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-Can Someone Who Doesn’t Believe in God be Elected President?

by Dr. D ~ October 26th, 2015

Can someone who doesn’t believe in God be elected President of the USA? I Don’t know but Bernie Sanders who usually shoots from the hip believed that it was important enough to dodge the question when Jimmie Kimmel asked him point blank in an interview if he believed in God. View his response in the video above or read the quotes from an article in the Blaze:

You say you’re culturally Jewish — you don’t feel religious,” host Jimmy Kimmel said. “Do you believe in God, and do you think that’s important to the people of the United States?”…

“I am who I am and what I believe in and what my spirituality is about is that we’re all in this together. That I think it is not a good thing to believe that as human beings we can turn our backs on the suffering of other people,” Sanders said. “This is not Judaism — this is what Pope Francis is talking about — that we cannot worship just billionaires and the making of more and more money. Life is more than that.”

The candidate went on to say that he believes health care, paid medical leave and free tuition should be made available to Americans.

“We do best as human beings — we fulfill our lives when we work together,” Sanders said.

<Read the whole article>

Response: There is no religious test for holding public office in America. So someone who does not profess to believe in God is certainly eligible. But is an agnostic or atheist actually electable to the highest office in the land? I don’t know anymore but would have said no just a few short years ago.

My question right now, is it still possible for a serious conservative Christian to be elected President in today’s more secular cultural climate? In some ways Bernie may be more electable in 2016 than an evangelical Christian like a George Bush or even the popular Ben Carson for that matter. At least that is my take on it.

In fact if Sanders did get on the Democratic ticket as President or as a VP candidate he would be a serious contender. It would have nothing to do with his belief or lack there of in God but in the ‘take no prisoners’ ‘all in’ Democratic party election strategy and legal apparatus.

A couple of weeks ago I saw a video of a bunch of Pentecostal Christians laying hands on Trump and fervently praying for him. I have personally been involved with similar events like this where a bunch of folks prayed for a new pastor or missionary before sending them out. Several times even for a local politician but it was never publicized on You Tube like this occasion.

I must confess that to me Donald seemed to have the look of ‘a deer in headlights’ at the time. Thankfully anyone can change but I just found the episode rather strange since he was never known to be that religious.  Obviously religion will still be an issue of some sort during the 2016 campaign.              *Top

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