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Monday, October 8, 2007

Religion: A Qualification for U.S. President

Religion may not be a listed in the Constitution of the United States as a qualification for President of the United States of America, but apparently many Americans have a closely held belief that religion should be a qualification to be President, specifically the Christian religion.
It just seems to me that religion has permeated the news media in reporting United States Presidential politics. I, myself, have commented on religion and politics a couple times here at Roland Hansen Commentary, but I did not know I was part of a trend. How avant-garde of me!
You may ask “Trend?” and I so respond “Trend.”
Here is the latest that I have read in regards to the attention that the “importance” of religion has been getting in the national political arena: Read the commentary entitled "Consultant's 'tough sell' is to spotlight Hillary's faith" by David Yonke, religion editor for the Toledo, Ohio daily newspaper The Blade.
The bulk of American people have truly demonstrated hypocrisy of the utmost kind. On the one hand, Americans seem distressed that many Middle East countries are considered to be geo-political Muslim States. Many Americans cry for a separation of those countries’ political and religious factions and call for freedom of religion in those countries. On the other hand, many but not all of these same people inject their own religious beliefs onto the American political scene and government asserting that the United States of America is a Christian country founded on Christian beliefs by the Christian founders of our country and that we should have a Christian President.
It may seem to the defensive people out there that I am harping on something that they consider insignificant or that I am sacrilegious. Fine. Go ahead and feel that way. Stick your head in the sand. Go ahead; continue to criticize Muslims of the Mid East and Far East, and continue to criticize the Jews of Israel, and continue to criticize the atheist governments of other countries. Look in the mirror and tell yourself that you are right and anyone who differs with you is all wrong. After all, it’s the “Christian thing” to do ---- NOT! The United States of America is not a theocracy.

5 comments:

Hooda Thunkit said...

If America was a theocracy, it would be tolerant of only ONE religion.

Thankfully, it's not.

Roland Hansen said...

I concur with Hooda Thunkit. HT is one of the most deep thinking bloggers I have come across. Thankfully, the USA is not a theocracy.
Hopefully, the folks who think their religion is the only religion for everyone in the USA will never be successful in their attempts to convert our republican form of government into a theocracy as they would wish to do.
Let's agree to disagree when differences occur, but let's also all work together to preserve this great country of ours.

Lisa Renee said...

There was a really interesting article in USA Today that polled youth that pointed out a good majority of them find those who claim to be Christians judgmental, hypocritical and anti-gay.

Roland Hansen said...

LisaRenee, it's too bad that the vast majority of those whom you reference do not vote.
According to numerous political science studies that have been conducted over the years, it has been shown that persons under the age of 26 have the poorest voter turnout of any group.

Judy said...

I can agree to disagree about the differences that often abound. It makes me wonder about so called religious folks who backstab those closest to them.