Code Word “Christian”
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
In polite company, so the saying goes, refrain from speaking about
religion and politics. & The two subjects tend to roil deep ideological
divides between friends and peers where none were apparent. & In the
interest of political conversation, however, perhaps discussing the two topics
is a worthier pursuit than silence, especially when contemplating a candidate's
Does the role of religion in a politician's private life transmute into a dangerous public weapon used against his or her opponents? Or does the candidate's religion materialize into a useful tool with which to frame issues of morality, ethics, values, and judgment? &
Alternately, may a modern politician publicly avoid discussing his or her religion without engendering the mistrust of voters? &
His premise at the outset of the forum is that "faith is a worldview." & I think by "faith" Pastor Warren means "Christian faith" and by "worldview" he may mean something closer to an all encompassing mission. & The self-proclaimed "values-voters" (a moniker I only use as shorthand reference, wishing it were something else) often is a one-issue voter. & Want to guess what that one issue tends to be? & The big issue probably does not need to be spelled out, but it has to do with sexuality, as do so many other socially conservative issues. &
So, does a modern presidential candidate hurt his chances of election by emphasizing a worldview that does not include his or her "faith," and more specifically, his or her Christian faith? &
Can there be an agnostic or atheist, or Jewish, president of the future United States? & Or have voters created the need for this type of forum because Christianity is the perennial elephant in the room, so to speak? &
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