Presidential Candidates and Their Religious Liabilities Friday, May 7, 2008

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SOMETIMES IT MAKES ONE WONDER: “WITH ALL OF THE STUFF THE CANDIDATES HAVE TO FACE; WHY WOULD ANYONE WANT TO BE PRESIDENT?”

It seems as though “religion” is going to play a role in this forthcoming presidential race in the U.S. moreso than ever before. For instance, with John McCain; it is now being speculated that because of his “more” liberal views, the party is pushing for the more conservative Mitt Romney (a Mormon) to be his running mate. It’s too early to tell if that decision would be accepted by Evangelical, Pentecostal, Apostolic and other Christians. Most Christians don’t know much about the Mormons. Some think it’s a cult, which makes people uncertain of Mitt Romney.  Others just don’t know.  Certainly, the Republicans feel he’s a strength to the party.   It’s something to keep an eye on.   We like John McCain. There are other issues; but we won’t bring them up at this point because they aren’t personal and we believe they can be resolved.

Perhaps, Barack Obama has faced the greatest challenge regarding religious liabilities. It’s not that people have a problem with his being a faith person; it’s that they don’t trust his associations. It’s clear now that he has no choice but to sever ties with his Pastor Jeremiah Wright due to Pastor Wright’s insinuations that Barack was just posturing by publicly breaking ties with him; after he reportedly blasted America from the pulpit using God’s name in vain. We don’t blame Senator Obama. Even if the tape was spliced; was there a ventriloquist who said those famous words?


What the public didn’t realize is that Barack obviously had severed the ties (mentally) some time ago; but just didn’t make a lot of fanfare because he is a gentleman. We had hoped Pastor Wright would stay quiet and keep a low profile; but that wasn’t to be. Seems like most people can’t forsake national media attention. Will Barack Obama be able to handle the “potentially” controversial people who will seek to embrace him as the campaign drives on and maintain a balance? We think he will. Since we’re not political…we’ll just sit back on the sidelines and watch the game.

Oprah Winfrey has supported Senator Obama. The jury is still out on what type of backlash effect; her embrace of New Age ideology which clashes greatly with Christianity will have on her or even him. We like Barack Obama, but should this “simmering” controversy escalate… it’s going to be interesting.

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Regarding Senator Clinton; we thought it hilarious to hear her say: “she doesn’t wear her religion on her sleeves.” Was she downplaying God in an offhand way’ yet appeasing the media? That may play very well on “Meet With The Press”; but how will it play on Judgement Day? We love Bill Clinton; but will his “history” have any effect on her candidacy? Perhaps, the greatest test of their true moral stand will be the ability of the losing Democratic candidate to marshall their forces behind the other candidate. We like Hillary Clinton too. Unfortunately, not any more or any less than the other two candidates.

There has been some collateral damage for the Democrats…but Barack Obama and Hillary must be able to get past the outcome …and unify the party. Many are hoping that they won’t.

How will it play on the conscience of the more radical Christian right? It seems that Senator Clinton and maybe even the other two candidates will indeed have more than their share of religious liabilities and even more important…did they and do they have a planned strategy of conveying what they believe and how they will face any new potential religious liabilities? It’s fair to say that perhaps Hillary faces the least pressure in these matters at this point in time…but it’s not even the 7th inning stretch yet.

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