Go To Church, Or Not, Your Choice, Then Shut Up Already
[Editor’s note: Contrary to the bleatings of the religious right and the pandering prattle of the hordes of hypocritical office seekers groveling for their votes I believe the problem is not a lack of religion but too damn much of it. Below is my response to Obama ‘Christian By Choice’: President Responds To Questioner at Huffington Post. Bob Higgins]
Obama’s religion, or lack of it, is of no interest to me whatsoever. If I had a choice in the matter, Presidents would attend to the constitution and refuse to address the subject of their personal religious views or preferences.
Article 6 of the Constitution unambiguously prohibits religious tests for holding public office:
“The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.” Article 6 – paragraph 3 – US Constitution
Presidents would better serve the document they are sworn to protect by avoiding as much as possible the public discussion of their religious views and stop trying to sooth the various factions, sects or cults for a few votes.
It’s a national embarrassment to watch intelligent and educated people attempt to pander to anti rational groups of magical thinkers with every ebb and flow of the tide of the religious right.
We look extremely silly in the eyes of the rest of the world trying to compromise with the creationists, the flat Earthers or the end of days crowd.
Presidents, if they wish, should simply attend the church of their choice, or no church at all, and then shut up about it, but I think that’s good advice in general.