JEFFREY FULMER: Religion unacceptable as test for office
Since President Obama was elected president in 2008, periodic letters have come from Vera Mock who always questions whether he is a Christian or not. She wants “God’s man” in office apparently, and that’s what some people called G.W. Bush.
Yet, religion is not in the U.S. Constitution. Refer to Article VI, paragraph 3: “… but no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.”
Furthermore, Amendment One of the U.S. Constitution: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof .”
The Huffington Post Sunday Magazine (July 13) says, “White House officials said all of the excitement and scrutiny makes attending one church with any regularity difficult for the Obamas. … In lieu of church membership, the family makes the occasional appearance at a number of historic local churches in Washington, DC, or they attend Evergreen Chapel, the church at Camp David.”
“President Obama is a committed Christian,” said Joshua DuBois, of the White House’s Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, “and observing and deepening his faith is important to him.”
Vera Mock’s letters attack President Obama without giving any specifics about this “wrong direction” she is talking about. Some people seem to think President Obama is of the devil. Well, the Holy Bible says, “By their fruits ye shall know them.”
What is the “fruit” of Barack Obama? Preventing a depression, saving the auto industry, extending unemployment benefits, killing Osama bin Laden, health care, programs to help the poor — as Jesus instructed.
I won’t judge G.W. Bush’s Christianity (nor should Vera Mock judge Barack Obama’s), but I will tell you the “fruits” of the Bush years: an illegal war, enough lives lost to fill Yankee Stadium three times, tax cuts for the rich, a collapsed economy, America disgraced abroad as an aggressor.
Whether either of these men is a Christian or not does not matter! Religion was omitted by the Founding Fathers for a good reason: More atrocities have been committed in the name of religion than any other reason. Our diversity makes us great. It always has and always will — unless people require the “religion test” the forefathers did not want.