Okay, let’s say a religious man is elected to office; is he not to vote according to his beliefs and convictions? Only an atheist is allowed to do that? What you’re saying is impossible. This is the whole reason why we vote for individuals who are like minded. We cannot agree on something as simple as what to eat for breakfast. So, we must follow some belief structure. Otherwise we are on a rudderless ship.
I don’t believe any liberal/progressive/Dem objects to a person of strong religious beliefs holding public office, rather the objection comes when said religious person attempts to change laws that would force other members of the polity to act as if they were also members of the officials favourite religion.
And as a consequence we find people running for office who either conceal or disavow religious views they previously held. Case in point, the present race for governor in Virginia, the Republican candidate McDonnell in 1989 wrote a thesis for a master of arts in public policy and Juris Doctorate in law from Regent University in Virginia Beach.
The Virginia governor’s race ignited Monday over Republican Robert F. McDonnell’s 20-year-old graduate thesis: Democrats assailed him in e-mail blasts and interviews for what he wrote about working women, homosexuals and “fornicators,” and McDonnell tried to explain his views to crucial moderate and female voters.
In the thesis, “The Republican Party’s Vision for the Family: The Compelling Issue of The Decade,” McDonnell described working women as “detrimental” to the traditional family. He criticized a U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing contraception for unmarried couples and decried the “purging” of religion from schools. He advocated character education programs in public schools to teach “traditional Judeo-Christian values,” and he criticized federal tax credits for child care expenditures because they encouraged women to enter the workforce. – Washington Post
Mr McDonnell rather specifically tied his personal vision of a Christian America to the Republican Party. Of course as the linked article notes, he is now running away from the views he put into his thesis. His problem now lies with that element of the Republican Party that agrees with what he wrote and will be upset if he now says he didn’t really mean what he previously stated. And with those ‘moderates’ and independents who might think his views are too extreme for an elected official.
Naturally, Mr McDonnell is running away from his thesis as there may be some blowback from home – he has three daughters, one of whom is an Iraq veteran.
Video of a recent ad by the candidate
Looks like that “keep the women home to save our Christian society” thing, didn’t work out too well in his own family.