Monday, February 04, 2008

Dog Bites Man, Or: Why Evangelicals Must Preserve Their Political Influence By Voting for . . . The Mormon

My blogging partner at Article VI Blog, John Schroeder, has written an important post about why he, as an Evangelical Christian, has now come out for Mitt Romney. On the eve of Super Tuesday, I hope as many Evangelicals as possible read John's post, "What Is At Stake."

John's thesis:
"The conservative voice in the Republican party is at stake - everybody agrees on that, and Evangelicals are the energy, motivator, and banner carrier for that voice. . . . The current electoral calculus is such that a vote for Mitt Romney is the only way to preserve that voice."
Read the whole thing.


Blogger Jessica said...

You know, good for John because he is actually informed about the issues and judging the candidates on their qualifications and skills-not their religion.

Article VI says that no religious test will ever be required to run for office, but at times during this 2008 election I have been taken back by the questions candidates have been asked. Do you believe in every word of the bible, do you believe in Jesus Christ, what is your allegiance to the head of your church, etc? In a way, aren't these religious tests. At times I have wondered, “Are we voting for a pastor of some church, or for the President of the United States of America?”

I do not expect anyone to take religion out of the equation. But it is not unreasonable to ask, or rather, expect people to vote on the issues, to take a person’s religion for what it is and recognize that they are electing the leader of this country—someone who will serve a nation of many different faiths. Someone who will become “The President of all Americans.”

We can only the nation as a whole will study out the issues and keep things in the proper perspective.

There is an independent film that just came out titled: "Article VI: Faith. Politics. America." The film was directed by Bryan Hall and Jack Donaldson. It is an intense discussion of the role of faith in politics. The title is taken from Article Six of the United States Constitution: "no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States." I not only found this film very thought provoking, but I enjoyed how it did not seek to answer questions, rather it simply raised them.

If you haven't seen the trailer I suggest you check it out:

Tuesday, February 05, 2008 1:17:00 PM  

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