Tuesday, March 06, 2007

A Mormon in the Whitehouse?

Q Hugh Hewitt | Christianity Today | A Magazine of Evangelical Conviction

Why shouldn't Christians oppose Mitt Romney because of his Mormonism?

Because the civic religion in America is founded very much on the Constitution's Article Six premise that there is no religious test. That was to act as a formal impediment to state action and to foster an attitude of Americans—that we love religious liberty, that we are defenders of religious tolerance.

Would any theological beliefs be disqualifying?

Not a theological belief. But if a theological belief resulted in a political position, it could. For example, if a Raelian believed that we needed to embrace cloning, I would say, "I can't vote for you because you're in favor of cloning."

Agree or disagree? I tend to agree because I came to the conclusion a long time ago that the political processes of Democracy are fundamentally about compromise. The process of faith is fundamentally about faithfulness. It's not that the two are mutually exclusive, its just that one involves excellence, the other tolerance.

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