With seventeen candidates still in the running (or, at least, walking), it's tough to decide who I want to vote for in the 2008 presidential election.
Fortunately, Belief Net has come up with a way of thinning the herd for me: a God-o-Meter. This provides a regularly updated religious wackiness score – though what I derisively call "wackiness" a disturbingly large percentage of Americans would fondly term "faith."
I'd already began to tilt away from my initial favorite, Barack Obama. Seeing that Obama presently rates a "9," almost a full blown theocrat on the 1 to 10 scale, turns me off more. Hillary's a "7," which is probably as good as I'm going to get this God-filled election season.
I thought Obama was more spiritual than religious. But there he is, sucking up to evangelicals with talk of how he has accepted Jesus and being an instrument of God.
Lord Almighty, even John McCain is just an "8." And he believes that the Constitution established the United States as a Christian nation – a fallacy nicely demolished today by a local newspaper columnist.
A plain reading of the Constitution shows that McCain, and apparently much of the country, is 180 degrees wrong. No religious polemics, no histrionics of the religious right, no obfuscations and no wishes of the majority can change this fact.
The Constitution does not create the United States of America as a Christian nation.
Candidates often say they are strict constructionists when it comes to the Constitution. No more of this judicial activism they say. Yet here McCain is rewriting the Constitution to suit his own religious beliefs or his own political necessity.
If God is on anybody's side, breaking Oregon news reveals that it is…gays. Opponents of recently passed domestic partnership legislation in my state tried to gather enough signatures to block the bill from going into effect.
It turns out that they were 116 valid signatures short of the 55,179 needed to suspend the law and put it on the November 2008 ballot for a popular vote.
Amazing: 116. The gay rights crowd is jubilant, as am I. I love it when miracles happen, and God steps in to prevent discrimination against people attracted to their own sex.
If any of the presidential candidates learn of this Oregon news and say, "Praise the Lord," I'll seriously consider voting for them.