Monday, March 03, 2008

A Politician's Church Is Fair-Game?

The press did a job on Romney regarding his religion. In general, Mormon's welcome those interested in better understanding our faith and doctrines. More often than not, the press tries to pick holes in it, going back to the 19th century for the dirt.

When Barack Obama's religion is questioned, he merely says he is Christian, that he prays to Jesus. (Doctrinal clarification and perhaps a reason for anti-Mormon Christian claims: Mormons pray to God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Jesus Christ.)

Many, due to his name, think he is Muslim. Despite his father's and step-father's Muslim roots, there is no evidence that Obama is Muslim. Interesting, according to Muslim tradition, if he was a Muslim by " birth," he's still a Muslim. I wonder if he could get into Mecca? If he denounces his Islamic roots and professes Christianity, does he warrant stoning or some Koranic punishment?

We have to take him at his word: he's Christian. As such, the church he attends should be fair game from a questioning and critique perspective.

He attends the Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago. This Church is
a congregation which is Unashamedly Black and Unapologetically Christian... Our roots in the Black religious experience and tradition are deep, lasting and permanent. We are an African people, and remain "true to our native land," the mother continent, the cradle of civilization.
Is this a racist Church? Do we want a president that is associated with a religious organization that focuses on racial inequality, Africa, black culture, liberation and restoration? Is he color blind (his Church certainly is not)?

If it was okay to scrutinize Romney and the LDS Church, it is okay to do the same with Obama and Trinity United.

However, no candidate's religion should come up as a "qualification," per our Constitution (Article VI)
but no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States

1 comment:

Jeff said...

Friends,

It has become clear that the IRS complaint against the United Church of Christ is the work of a a very evil person, James Hutchens. I urge you not to go to the website the same way I would encourage anyone I care about not to dive into a pool of liquid fertilizer. However, a link to a pdf file containing the original IRS complaint that was filed back in August appears on the website’s front page!

For the sake of truth and justice, I would encourage you to forward this to three to five people. The truth needs to get out there.

Thanks,

Jeff Johnston
Community United Church-Christ
www.mortoncommunityucc.org