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Wanna labor through a presidential forum? There are two GOP events this week, including one on Wednesday and this presidential forum happening right now in South Carolina. Jim DeMint, above, is playing host. Watch over here. We’ll have a roundup later today.

I listened to parts of that debate while working on the new porch I am building.  It was all I needed to cement the fact that I will vote Democratic in 2012.  These candidates are absolutely frightening to me.

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Why presidential candidates’ faith matters

themoralperspective:

“When it comes to the religious beliefs of our would-be presidents, we are a little squeamish about probing too aggressively,” writes Bill Keller, executive editor of the New York Times, in his latest column. Keller illustrates his argument with a scene from a recent Republican presidential candidate debate:

Michele Bachmann was asked during the Iowa G.O.P. debate what she meant when she said the Bible obliged her to “be submissive” to her husband, and there was an audible wave of boos — for the question, not the answer. There is a sense, encouraged by the candidates, that what goes on between a candidate and his or her God is a sensitive, even privileged domain, except when it is useful for mobilizing the religious base and prying open their wallets.

Yet Keller is not buying this line of thought. He continues:

But I do want to know if a candidate places fealty to the Bible, the Book of Mormon (the text, not the Broadway musical) or some other authority higher than the Constitution and laws of this country. It matters to me whether a president respects serious science and verifiable history — in short, belongs to what an official in a previous administration once scornfully described as “the reality-based community.” I do care if religious doctrine becomes an excuse to exclude my fellow citizens from the rights and protections our country promises.

And I care a lot if a candidate is going to be a Trojan horse for a sect that believes it has divine instructions on how we should be governed.

As such, Keller has issued a set of well-posed questions to the range of Republican candidates. I’ll post an update if any of the candidates actually respond, though unfortunately I don’t expect that they will. Politicians have a knack for avoiding tough questions, especially when said politicians are running for office and the questions concern religion.

That said, Keller’s got the right idea. Religious beliefs often play a central role in shaping one’s moral and legal views, and so those beliefs — especially when they belong to a public servant — should be open to discussion.

Update: you can read more coverage on the blog Friendly Atheist.

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ryking:

When Gov Perry talks about balancing the budget in Texas, remind his supporters that in his 2010-2011 budget, Texas was $6.6 billion in the red.
Perry ACCEPTED $6.4 billion in federal stimulus (to fill 97% of his deficit gap) on the SAME DAY he blogged of the irresponsible bailouts from WDC.
Another example of “talk vs walk”

I am going to predict Rick Perry fervor is about to fizzle.

ryking:

When Gov Perry talks about balancing the budget in Texas, remind his supporters that in his 2010-2011 budget, Texas was $6.6 billion in the red.

Perry ACCEPTED $6.4 billion in federal stimulus (to fill 97% of his deficit gap) on the SAME DAY he blogged of the irresponsible bailouts from WDC.

Another example of “talk vs walk”

I am going to predict Rick Perry fervor is about to fizzle.

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Rick Perry’s secret to job creation is no secret at all: It’s the same recipe used in places like Mexico and Malaysia. Here, companies save millions they would otherwise have had to spend on responsibility. It’s a tradeoff: Give up on public schools, healthy air, and your Constitutional rights and you can have a job.
Geoff Berg - How Perry Created All Those jobs (via therecipe)

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sarahlee310:

Rachel Maddow explaining the link between Rick Perry and the New Apostolic Reformation, a scary cult like organization with apocalyptic beliefs. (Part 1 of 2) (by CRUClEFICTION)  8-10-2011

Part Two is here and will be in my next post.

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