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Nov 29, 2007

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CM

Which is worse - A scary eyed nut waving his Bible around, CNN for selecting such a question, or a Presidential candidate treating the question seriously? "No religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States". U.S. Constitution, Article VI.

Bill Kennedy

Problem is, no candidate treated it seriously and the Baptist minister made a joke of it to avoid an answer. THAT'S the sorry state of the Republican Party candidates.

Norman Alston

That question gets at an issue that will be a big consideration for a lot of people this election, given the unusual diversity of the beliefs of the current candidates. The question as posed, however, is about as loaded a question as I can imagine, as is clearly indicated in some of the postings on CNN's blog. Say yes, and you may be represented as someone who supports stoning of people for infidelity, or similar. Say no, and it becomes clear to others that you're a godless heretic.

I'd actually like to know the role of their faith in there lives, but we're not going to find out this way. And no, that does not constitute a religious test.

Pete

It most certainly is a religious test, because the obvious implication is that someone who didn't profess some sort of faith would be considered unfit to be President. It's a slippery slope from requiring (even if it's unofficially) a profession of some sort of faith to requiring a profession of a specific faith or subset of that faith.

Take a look at what's happening right now in Sudan with the teacher who's students dared to name a stuffed bear with the same name as a HUGE percentage of the male population of the world. You think it can't happen here, or that Christians wouldn't do that sort of thing, but you're wrong.

Norman Alston

No, it is not. To determine and consider the qualities of candidates to elected office, including the beliefs and values that underly those qualities, is precisely the kind of freedom that the Constitution of the United States guarantees. To use an excerpt from the Constitution to suggest that exercising those freedoms is inappropriate or unconstitutional is painfully ironic.

I do indeed believe that incidents similar to the Sudanese bear can and have happened here, just not over religious beliefs. If Christians were prone to such reactions to a perceived insult, as suggested, there have been many, many potential provocations in the past, and far more offensive than a name given by children to a stuffed animal.

As always, reasonable minds can agree to disagree.

CM

"I do indeed believe that incidents similar to the Sudanese bear can and have happened here, just not over religious beliefs. If Christians were prone to such reactions to a perceived insult, as suggested, there have been many, many potential provocations in the past, and far more offensive than a name given by children to a stuffed animal."

See Eric Rudolph's web page. http://www.armyofgod.com/EricRudolphHomepage.html Eric only managed to blow up a few people over his Christianist beliefs.

Why don't we have a debate limited to just one topic-the candidate's interpretation of the Book of Revelations? That will tell us a lot about Iraq, health care, and the deficit.

For the ultimate vapid response ask any politician to explain "the role of faith in there (sic) lives"

Rick C.

Candidate's faith is a huge litmus test in my selection, and thanks to the Constitution, I can ask those questions and use their answers to guide my decision making process. The Constitutional phrase you bring up only qualifies them to be on the ballot, but it sure does not qualify them to get my vote. I use any criteria I see fit because the Constitution says I can.

Rick C.

Candidate's faith is a huge litmus test in my selection, and thanks to the Constitution, I can ask those questions and use their answers to guide my decision making process. The Constitutional phrase you bring up only qualifies them to be on the ballot, but it sure does not qualify them to get my vote. I use any criteria I see fit because the Constitution says I can.

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