Are Christians Controversial?

by Michael Walsh

My answer: yes. Off the Daily Beast’s harum-scarum piece about “Dominionism” (“A Christian Plot for Domination?”) and Bill Keller’s wacky questions in the New York Times about the role of faith for the Republicans (but not for Obama), the thought occurred to me:

The proper answer to all such reverse-Inquisition questions is, of course: None of your business. Religious faith is the norm, not the exception, when it comes to both US politicians and plain old American citizens. The country remains overwhelmingly Christian, with 92 percent of the population expressing belief in God.

But then, these questions really aren’t really about faith at all — they’re scare tactics, designed to paint the Republicans as too kooky to be trusted with the reins of power.

More than half a century after the election of John Kennedy as the nation’s first and so far only Catholic president, you’d think we would have put such fear-mongering behind us. JFK was never going to take order directly from the Pope via a secret hotline to the Vatican, and the GOP field is hardly likely to take political advice from professors at Oral Roberts University or the elders of the Mormon Church.

But what kind of a country have we become in which Christianity is even controversial?

I guess a lot of us here know the answer to that question. 

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