Lots of questions of faith and politics swirling around these days…
Most prominently, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s support of abortion rights is finding critics in his Catholic Church, as the NYT details today (LINK)…
The subject came within the context of the campaigns of Giuliani, Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz, and Sam Brownback, R-Kansas, apologizing to Romney for various activities their staffers did that were seen as denigrating to Mormonism.
I noted that at the same time Romney is opening the door to some of this himself. As I’ve previously blogged about (LINK), Romney has seemingy tried to fuzz the differences between his faith and those more traditionaly Christian beliefs, especially pertaining to whether he believes Jesus will come to Jackson County, Missouri.
He’s a man of faith who campaigns as a man of faith, so I do not believe asking what is in his faith is bigotry.
In the same way it’s fair to ask Sen. Joe Lieberman, Ind-Conn., why the Georgetown synaogogue he prays in separates women from men and gives the women worse seats. Or whether or not George W. Bush looks at the conflict in the Middle East with any input from the Book of Revelation.
We are a nation that has faith. Probably so much so that no self-proclaimed atheist or agnostic could get elected president. So why are we theologically afraid to delve deeper than general outlines? If Mitt Romney believes that when a man (not a woman) dies, he gets his own planet and becomes a God, why am I not allowed to ask him about that?
There’s a big difference between asking the questions and making derogatory judgments.
What do you think?