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Mr. Erwin you slightly mis-state the constitution

Reader comment on item: Confirmed: Barack Obama Practiced Islam
in response to reader comment: No religious test

Submitted by Bruce (United States), Feb 27, 2008 at 17:06

The U.S. Constitution does indeed guarantee freedom of religion, but it does not require there be no religious test for political leaders. It requires there be no religious test for political candidacy. That is an important distinction. People are free to vote for or against any candidate for any reason they deem sufficient: even religions ones. You are free to disagree with their reasons but you are not free to invalidate them. You may exercise your freedom of speech to try to convince them and others of your position, but you cannot prevent them from voting their own consciences and values.

Other than that, I pretty much agree with your comments. Fanatics are fanatics, regardless of brand affiliation. But I feel compelled to point out that only one brand is known for strapping bombs on themselves and blowing up other people. You may not see all Baptists in church every Sunday morning, but you don't see any of them doing that. Other brands of fanatics may be boring and annoying, but only one wants to kill you.

I think the real issue here is not whether Senator Obama is Muslim, or was Muslim, or might have been Muslim, or studied Islam when he was a child, or anything remotely like that. The issue is why is he so vehemently denying any connection to Islam when the facts seem to indicate otherwise? That's not a religious issue, that's a character issue.

Having said all that, let me say that I am not a supporter of the Senator. But the reasons I do not support him have nothing to do with race or religion. I simply don't support his political agenda. But that doesn't make me a bigot. I just happen to believe that what I work for and what I earn should belong to me and not to to the government. I know I am certainly a better steward of it.

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