Don’t ask politicians to set aside values
In a recent Times Argus editorial, the editor proclaims, “It is well and good for Santorum to hold conservative Catholic beliefs. Freedom of religion extends to everyone …” However, because Rick Santorum is a political candidate, it is assumed by the editor that he must leave his core values and only embrace secular values. If he doesn’t, the editor believes he would be imposing his religion on the rest of us.
How can anyone, conservative or liberal, religious or nonreligious, set aside their core values? Isn’t it far more disingenuous for a politician to hide those values, only to be guided by them after they have been elected? I would hope that we knew what they believed before we choose to vote or not vote for them. President Obama, who professes Christianity, recently said at the National Prayer Breakfast in our national Capitol, “it is the biblical injunction to serve the least of these that keeps me going and keeps me from being overwhelmed.” He continued by saying, “My Christian faith has been sustaining for me over the last couple of years and even more so when Michelle and I hear our faith questioned from time to time.
“We are reminded that ultimately what matters is not what other people say about us but that we are true to our conscience and true to our God.”
Obama said later, “And when I go to bed at night, I wait on the Lord and I ask him to forgive me my sins and to look after my family and to make me an instrument of the Lord.” I agree with the president, that what is important is that any of us are true to our conscience and true to our God. (Quotes taken from CNN Belief blog co-editor Dan Gilgoff.)
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