The impious Founding Fathers could not get elected today

January 22, 2012 | By | Reply More

Today’s presidential elections are contests to see who can act the most pious. The Founding Fathers wouldn’t have a chance, as spelled out by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

Unlike many of today’s candidates, the founders didn’t find it necessary to constantly wear religion on their sleeves. They considered faith a private affair. Contrast them to former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich (who says he wouldn’t vote for an atheist for president because nonbelievers lack the proper moral grounding to guide the American ship of state), Texas Gov. Rick Perry (who hosted a prayer rally and issued an infamous ad accusing President Barack Obama of waging a “war on religion”) and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum (whose uber-Catholicism leads him to oppose not just abortion but birth control).

The thing that really annoys me is that I don’t have the power to expose these pseudo-religous clowns. I’d like to take them on stage, one by one, to see how much they know about bible history and theology. I’d like to see what they actually know about their own religions. I’d like to quiz them, and I would expect that they would know embarrassing little about their espoused beliefs. I would suspect that we would have results comparable to this.


Category: Politics, Religion

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Erich Vieth is an attorney focusing on consumer law litigation and appellate practice. He is also a working musician and a writer, having founded Dangerous Intersection in 2006. Erich lives in the Shaw Neighborhood of St. Louis, Missouri, where he lives half-time with his two extraordinary daughters.

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