Sunday, August 22, 2010

The Full Grayson on the President's Religion

On the Stephanie Miller program of August 18, 2010, Representative Alan Grayson in response to the question of “Anchor babies” stated, “I don’t know, and I don’t care.” Thinking about the latest bit of nonsense stirred up of whether the President was some kind of “secret Muslim,” this meme seems just about perfect.

It is the response exactly required by Article VI Section 3 of the Constitution which states:

The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States. (Emphasis added)

The President’s religion is absolutely not germane to the subject of his leadership, or his fitness to lead. The President could change his religious outlook more frequently than his underwear.  As long as the underwear gets changed every day, we should be content.

That the President has clearly identified as a Christian, and on multiple occasions, is a subject that should not even be broached. The man could be a committed Zoroastrian, or a Buddhist, a Sikh, a Hindu or yes even a Muslim; it matters not a whit.  Even if Franklin Graham is correct, and the dread Islamic faith is passed genetically from father to son like Hemophilia, it is of no concern to us, the unwashed masses.

The President is the Commander in Chief, not as in Ancient Egypt and Rome, the head of the state religion. He is not pastor in chief. Let’s get serious here, if you are looking for spiritual leadership from a long-time political operator like Barack Obama, or any other national political figure, you are way off target.

What is the faith of Barack Obama? I don’t know, and I don’t care. I’m invoking the full Grayson.

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