Originally Posted by rearnakedchoke
was it you that some time ago said that the US president had to be a Christian?
Its designed thus, yes. Obviously its not denominationally specific because that would be to set up an established Church by default, and that would be unconstitutional...although, you will note that National Cathedral in the Capitol IS Denominationally specific...it only really plays host to national ceremonial events...its not to be confused with an American See akin to some Primacy. That to the Americans would be unspeakably ugly....although Ironically...it actually IS the Primacy for the Entire American Episcopal Church. Washingto National Cathedral is wholly inappropriate for a society governed by the American Constitution...but because America is so interdenominational...people only see it as head of a particular denomination, and not head of the entire Christian Church in America...infact, I dare say thats mostly because The Southern Baptists actually have a far greater impact on the society, and thus they have almost neutralized, this psedo pretense of Washington National as anything representative of wholistic Christondom...but its important to note, because all you need is a President who vehemently opposes the Episcopalian See...and if National pulled rank...I think that the whole church/state thing would suddenly blow up in everyones face big time.
The point was that America shouldnt NEED an established church, because the founding Fathers probably never conceived of a secular culture. The removal of the church/state link was NOT to encouargage secularism, it was merely to STOP wars WITHIN Christondom. I dont think they ever thought of other faiths, or no faiths....the implication is that everyone is Christian...and everyone may be free to worship how they wish. That is the legacy of the Reformation and the English Civil War...that different Denominations of the same faith turned on each other, charged each other with false witness, and the blood of many martyres was spilt. Thats why people left for the collonies...thats what put NEW into the New World.
So to have a President that is not Christian actually threatens the foundations of the entire document. Why? because its designed as a Christian Utopia...remove religion from that, and you exclude GOD...if GOD becomes irrelevent, then the US Constitution becomes nothing but a set of rules, so twisted out of context that they may creat the very society that they were supposed to prevent from ever occuring again.
Mormonism is not a Christian Denomination. Its a Cult. The only reason I am not outraged and making a scene, is because the classification of Denominations has been known to shift. In the time of the Constitution, the Freemasons and Deists were recognised as a Christians Denomination...now most people do not accept them anymore...for want of a better word, they have been ex-communicated by the zeitgiest since...there may come a time when the Mormons are accepted by Christianity...they do at least have the Bible...which is more then we can say for any other Religion.
What I am saying is...its a Cult, but at least its a Christian Cult...its a step below what the constitution aspires to...but a step above disaster...
Perish the thought that a future President would be a Heathen...or someone of an opposing faith. without a revival of epic proportions however, this will eventually happen...and when it does, I suppose the last great vestige of Christondom will have been extinguished.