The President's health care proposal and Romney. While that may be Romney's keystone acheivement as MA Gov, I think he is running for President on a whole lot more. I also find it a bit disturbing that in the middle of the discussion on it, reporters have to ask The Question. Talk about a non-sequitur! At some point it ceases to be a question and becomes a hammer.
John Derbyshire makes some interesting church/state comments based on this story out of the UK. I am not sure Derbyshire is right that it is a "lesser" evil. But what is truly fascinating is that it is about the Roman Catholic and Anglican churches working together on legislation in the UK. A common enemy makes allies of those that might otherwise be at odds. Kind of like Mormons and creedal Christians, I'm thinking.
As the presidential campaign begins to take shape, do you think it is appropriate and or important for the candidates to express their personal religious views and to use religious rhetoric? Why?
Check back over the next week or so as the answers continue to come in there. Two of note at the moment are creedal Christian Cal Thomas:
If a candidate's faith is important, that person should say how it affects his or her perception of public policy. Otherwise, it might be interesting, but is of little political importance.
The American people seem to want their presidents to share their values, and they believe religious beliefs are relevant to those values. Where the American public becomes uncomfortable is when a candidate or president goes beyond those generalized values and begins talking about their personal religious beliefs in a way that sounds like advocacy.
Sounds like Mormons and creedals have very similar views on this question. Which means, essentially, we should be able to vote for each other.
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