Mauldin

Let's see: being president or being faithful to God. JFK chose the former and next week, we will remember he lost his life to that job and may have lost his soul in the bargain.

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