Originally Posted by flo
Wow. For someone who claims to believe so deeply in the Constitution, you don't care much about the First Amendment/Freedom of Religion part. You aren't voting for your pastor, you're voting for the leader of ALL the people of the United States.
Flo this is a debate you cannot win sister. First of all the first amendment was set up to keep the feds from starting a national church. Why people are still so ignorant to think it was anything else is beyond me. Fisher Ames the author of the first amendment even wrote a long essay on its meaning and Madison who co authored it wrote a series of papers explaining it. Also the debate in the constitutional congress are transcribed and they all say the same thing. Up until the 1840's most all states had state churches paid for by state governments. So this idea that the 1 st amendment is anything close to a separation of church and state really needs a civics lesson.
Secondly, when we were founded almost all had a religious litmus test for their vote. In some states you could not even be nominated if you were not a member of a church and an actives participant in the church. But that is just the tip of that iceberg. In fact the first Chief Justice of the SCOTUS said this:
(America's first Supreme Court Chief Justice and Co-Author of the Federalist Papers)
October 12, 1816
"Providence has given to our people the choice of their rulers, and it is the duty, as well as the privilege and interest of our Christian nation to select and prefer Christians for their rulers."
So you ask me if I want a cultist Mormon in the white house. NO WAY. Just like I do not want the closet MUSLIM that is there now. We have a duty as Christians to vote for Godly people of good morals and Christian principals. This is a big reason why since 92 the year I was able to vote I have never cast a vote for GOP or DNC candidate. I vote my conscience not my FEARS.