This is just one more reason politics is such a nasty, nasty sport. It makes some folks justify any means to accomplish the political task.
Cal Thomas has written a piece at Baptist Press blasting Obama for not being Christian. Here's a quote:
Obama can call himself anything he likes, but there is a clear requirement for one to qualify as a Christian and Obama doesn't meet that requirement. One cannot deny central tenets of the Christian faith, including the deity and uniqueness of Christ as the sole mediator between God and Man and be a Christian. Such people do have a label applied to them in Scripture. They are called "false prophets"
Oh, get real, Cal!
If you want to discredit a guy based on his politics, do so. Blast away. Discredit him all you want. But to criticize a candidate because he is not Christian enough for you is to be un-American. Obama is running for President, not Pastor in Chief. There is a reason why the Constitution has a "no religious test" provision --- to make sure Pharisees don't select our political leaders.
Examining someone's qualifications for pastor or church membership is entirely your right, but that standard should not be applied to our politicians. We want the best qualified & best leader, which may or may not be a Christian. Do we ask the cashiers at the grocery store if they are Christian--- or brand of Christian? If not, it is hypocrisy to apply that standard to Obama. What about the teachers in our schools? If not, it is hypocrisy to apply that standard to Obama. Do we ask about the faith of the people that assembled our Bibles? If not, it is hypocrisy to apply that standard to Obama. What of the policemen or firemen that protect the public safety? If not, it is hypocrisy to apply that standard to Obama.
No, fact is that too many people are using faith as a tool in political manipulation. Which is another thing that should cause us all to pause . . . why is Baptist Press even publishing such an article anyway? Could it be that Baptist Press is using this article to subtly take a swipe at a candidate & manipulate the readers to not vote for the non-Christian? Congregationalists did that in Colonial America, & Baptists were excluded from owning property, voting, employment, etc. Baptists were not allowed to hold public office because their profession wasn't good enough. And now Baptist Press is saying the very same thing about Obama.
Treat others the way you want to be treated. Imagine how it would be if the majority were some other faith --- wonder how my Pharisaical brothers & sisters would like that standard then?