05 October 2011

In politics, Christians need not apply?

Writing for The Catholic Thing, George Marlin sees a disturbing trend in elite political circles that suggest in not-so subtle that "Christians need not apply".  Marlin says, in part:

Secularists have moved beyond dismissing Christians as anti-intellectual and anti-rational. They are now publicly ridiculing them and questioning their fitness to participate in public life. They portray religious beliefs as nothing more than superstitions, old wives’ tales, or legends, and claim anyone who believes such drivel is balmy.
You should read his entire piece.


  1. I'll find this more credible when candidates aren't routinely expected to make professions of faith. It also wasn't that long ago when Bush '41 said he doubted an atheist could be truly patriotic.

    I also think Keller's piece was too selectively quoted: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/28/magazine/asking-candidates-tougher-questions-about-faith.html

  2. I initially ignored the Sutton article because I didn't care about a random professor (being one myself), but was curious and looked. He is very clearly talking about a subset of evangelical Christians who believe the last days are imminent and see Obama as part of this, and at no point implicated all who believe in Armeggeddon, and never even mentioned the Ascension: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/26/opinion/why-the-antichrist-matters-in-politics.html

    I think the article is overblown, and that voters who suspect Obama of being the Antichrist, who do exist, wouldn't vote for him anyway. But tying it to a general anti-Christianism is a stretch, unless you define Christianity very narrowly.