I read an article yesterday on CNN.com about an undecided voter; an Evangelical Christian who will not be voting because Mitt Romney is not a Christian and he doesn’t like Obama’s policies. He says that if elected Romney would have a huge platform for his religion and that America has always been a Christian nation. You hear it all the time but it just isn’t true. The U.S. has always strived to be a nation of morals and ideals which has coincided with the majority’s Christian values but has never been a formally Christian nation. A wholly Christian nation; operating under the example of Christ wouldn’t be facing the issues we face today. Abortion, religious freedom, and homosexual marriage would never see the political arena. We wouldn’t have the death penalty and I’m pretty certain that dropping a nuclear bomb on innocent Japanese citizens wouldn’t have even been a possibility.
The First Amendment to our Constitution states it plainly enough: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…”Then there’s also Article 11 of the Treaty of Tripoli, ratified by the U.S. Senate in 1797 states ” As the government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion; as it has in itself no character of enmity against the laws, religion or tranquility of Musselmen….no pretext arising from religious opinions shall ever produce an interruption of the harmony existing between the two countries.”
While his religious background may form your personal opinion about a man it would be unconstitutional to bar him from an office on that basis. Article VI of the Constitution reads : “No religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust in the U.S.” An American born Muslim, Jew or Atheist can be the president. There is no Christian prerequisite. That being said it seems you’d be doing yourself and your fellow citizens a disservice by not voting for someone based on their religious affiliation. If an atheist candidate is a humanitarian pro-lifer, who pledges to protect the unborn, aid the sick and stand up for human rights in all stages of life wouldn’t it be your Christian duty to vote in an effort to preserve the sanctity of God’s most precious gift? The First Amendment would protect us from the candidate forcing his lack of beliefs on us just as it would protect us from Romney’s presidential “Mormon platform”. If a candidate’s plans, policies and ideas fall in line with my Christian values then I can pray for him to personally “see the light” while my vote is helping the country.
Though America is not a Christian nation we should live our lives and strive to be a nation full of good, active Christians. Vote your conscience. And if nothing else can we all agree on a suitable “write in”?