Using Christianity to Garner Votes
The killing of Osama bin Laden was not an attack on Islam. As columnist Roger Simon said, “It was an attack on a man who corrupted Islam and used it shamefully as an excuse for mass murder.”
It is distressing that some people claim we are at war with Islam. Many Muslims are sad that the act of one who claimed to be acting in the name of their religion has backfired such that people fear and hate Muslims.
Seeing the repercussions of the misuse of Islam makes me think that some of our politicians should think twice about how they are using Christianity to get votes.
There is a trend to cover up or justify one’s stance by throwing in statements about how Christian a candidate is, or has become. Many of us are too naive or too busy to investigate, so we may cast our vote on faith.
There is no doubt that it brings in votes. Some clergy members have endorsed a candidate based upon his claims of Christianity. Even candidates with sordid pasts bring out the Christian card with claims of conversion, e.g., Newt Gingrich. A congressman resided in a “Christian house” with other congressmen, giving the idea that he was more righteous than we learned he was. It has proven not only to bring votes but also to cover up bad behavior.
In the media world, we who believe in strict separation of church and state are the silent majority. Just as we were bombarded from afar by bin Laden’s interpretation of Islam, we are being bombarded here at home with misuse of Christianity by political candidates.
If we neglect to identify such self-serving misuse of religion as a shameful way to get votes, we should not be surprised at the backlash against Christianity.
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