reply to post by babloyi
Take all the time you want. I will always welcome a post from you, whenever it arrives. I only hope that I am able to treat it with the thoroughness
and respect you have earned. Know that I will always try.
As evidenced, part of the presidential (and I imagine state) elections involve both candidates trying to "out-religion" the other, showing
how much they believe in God, involving their ministers, etc.
I think that is unfortunate, but understandable for a couple of reasons. (Though
they may not be good reasons.) Politicians like to show people that they're "just like folks." Remember that the argument against Romney wasn't
based on his policies, but on the idea that he was so rich that he was "out of touch" with the voters. Remember also how quickly the White House
came out with a picture showing Obama firing a gun. That was to show he wasn't "out of touch." There are too many religious American voters for a
politician to brag that he isn't one of them.
A possible second reason is that if a candidate says he is completely wedded to his religious values, the population may think "Well, then, he
probably won't steal, lie, kill, covet, or any of the other bad things, whatever I think of his policies."
The idea that Obama might've been dishonest about his religion in an attempt to gain votes is at worst a ridiculous slur against him, and at
best an indication of the state of affairs, where a person's religion, rather than political stance, is what matters.
Dear babloyi, I'm
afraid I've confused you. In fact, I believe the problem is neither. Romney was clear that he was a Mormon from the start. He did take a little
heat for it (the "out of religious touch" idea), but no one seems to think it was crippling. Obama? In his writings and behavior he dropped
several clues that he had Muslim leanings, but he also said he was Christian. But he was the kind of Christian that spent decades at the Rev.
Wright's church, hating America. There is honest confusion about what he is. He created the impression of being "shifty" on the subject. Since
Nixon, that has been a bad thing.
Do you believe Obama is a secret muslim?
I honestly don't know. That in itself bothers me. I just don't have enough solid
information to know, so I've let that issue slip. Besides, there are other reasons to disapprove of him, if one is so inclined.
Do you believe a muslim, by virtue of being a good muslim, would somehow not fulfill the criteria you set out in your response, more so than a
Catholic or a Jew or a Hindu might not?
I'm sorry to sound repetitive, but again I don't know. I think Muslims are all over the map. Some
close to sainthood, others close to demonic monstrosities. Same with other religions, I suppose.
What I would worry about first is how does a candidate feel about the Constitution? What does Free Speech, and Freedom of Religion mean to him. Many
Muslims feel that those should not be controlling laws in any society. If he were to be one of those, I would oppose him because of his beliefs.