1) After hearing about my evangelical upbringing, you might guess I’d know the “right” answers to these two questions. But if so, you’d be as wrong as I was. I sauntered up to the fair booth, confident that I could easily pass. God help me, I’m headed for hell! Allegedly.
(For the record, I don’t think a spiritual examination can or should be administered by an outside proctor. I was just curious about the questions.)
2) In Pastor Rick Warren’s
coliseum mega-church this weekend, two political gladiators clashed publicly over religious principles, thus sacrificing a basic tenet of our Constitution at the altar of evangelical Christians. Although the event was billed as an open dialogue, I think Senators John McCain and Barack Obama walked through a trap door. By agreeing to participate in this faith-specific “civic forum,” they provided fresh red meat to the far right effectively ignored a much wider group of Americans.
Like the founders of our democracy, I believe a presidential candidate’s personal faith is best expressed through his or her actions, not by
pandering giving stump speeches in a religious arena. And although an overwhelmingly large majority of Americans calls itself "religious" or "spiritual," we celebrate our faith in very different ways. Religious or not, we all deserve equal respect. So for the love of all that’s holy, let’s rebuild the wall of separation between church and state. That, my friends, is change I can believe in.