Carly Fiorina’s Religious Test: ‘People Of Faith Make Better Leaders’

Carly Fiorina’s Religious Test: ‘People Of Faith Make Better Leaders’ September 22, 2015

Insulting atheists, agnostics, and other freethinkers, GOP presidential candidate Carly Fiorina declares people of faith make better leaders.

Fiorina made her bigoted statement while appearing on Monday’s edition of The Tonight Show. Fiorina said:

I actually believe that people of faith make better leaders.

Fiorina continued:

Whether they are Christians, as I am — my faith has sustained me through some very bad times. I’ve battled cancer, I’ve lost a child, I’ve been tested. But whether it’s a person of Christian faith or Jewish faith or Muslim faith or other faiths, I think faith gives us humility, and empathy and optimism. And I think those are important things.

Fiorina was responding to a question concerning recent remarks made by Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson, who recently said the president of the United States should not be a Muslim.

Carson was criticized by many for his anti-Muslim bigotry and failure to recognize that there should be no religious test for electing a president.

Fiorina, responding to host Jimmy Fallon’s question about Carson’s claim that a Muslim should not be president, said:

I think that’s wrong. It says in our Constitution that religion cannot be a test for office.

That is a good answer. But Fiorina immediately contradicts herself by saying:

I actually believe that people of faith make better leaders.

Clearly, Fiorina fails to understand what is meant by “no religious test.” By no religious test, what is meant is that not only is no one religion or faith to be favored over another, but also that having religious faith is not to be favored over having no religious faith at all.

By claiming she prefers people of faith, Fiorina is in essence imposing her own religious test on candidates, and making the same kind of mistake she correctly finds Carson making.

Like Carson, Fiorina is also being a bigot. Claiming that people of faith make better leaders than people without faith is not only obnoxious, it is false.

This is not the first time that Fiorina has made the claim that people of faith make better leaders. Last August, while campaigning in Iowa, Fiorina said:

I think people of genuine faith, whatever their faith is — I’m a Christian — but people of genuine faith, I believe, make better leaders. And I don’t say that with disrespect to anyone, but I’ll tell you specifically what I think faith gives a leader. I believe faith gives us empathy. A person of faith knows that no one of us is any better than any other one of us. Each of us are created by God. And that empathy permits us to see in someone’s circumstance possibilities. Faith gives us humility. Humility is really important in a leader, because it is humility that causes a leader to say, “Sometimes I must be restrained. Sometimes this is not something I should do. Sometimes this is something I don’t know. Sometimes I need to seek wisdom and counsel of others,” perhaps, for example, the citizens of this great nation…And finally, I think faith gives us optimism. And you cannot lead effectively — which, in the end, leadership is about unlocking potential in others — you cannot lead unless you know that people will rise to the occasion. That there is a brighter future in front of us if we do the right things.

When Fiorina says “I don’t say that with disrespect to anyone” she is being disingenuous. It is, of course, disrespectful to people without religious faith, to claim that people with religious faith make better leaders.

Fiorina’s statement implies that people without religious faith are inferior to people with faith, and goes on to imply that people without faith lack empathy, humility and optimism. Such claims are obnoxious, and without substance.

Indeed, one could easily make an argument in the other direction, claiming that religious faith makes one less empathetic, less humble, and less optimistic.

In fact, religious faith is often a dangerous deception, and human history is replete with examples of people doing monstrous things in the name of some god that does not exist.

Fiorina is wrong to suggest that people of faith make better leaders than people without faith. But what is even more annoying, is that while the mainstream media was quick to pick up on Carson’s anti-Muslim bigotry, there is silence when it comes to Fiorina’s bigotry towards atheists, agnostics, and other freethinkers.

Watch the video below – Relevant remarks begin at approximately 1:45 –

https://youtu.be/kEkUyUiNtlk?t=1m48s
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