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Heavy-Handed Politics

"€œGod willing, with the force of God behind it, we shall soon experience a world
without the United States and Zionism."€ -- Iran President Ahmadi-Nejad

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Let's Be Clear About Faith and Politics

By Albert Mohler

Just how much should we know about the religious beliefs of political candidates? Most claim a fervent and vibrant faith, but few are very forthcoming about how their faith influences their politics.

Michael Kinsley thinks this is a bad idea, and so do I. If a candidate truly holds deep beliefs, those beliefs will inevitably influence political decisions. Kinsley is a man of the Left--a liberal who wants no more examples like former New York Governor Mario Cuomo, who claimed to agree with his own Roman Catholic Church that abortion is murder, but also claimed that as New York's governor he was committed to a woman's right to choose. He cannot actually believe both of these things at once. Murder cannot be left as a choice.

Religious issues are always a part of politics, and it could not be otherwise. We all hold to systems of belief, and these are part of who we are and how any of us would govern. Just tell us how, candidates.


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