I watched a complete hour of NBC's "Rock Center" that explained to the viewers the Mormon Church. Of course, it was the "Cliff Notes” version. It focused on how many successful entrepreneurs and Fortune Five companies had Mormon’s as their top management. It highlighted the industrious nature of its members. It let you know that this most successful American religion settled in Utah because of persecution. At that time, its members wanted to live outside of the United States. In choosing a land far from others, its members became the example of self-sufficiency and good works.
The network made it very clear that they were covering this subject about this religious group (whose membership in the U.S. consists of 1.8% of the American population) to help viewers better understand the religious belief system of the man who currently is running for President of the United States. Now read that sentence again. I ask you WHY? Is this a precedent for all future candidates for political office? WHY? What have we become as a nation that we are measuring our candidates by one aspect of their life. Yet, this broad stroke of a television show never spoke about the presidential candidate nor did the candidate speak about his religious beliefs and practices.
Did Bush, Clinton, Bush, Ford Nixon, Carter, Lincoln, Jefferson, Adam, Washington, etc., get the same coverage? What are we doing as a nation that was founded by individuals who fled their motherland to come to practice their faith without hindrance from government? Is this what happens when American History is not taught in-depth in our schools?
Let's refresh our memories, The U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment states:
"Congress shall make no law respecting
an establishment of religion..."
This disturbs me because I personally believe that a candidate should demonstrate to me that he or she:
• Defends the truths that we hold as self-evident that ALL men and women are created equal?
• Promotes the general welfare of all who live in this country
• Insures domestic tranquility
• Provides for the common defense
• Secures the blessings of liberty for ourselves and our posterity
• Ensures that the right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude
• Maintains that the Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes on incomes, from whatever source derived, without apportionment among the several States, and without regard to any census or enumeration
• Continues to uphold that the right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.
• Maintains that the right of citizens of the United States, who are eighteen years of age or older, to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of age.
To me, the job of my political representative is to uphold the core of our constitution. What are we as voters looking at in a candidate? Is going to church, temple, mosque, and synagogue weekly enough? Give me your comments. I would really like to know. Help me understand the need for this interest in a candidates' religion.