Good Christian Equals Good President?
Published: Sunday, March 18, 2012
Updated: Sunday, March 18, 2012 13:03
Part of what makes America so great is our right to religious freedom. Citizens have the right to be apart of, or refrain from, any religion they want. To help guarantee this freedom a separation from church and state was established, but apparently someone forgot to inform the remaining GOP candidates vying for a presidential nomination.
We are facing an election where a candidate’s faith is more important than the issues he stands for. A candidate’s religion should not be the first thing a potential voter knows about the candidate. The fact that Rick Santorum is Catholic or Mitt Romney is Mormon should have no bearing on either man’s ability to run a nation, but for both men, their faith is deeply embedded in their stance on issues.
In an interview with CNN’s Piers Morgan, Santorum said that women who are raped should consider their pregnancies a “gift” from God, despite the circumstances and should “make the best out of a bad situation.” Romney spoke of his plan to “get rid of” Planned Parenthood, the nation's leading sexual and
reproductive health care provider and advocate, in an interview with a Missouri television station.
I find fault in the fact that candidates are using their beliefs as moral compasses, and marketing them as Christian beliefs. According to the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life, 78.4 percent of adult Americans are Christian, but just because the majority of Americans are Christian does not mean all share the views of these candidates. It is almost like as a backlash to the social strides of Obama, GOP hopefuls are trying to keep their policies as conservative and faith based as possible.
In a survey done by Public Policy Polling, a majority of Mississippi and Alabama voters believe that Obama is Muslim. President Obama has continually stated that he his Christian, but even if he was Muslim, why would that be an issue? Last time I checked, the qualifications for being president did not include a religious affiliation. Christianity has become a marketing tool by candidates. Faith should be in the practitioner, not his policies.