Let's Look at Candidates' Track Records -- Not Their Church Records

bibleSo an evangelical Christian (Rick Perry), a Mormon (Mitt Romney), a Catholic (Rick Santorum), and a Lutheran Baptist another Catholic (Newt Gingrich) walked into a presidential race, and suddenly the media can’t stop talking about their religious beliefs.

Where was all of this interest in candidates’ religious practices back in 2008, when a certain front-runner had, for 20 years, sat in the pew listening to a pastor call upon God to damn America, and spew truther drivel that we had brought the 9/11 terrorist attacks upon ourselves? Surely that would’ve been worth investigating ...

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As long as a candidate’s religion doesn’t involve dancing naked in the light of a full moon while burning sage and banging on drums, I don’t need to know about it. And if that were the case, I’d only need to know because I think it would be hilarious, not because it would necessarily have anything to do with their ability to fulfill the duties of the presidency.

Freedom of religion, baby.

Any particular candidate can worship the deity of their choice and be an effective leader. It’s the president’s job to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States, and last time I checked, the First Amendment guaranteed freedom of religion. As long as a president’s religion doesn’t come between the office and the Constitution, why does it matter? 

A man might toil for God, but the president works for the people. He doesn’t need to be of a particular faith or an atheist to cut wasteful spending, repeal Obamacare, and inspire confidence in business owners to start hiring again. Christianity of any denomination will not prevent a president from asserting that social issues like gay marriage should be left up to the states to decide individually.

When it comes time to choose a candidate for the general election, look at their track records, not their church records. How many times did they vote to increase spending? Did the unemployment rate rise or fall under their leadership? Have they ever gone back on their word, and if they did, why? 

That’s what’s important, not where they spend their Sunday mornings.

This post is part of a weekly conversation with our 5 Moms Matter 2012 political bloggers. Read the original question and find links to all their responses here: Does a Candidate's Religion Matter?


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