Last year, the mainstream media was busy lecturing us all about how important it would be for the candidates to make public shows of their religion. We were told how candidates would benefit from “God talk”, making an important connection to religious voters.
As a result, we’ve gotten the following:
- John Hagee
- Rod Parsley
- Celeste and Loren Davis
- Donnie McClurkin
- Giuliani’s pedophile priest
- Jeremiah Wright
- Mike Huckabee’s endorsement from God
- Religious forums where candidates are tested to see if they are theologically correct
I don’t see any evidence that mixing religion into politics during this presidential campaign has elevated the level of debate. From what I see, it’s degraded the level of debate.
Pragmatically, all this conspicuous use of religion in the presidential campaigns hasn’t helped the candidates who have done it. It’s hurt them.
Please, in 2012, let’s not repeat this tawdry little faith-based experiment. Let’s return to talking about presidential candidates’ policies instead of their prayers.