Religion in the White House — The Sequel???

September 5, 2007 at 1:15 am 5 comments

I am a liberal democrat.  I believe in a woman’s right to choose.  I believe that all people, regardless of sexual orientation, deserve the right to marry.  I believe that we, as a 21st century society, need to be taking better care of those who cannot take care of themselves.  I believe that we should end our illegal occupation of Iraq.  And I believe that our forefathers were correct when they decreed that church and state should be kept seperate.  That is why the article “Hillary’s Prayer:  Hillary Clinton’s Religion and Politics” by Kathryn Joyce and Jeff Sharlet bothers me so much. 

 Currently, our administration has been hog-tied by a religious zealot who believes that God told him to invade Iraq.   Our country is in the worst shape it has been in years, possibly ever.   The last thing our country needs is another President who wants God to be their Vice-President.   We do not need “Bush 3:  The Clinton Years”.  That’s a sequel Hollywood couldn’t pay me to go see.

As I said earlier, I am a liberal democrat.  I support the democratic party, and I support the democratic candidates.  Do I have favorite candidates?  Yes.  If they don’t make it to the nomination will I still support the democratic candidate?  Yes.  Because for the most part I believe that the democratic candidates stand for the same values I hold dear.  I do, however, worry about the nomination of Hilary Clinton. 

Now before anyone starts wondering if I’m anti-woman President, let’s get one thing straight.  I am not against having a woman president.  Hell, when I was just a baby cactus my mother used to tell me I’d become the first female president.  Well that didn’t happen, but I’m all for someone blazing the estrogen trail to the White House.  My concern isn’t about a woman in the role, it’s more about who Hillary is, and if I want her to be the one to define a female presidency. 

Please, go out and read the article on MotherJones.com and come back and let me know what your thoughts are.  Do you see her religious faith as a bane or a boon for the White House and our nation?  Can she be counted on to listen to her “human advisors” and not just to her “spiritual ones”?

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  • 1. William  |  September 5, 2007 at 8:44 am

    I’ve always accepted as a given that democracies work only when the state itself is secular. People can believe what they like as private citizens, but as elected officials, they’re supposed to believe the Constitution, not the latest theo-political fashion promulgated by televangists. That’s the difference between a democracy like the United States and a theocracy like Saudi Arabia.

    And I’m sorry, but I’m deeply suspicious of “prayer warriors” and “prayer chains” and the people who rely on them. I’d prefer electing people who can think for themselves, thank you very much.

    I guess what I’m saying is that I agree with you!

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  • 2. Scott-O-Rama  |  September 7, 2007 at 10:07 am

    Do you think that possible she’s just talking about her religion in order to win over some Christian moderates?

    I think that it’s sad no Democrat (except maybe Kucinich) has the balls to say “My religion is not relevant to the job I would do as President as there is a separation of church and state in America, and I intend to keep it that way.”

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  • 3. Chris  |  September 14, 2007 at 3:40 am

    Wow! The article floored me. I too am deeply suspicious when I see the words “prayer warriors” and “prayer chains”. Our democracy cannot function correctly as a theocracy and I fear that we’re on the fast track to that. Regardless of whether or not she’s just fishing for christian moderates, I find the whole thing disturbing. I agree with Scott, I wish any of the Democrats would stand up and declare loud and proud that their religion or lack thereof is not relevant to the job application.

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  • 4. Cyrus  |  September 14, 2007 at 8:26 pm

    Wow, you didn’t waste any time “getting down to it” with this blog! If Hillary wins the democratic nomination, OF COURSE, I’ll be behind her 100%…but….I just feel, so deeply, that she’s just all political ambition and no genuine substance. She’s so politically savvy that I think it’s impossible to determine whether her Bible-talk has any real faith behind it, or if her attendance at these underground political prayer circles isn’t just part of her broader networking. I so dream of an Obama / Kucinich administration.

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  • 5. Corral for the week of 9/10-14 « My 2 Cents  |  September 14, 2007 at 10:40 pm

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