Skip to comments.Do Republicans want a Protestant POTUS candidate?
Posted on 02/19/2012 4:53:22 PM PST by Andy from Chapel Hill
57% of Republicans are Protestant and 23% are Catholic, if I read the data at Pew Research correctly.
Today, after church (Presbyterian, but thinking about joining an unaffilated church), a group of us older and more conservative men began discussing the lack of enthusiasm among the Republican base for any of the current candidates. One fellow said "I am not Catholic because I do not agree with the Catholic Church's teachings and I am not Mormon because I do not want to be a Mormon". Others generally agreed and said that the candidate's religion mattered a lot.
Is the talk about a contested convention and the possibility of candidates like Palin, Jeb Bush, etc. really a front for a movement toward a Protestant candidate?
I know I will be flamed for asking this question, but please consider it as a question that the base is considering.
Disclosure: Among the group, I like Newt the best, but in a contested convention, I would prefer someone new paired with Paul Ryan as VP (Ryan is a Catholic).
No. It’s about nobody really wanting Romney as the nominee other than Obama’s crowd. Romney is an empty suit. A rich NE liberal politician turned Rino.
I would like President that believes Christians deserve as much freedom of religion and freedom of speech as atheists, abortionists, environmentalists and the like.
I don't care what their ‘religious’ mantel so long at they understand that the Creator alone is the giver of unalienable ‘rights’!!!!!
Oh and for those who ‘gasp’ at capital-ISM being listed, remember who bought and paid for this present president. WALL STREET.... $0R0$ led the charge .... it sure was not a capitalist free market election.
Oh, also notice I did NOT include repentant ‘sinners’.
Palin was baptized Catholic.
That seems to be the only point of theology that Obama seems to have absorbed ~ that he should force the system to work according to current CofC standards.
“It is an interesting question. Perhaps Protestants sense their own churches surrender in the culture war and have hope that a reservoir of Biblical morality exists among Catholics?”
No, that really isn’t it.
Absent a convention coup, Paul is the only protestant ‘republican’ we can have. I agree with your second statement fully; however, I could, in desperation, support Paul for one reason alone. He’d be much easier to impeach and remove than Obama. And his VP probably would be too. I really don’t want Pres. Boehner, but I’d take him over Obama.
Ahhh... you beat me to it.
As a LCMS member, even I feel Catholics are fine and dandy to serve as president.
BUT would have a HUGE problem with a Mormon, a Satanist, or a Scientologist though.
But hey, that’s me.
Jeb Bush is Catholic
Well if you feel that way, why did you post it?
In short, I do not think there will be any debates between Protestants as to voting Catholic in this election cycle versus 1960. I believe we are much more afraid of the Secular Humanism god in government now any Republican Catholic. Now, Dem Catholic is a different story.
The finer points of that connection .. that relationship .. may differ as to how it leads to where, but as far as I know, in America .. we don't kill each other over these differences.
As I remember my life, being born in 1948, I "woke up" around '53/'54 and until getting out of the Army in '67 (my military/polital/socio comscience was stirred in '66 or so), America ( me, anyway .. and anyone I knew) went to church and the church you went to wasn't as important as long as you were a good family.
So I personally don't care if you're Catholic, Protestant, Mormon or Jew ... if you're good and American minded .. you're good to go if you have something to offer our nation in leadership.
There are, however, some religions unacceptable to the American psyche.
Satanism and Islam are both antithetical to the moral and spiritual values and directions of what is traditional religious sects/denominations.
Your question is interesting Andy, only so far as to conclude there is an American fabric made of American threads and the strongest element in America is the cord made of those many threads .. the family .. the one that prays together, stays together ... we just never truly realized how basic the religios family was to the unity of America.
“Perhaps Protestants sense their own churches surrender in the culture war and have hope that a reservoir of Biblical morality exists among Catholics?”
Big time BINGO!
“Do Republicans want a Protestant POTUS candidate?”
Not necessarily. I don’t care if he is an atheist, as long as he’s a strict Constitutionalist and supports all religions in freely practicing their respective faiths.
Im pretty suspicious of the constant attempts to drive a wedge between Catholics and Protestants. That benefits only the democrats and Satan.
So anyone who is Catholic suffers from a lack of “discernment?”
No, that is silly and groundless conjecture.
I am looking for the candidate that does not wear his faith on his sleeve. I only want a person of conviction that does not hold his finger in the wind to gage the prevailing wind of opinion. I want a candidate with strong innate values and an intuitive understanding that the Progressives are simply modern-day Lotus-eaters who bring ruination to any society that they infest. My religious test is the rejection of false prophets that destroy humanity.
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