Friday, September 3, 2010

Constitution, Article 6

Standing in line at the grocery store I see the tabloid headline "Shocking Proof, Obama IS a Muslim" ... and I'm thinking, what happened to Freedom of Religion in America?

Of course the answer is obvious ... since 9/11 we've become paranoid about Muslim extremists who vow to destroy us. But shouldn't we smart enough to realize there are extremists in every group, whether it be political, religious or racial? (And if you are worried about Muslims in America, I suggest you read "Acts of Faith" by Eboo Patel, founder of the Interfaith Youth Corps. More about him in future blogs)

I think that maybe right now we need to remind ourselves of the importance of freedom of religion as guaranteed in our constitution. It is one of the basic ideals of our country; one of the principles on which our country was founded. Are we on the verge of sacrificing the basic principles of our Constitution because of the actions of extremists?

When it comes to questioning Obama's religion, refer to Article 6 in the Constitution. It states that "no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States"

The questions we should be asking about our President are not what religion does he profess, but is he a man of integrity? Can we trust him to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States? Will he put the interests of our country first in all of his decisions and actions? Will he lead this country in the right direction as we see it? If the answer to these questions is yes, it should not matter if our president worships God in the traditional Protestant religion or if he is a Born-Again Christian, a Catholic, a Jew ... or a Muslim.

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