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True Religious Persuasion - True Test is in True Faith

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Submitted by M. Tovey (United States), Jan 7, 2008 at 12:25

All of these exchanges from the various sources (for the purposes of this observation, it is assumed the information Dr. Pipes is presenting has legitimate substantiation) presents a dilemma for the American people, especially in light of the preliminary voting indications. Would there truly be a problem if Barack Obama became president of the United States of America, just because he has a Muslim heritage?

President George Bush is a confessed Christian, evidently of Methodist persuasion from an Episcopalian background. One cannot be more mainstream American Christian than that. Yet for all of that, Mr. Bush has one of the most troubled presidencies for a variety of reasons.

If religion were the true litmus test of a person's abilities as a leader of a free religious practicing nation, then we should expect that their moral guidance is going to be driven by how they perceive themselves in the practice of their faith. This country has seen most of this in the presidencies of George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and others who were devout in their convictions, to still others who might be described as agnostic; but always they were under the colors of a Christian ethic. The question is really simple, how will this country survive if it loses this Christian ethic?

We have already seen the foundation of that ethic crack. America's Christian persuasion is constantly under attack, from anti-Christian rhetoric insinuated into the battles for separation of church and state, to the defiance demonstrated by an official of government being sworn in on a Quran. We have not seen the last of any of that.

One might ask, that if given the moral obligation to defend this country from the attacks of Islamic/Muslim rhetoric, (or any other for that matter) that demands the destruction of the United States on the grounds of Sharia or other contradicting law, which of any person seeking office in this country would defend against such a thing, to the utter destruction of those seeking the decimation of America?

What say ye to this, to any of the candidates?
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