I saw Billie Sutton’s new video ad pop up and thought, “Hot dog! Sutton’s trotting out Republicans to support his bid! This’ll be great!”
Then it turned out to be pandering to Republican theocrats:
At 0:22, a female voice says, “Billie Sutton: a Christian!”
Let me remind you all of two facts:
- Article 6 of the Constitution of the United States forbids any religious test as a qualification for any public office. To cite being a Christian as a reason to elect anyone violates the spirit of the Constitution.
- Declaring a person “Christian” offers no reliable measure of whether that person will govern intelligently or behave morally. Ask Richard Nixon or Scott Westerhuis.
To be clear—because I know many Republicans prefer to think they can make words mean anything they want rather than what they actually mean—I am not deriding Christianity as a religion or worldview. I am not saying we cannot trust Christians with public office. I am saying that applying religious tests to political candidates is bad. I am saying that campaigning on one’s religion erodes public discourse and understanding of the proper separation of church and state.