The Faith Factor: Spotlight On Presidential Candidates’ Beliefs Heats Up

Whatever happened to the ol’ “don’t mix politics with religion” philosophy? Guess the line in the sand is being made clearer and clearer each day…and I believe that is a good thing!

Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. For it is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret. But everything exposed by the light becomes visible, for it is light that makes everything visible…
– Ephesians 5:11-13

This from The Washington Times:

Candidates invite questions about their faith

By STEPHEN DINAN

Sen. John McCain’s announcement this weekend that he’s been a practicing Baptist rather than an Episcopalian for the last 15 years may not garner any extra votes, but it’s certain to win him and his presidential campaign plenty of scrutiny.

As personal as religion is, it is also a staple of political campaigns — and this year more than ever, with Democrats seeking the “values voters” that helped Republicans in 2004, a Mormon candidate running on the Republican side and Republican Fred Thompson telling reporters last week he’s not a regular churchgoer and doesn’t plan to talk about religion on the stump.

“The volume of discussion about religion is much higher here in the 2008 cycle,” said John C. Green, senior fellow in religion and American politics at the Pew Forum for Religion & Public Life, adding it’s particularly acute on the Republican side. “Some of the candidates don’t fit with the conservative Christian voting bloc comfortably, and that requires a lot of discussion.”

Yesterday, facing fire from some who say he appeared to be “pandering” for votes in South Carolina, Mr. McCain said his specific denomination isn’t important — “The most important thing is that I am a Christian,” he said.

Read Full Story/The Washington Times

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