Wednesday, September 14, 2011

A President's Faith: Does It Matter?

While 56% of the public says it matters---the press and the activist left have multiple answers, depending on the candidate.

Democrat and Republican citizens agree, according to a new survey, that they want a president who believes in God. Forget the press and the secular lefties.

A study by Public Religion Research Institute has found that over 70% of Republicans and over 50% of Democrats want a president who has strong religious beliefs.

While activist atheist and progressive liberal groups join the complicit media in attempting to marginalize and often mock religious, particularly Christian beliefs, the public isn't buying it.

A recent Rasmuessen Poll found 73% of Americans believe the media is more interested in creating controversy than actually helping people discover what candidates believe.

The PRRI study found that 56% say it is important to very important for them to know what a candidate believes, even if they hold a different belief.

Oh, my. Do you remember?

It was only a year ago that the Washington Post's "On Faith" blog was telling Americans that they care too much about faith, when they were asking about President Obama's faith, religious practices and why he didn't attend church regularly.

They, of course, quoted their favorite verse from the Constitution: "No religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States." (Art. VI, sect. 3)

And only three years ago the press was giving cover to candidate Obama for his 20 years of sitting under the hate, racist and anti American teaching of Rev. Wright.

Now the media is driving the "faith" talk.

From Michele Bachmann's biblical belief regarding her relationship with her husband, to her husband's biblical belief regarding personal restoration and deliverance from the homosexual lifestyle, to Rick Perry's prayer meeting, to Mitt Romney's Mormonism, they are getting to the bottom of it all. With more to come.

Fortunately, 3 out of 4 Americans see their hypocrisy.

Just last year, the Seattle Times Editorial Board, demonstrated that same hypocrisy, while stating that John Koster was highly qualified to represent the second Congressional District, they could not endorse him because of his personal religious---pro-life, pro-marriage, beliefs.

What was that about "no religious test shall ever....."? Evidently, the press has concluded that the "test" ban only applies to not voting for an atheist, secularist, Muslim, etc., but has no applicable or binding value for not voting for someone because they hold Christian values and beliefs.

The public gets it. The press charges forward with their agenda, carrying a large pink banner that reads, "Unbiased," while thinking they are doing harm to conservative candidates of faith. The public is observing with sincere interest in what the candidates believes, understanding the media has a very different motive.

Bill Keller, with the New York Times, silent during the "Obama goes to Rev. Wright's church" discussion, has now created a faith questionnaire for Republican candidates to fill out.

Relativism provides the opportunity to hold multiple beliefs for multiple occasions. And remain true to your beliefs, whatever they may be at any given moment. That sure takes the pressure off doesn't it? You can believe in abortion and the sanctity life simultaneously. You can believe in the Bible, celebrate homosexuality, while eliminating all the bothersome teachings about it.

Rachel Zoll, with Associated Press wrote an article the other day about all this titled, "Theology A Hot Issue In 2012 GOP Campaign." Indeed it is, for a variety of reasons.

Kathleen Flake, who specializes in American religious history at Vanderbilt University says, "The voting public no longer believes, as they did as late as the 1950s, that religion was about what you thought and not what you did."

Surprise. There are those among us, as far back as the early Christian Apostles, Martin Luther, Wesley, Calvin, many of our Founding Fathers and millions of evangelicals who have understood that our personal faith drives our actions and conduct. Therefore, it is important.

Kathleen Flake tells Zoll, "For the first time, we're not only interested in whether someone is religious, which is essentially a question of, 'Do you have a morality that the voter can identity with?' It appears that there's a significant portion of the electorate that's interested in what the particular theology of a candidate is. Do they believe in Jesus? If so, what kind of Jesus do you believe in?"

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3 comments:

  1. I am Mormon. The reaction of the Christian community to the building of the Islamic information center was not a pretty sight to me. Hatred , fear
    and disrespect for other beliefs
    is not a Christian value.


    The opening of a Christian church to
    a Islamic congregation was beautiful
    and this is what I want in a president
    ,respect for other beliefs, Christian and non Christian . Not a us them attitude.




    The 911 terrorists attack does not equate Islam to terrorism because the terrorist were Muslim any more than than the bombing of a woman's health clinic equate Christianity to terrorism
    because the bomber was a Christian.

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  2. Ralph, can you think of a time when the reverse was true? When a mosque was opened to a Christian or a Jew? Never happen. They smile and lie to the useful idiots and spit into the faces of the infidels. Mimi from MA

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  3. Raplh you are naive to think the Muslim religion is not having a serious problem with in its ranks coming into this century . There are elements of the Muslim religious text that show contempt for those who will not submit to the Muslim Faith .

    If the Christian Crusades were going on today , would you defend them as having nothing to do with Christianity . Of course they did , and of course it was a mistake . At least in the Crusades the folks were not quoting Christ as they murdered innocents . The followers who have hi jacked the Muslim faith unfortunately can actually quote Muhammad into battle . To suggest the 9/11 attacks had nothing to do with the Muslim religion is ignorance .

    I am hoping the next president is a Mormon by the way . If a Muslim had that republicans same views I would vote for the Muslim . Read the media and listen to it without the censorship we often get from the Middle East . Thiose pictures of people celebrating 9/11 in the Middle east was not a strange occurance . They are taught to believe that certain people and other religions are evil . The Middle East media promotes that the Halocaust was made up mostly , in some cases allows cartons that show Jews as deserving of death . I also will point out many Muslims have walked with their fellow Christians in parts of the Middle east to insure their safety when going to church in certain regions . Its a beautiful thing when people of different faiths reach out to each other .

    What a shame when it was found out by those who supported the Mosque thatso many relatives of the murderous 9/11 attacks felt hurt when a Mosque was being planned in the same building one of the wheels from the jet Plane had hit .

    And yes it may have had some political BS behind the mosque attacks . But Instead of Hallowed ground , it gave the appearance right or wrong of a victory dance by many people who had lost loved ones . . At that time it would have been wise just to back down if the REAL reason was to mend wounds . You think the Mosque promoters were really concerned about mending wounds ??

    Unfortunately when we are talking about mending wounds and tolerance , it apears you have to have a spin that makes you more tolerant and kinder , yet your so good at making sure any one who disagrees is on the side of hatred .

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