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United States Constitution — Article VI:

"No religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States."

We Should Not Be Fooled Again…

Posted by: John Schroeder at 07:02 am, February 6th 2013     —    Comment on this post »

…he said paraphrasing Roger Daltrey and Pete Townsend.  That song phrase popped to mind when Instapundit linked to this Tweet and responses:

Every Republican media manager should take note of what BuzzFeed just did to Rubio. Fool me twice….

He is referring to a new deal at Buzzfeed called “Buzzfeed Brews” – the inaugural installation being Rubio with Ben Smith.

I think that tweet is good advise for more than just Republican media managers.  Those of religiously-motivated political action, which is something that Rubio might be considered, need to come up with some new media strategies – and fast.  Particularly as the battles regarding same-sex marriage, and other related issues move from red- to white- hot.  In the media, the die has successfully been cast that religiosity = bigotry and any discussion is going to begin with “Prove you are not a bigot.”

I have always found it instructive that Christ did not play Pontius Pilate’s game when on trial.  When Pilate asked him, “Are you King of the Jews?”  Christ simply responded, “So you say.”  Jesus refused to let the Roman prelate frame the discussion about who he was and what he was about.  Maybe Jesus was more media savvy than we realized.

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