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Your God Is Not My God: Appropriate Politics? [Poll]

Santorum questions Obama’s religion in a disagreement over environmental issue.

 

Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum made headlines this week after accusing President Obama of following a phony theology. His comments, he said later, were based on what he perceived as Obama’s radical environmentalism.

“It’s about some phony idea, some phony theology,” Santorum told a Tea Party crowd in Ohio on Feb. 18. “Oh, not a theology based on the Bible. A different theology.”

A day later, Santorum explained his comments by saying, “I was talking about the radical environmentalists,” he told reporter Bob Schieffer, according to The Huffington Post. "I believe the president's Christian — he says he's Christian," Santorum said.

Despite the clarification, the issue continues to make news.

Robert Gibbs, an adviser for Obama’s re-election campaign, said Santorum went “well over the line." It is time, Gibbs said, “to get rid of this mindset in our politics that, if we disagree, we have to question character and faith.”

In today’s poll, we want to know if you think Rick Santorum crossed the line in questioning the president’s religion.

John Laurence February 25, 2012 at 10:27 AM
I believe the question is whether or not it is approproiate to question the president's theology. It seems to me that if the president's viewpoint on theology is NOT questioned, then we cannot know a lot about his moral fiber/character...which of course, is a very necessary evaluation prior to electing him (or after) in this case. For example: If the president cannot see that life begins at conception and these children have a right to live, then this is VERY IMPORTANT criteria for his reelection.
Andy Koenigsberg February 25, 2012 at 04:17 PM
So a person cannot be moral without being religious? This discussion is starting to remind me of the story about "Hell explained by a chemistry student" which goes in part: "Most of these religions state that if you are not a member of their religion, you will go to Hell. Since there is more than one of these religions and since people do not belong to more than one religion, we can project that all souls go to Hell." I also find the slogan relevant that states: "Going to church every sunday does not make you a Christian any more than standing in a garage makes you a car." In short, I fundamentally disagree with you that one's religion provides any insight into their moral character. It is their actions that count. People like Santorum believe that the right to life begins at conception and ends at birth. He is for the death penalty - albeit in a limited sense, which is against the teachings of the Catholic Church. Does one's religious convictions provide insights into one's moral character? I don't think so.
Andy Koenigsberg February 25, 2012 at 04:20 PM
The worst government is often the most moral. One composed of cynics is often very tolerant and humane. But when the fanatics get on top there is no limit to oppression. - H.L. Mencken
John Laurence February 25, 2012 at 08:04 PM
Every human being has the moral 'law' written in their hearts, whether they believe in God or not. The bible itself reveals this truth. The purpose of religion is to fortify one's personal battle between good and evil. Civilisations come and go. Empires rise and fall. This life is very short, given the eternal life that awaits all people. The important factor is to prepare ourselves for the next world while living in this one. We all have a moral obligation to elect officials that will represent our values. We cannot know the candidate well enough unless we peer into his/her religious beliefs and/or whether they even have any...amongst the other beliefs/philosophies they live by. The question of this poll was whether questioning Obama's theology was appropriate. To that end, I think it is absolutely appropriate. Like I said earlier: "Santorum is NOT White House material". No Catholic should be in the White House. Biden misrepresents Catholicism. The only true value and purpose for Catholics is to lose their lives for the sake of the truth. (Persecution is on the horizon for all true Catholics). Therefore they should refrain from political office!
JB February 25, 2012 at 10:57 PM
Wasn’t it Constantine? The emperor who used Christianity to empower his government throughout the Roman Empire. Constantine selected the four canonical gospels (from many) to organize and thus, define Christianity. All other gospels were to be destroyed and those that did not fall in line where not treated nicely.

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