Does a candidate’s faith matter? For instance: Is it wrong or un-American to take a candidate’s faith into account when choosing for whom to vote? Is it wrong for a Christian (or Muslim, or Jew, or Atheist…) to prefer, between two otherwise equal candidates, a person of her own faith?
Yes, a candidate’s faith matters, but only because reason matters. As I’ve often said, the salvation of humankind is our intellect and reason. It’s why we have abundant food, water we can drink without worrying about being sick, cell phones, airplanes, indoor plumbing, pornography at our fingertips, beer, etc. I want a President who relies on reason to solve our problems.
The moment a President stops thinking about solutions to problems and stops working toward those solutions to instead beseech the ghost of a 2,000 year-old Canaanite Jew for help, he has in that moment made himself a less capable leader.
Sam Harris said it beautifully in Letter to a Christian Nation.
“The president of the United States has claimed, on more than one occasion, to be in dialogue with God. If he said that he was talking to God through his hairdryer, this would precipitate a national emergency. I fail to see how the addition of a hairdryer makes the claim more ridiculous or offensive.”
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