Former failed Speaker of the House and current Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich recently attempted to gain attention for his campaign by attacking atheists, asking rhetorically at a presidential candidates’ debate, “How can you have judgment if you have no faith? How can I trust you with power if you don’t pray?”
So, we see that Gingrich believes that a person has to be religious, and to make a show of praying, in order to be trustworthy. But, do the American people trust politicians who display these qualities?
Not in Newt Gingrich’s case. Gingrich makes a great deal of noise to call attention to the fact that he is religious, and that he prays a lot. Yet, in a recent CBS / New York Times poll, only 10 percent of Republican respondents said that they thought Newt Gingrich should get the Republican presidential nomination next year.
Do you think that, if Gingrich spends more time praying, and less time campaigning, he will be able to improve that number? It seems that conspicuous displays of religiosity aren’t enough to gain the trust of the American people after all.