Wednesday, March 7, 2012

The Secular Vote

President Obama is a Christian, but he should have a lock on the secular vote. Here's a scorecard of Obama and the past and current Republican candidates regarding their relative secular values:

Source: Secular Coalition for America (www.secular.org).

Noteworthy here is that Mitt Romney scores an "A" in the "God, Faith & Governance" category. The Secular Coalition for America describes that category as having to do with how much a candidate attributes their political motivations to a deity or supernatural entity. Romney apparently told Piers Morgan in June 2011 the following:

I separate quite distinctly matters of personal faith from the leadership one has in a political sense. […] You don’t begin to apply the doctrines of a religion to the responsibilities for guiding a nation or guiding a state. […] I’m not a spokesman for my church, and one thing I am not going to do in running for president is become a spokesman for my church or apply a religious test which is simply forbidden by the Constitution. I’m not going there. [more]

Credit where credit is due: Three cheers for the man I have previously dismissed as a greedy sleaze! Obama, on the other hand, says he prays "all the time," precisely because he has "a lot of stuff" on his plate. So, he gets a "C" in that category. Overall, however, Obama has the best average score of all of them, except maybe Huntsman.

An instructive side note: Two years ago, when Obama felt it necessary to "spontaneously" talk about his faith at a backyard meet-and-greet, I had serious doubts about the orthodoxy of his Christian proclamations. He talked about following the "precepts of Jesus Christ," a position I actually think is quite laudable. I wish more Christians did follow the "precepts" and not the accretions of dogma that have confused the original, basic message of "love thy neighbor" that Jesus preached.

The Secular Coalition for America, by the way, is a lobby group for humanists, atheists, and agnostics, or what Republicans erroneously believe is the base of Democratic Party, along with gays and communists.

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