It’s always entertaining when a group of Democrat presidential hopefuls start talking about religion. An awkward and thick cloud just seems to descend around the audience. You just get the sense that they’re trying so hard not to look like they’re trying so hard to look like they know what they’re talking about. I can’t help but feel sorry for them in their awkwardness.
In their most recent debate, several of the candidates took the opportunity to discuss how faith impacted their lives. Hillary said it helped her cope with Bill’s adulterous behavior. Edwards referred to God as “the Lord”, and appeared to be feigning an air of familiarity with the Almighty. Obama seemed to be the only sincere one of the bunch. I have no doubts that man is deeply rooted in faith, even though much of his political policy may not reflect it.
I realize it may be presumptive of me to question someone’s faith, but I can’t help doing it when the only time they talk about faith is when they’re running for office. I mean, when has John Kerry ever talked openly about God other than the 2004 election? And I’m sure I don’t have to remind people how Edwards made his millions, but I will. He did it suing doctors, ruining lots of careers on very bad science and has not been even remotely remorseful about it. And then there’s the abortion issue. It’s difficult for me to understand how someone deeply rooted in faith can advocate the selfish slaughter of human fetuses for the sole purpose of maintaining the mother’s convenience. In my mind, someone like that is either immature in their faith, or has no faith at all.
As for Hillary? Well, the woman despises the military, seems to look unfavorably upon the stay-at-home mom, advocates for government control and socialism, is firmly pro-abortion, and is okay with destroying human life for the purpose of saving other human lives. Is any of that faith-based? Maybe I’m missing something.
Anyone can see this is a gimmick. After 204, it became a strategy of the Left, namely Howard Dean, to go after the "religious vote". What we see now is this strategy taking shape. I personally don't think it's working, but we'll see. I have to give Hillary credit. Somehow I knew she'd find a way to take advantage of Bill's infidelity.
So, I’m sure there’ll be more to come as the election draws nearer and the candidates all compete for the “faith vote”, and I’m certainly sure the entertainment factor will not wane.