The Intersection of Faith & Politics: Obama and Romney Discuss their Beliefs with 'Cathedral Age' Magazine
By EEW Magazine News Editors/Cathedral Age Magazine
Some argue vehemently that faith has no place in politics and yet, millions of Americans care what faith views shape those running to occupy the highest office in the land. Knowing that the faith conversation is critical to the presidential election, both Obama and Romney are delving into the subject with Cathedral Age, the quarterly magazine of the Washington National Cathedral.
Cathedral Age asked the candidates eight questions including: “How does faith play a role in your life,” and “What does a political leader’s faith tell you about him/her as a person?”
In answering these questions and others, both candidates reaffirmed their beliefs and spoke about how religion should not be the singular measure of a candidate.
“First and foremost, my Christian faith gives me a perspective and security that I don’t think I would have otherwise: That I am loved. That, at the end of the day, God is in control,” said President Obama. “Faith can express itself in people in many ways, and I think it is important that we not make faith alone a barometer of a person’s worth, value, or character.”
Governor Romney said, “I am often asked about my faith and my beliefs about Jesus Christ. I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and the Savior of mankind.”
Romney also said, “A political leader’s faith can tell us a great deal or nothing…Perhaps the most important question to ask a person of faith who seeks a political office is whether he or she shares these American values: the equality of human kind, the obligation to serve one another, and a steadfast commitment to liberty. They are not unique to any one denomination.”
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