This from the Washington Post directing a question to Scott Walker about whether Obama is a Christian:
“I’ve actually never talked about it or I haven’t read about that,” Walker said, his voice calm and firm. “I’ve never asked him that,” he added. “You’ve asked me to make statements about people that I haven’t had a conversation with about that. How [could] I say if I know either of you are a Christian?”
Walker said such questions from reporters are reflective of a broader problem in the nation’s political-media culture, which he described as fixated on issues that are not relevant to most Americans.
“To me, this is a classic example of why people hate Washington and, increasingly, they dislike the press,” he said. “The things they care about don’t even remotely come close to what you’re asking about.”
As Scott Walker sets up his run for President, the media is now trying to decide how to phrase questions that attempts to get threatening GOP contenders to make mistakes on obvious “gotcha” moments. Here, the Washington Post is trying to suggest that the subject should matter, when in fact it doesn’t.
Whether Obama is a Christian, is immaterial, and indeed, for this race, Obama is not running for office. There are people in this country who believe he is actually Muslim. There are others who believe he isn’t all that Christian. Obama’s recent admonition to Christians during the National Prayer Breakfast regarding the Crusades demonstrates that, perhaps, he doesn’t place as much emphasis on his stated religious preferences.
In Article VI of the Constitution, it explicitly states:
The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the members of the several state legislatures, and all executive and judicial officers, both of the United States and of the several states, shall be bound by oath or affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States.
The framers of the Constitution recognized that freedom of religion, added later in the First Amendment as part of the broader acceptance of the new states, meant that anyone can serve office regardless of their faith. The framers didn’t really care about such things. Certainly, it makes clear that it doesn’t matter what potential candidates think about anyone currently serving in office.
Which begs the question: If Walker has said nothing about Obama’s faith, why does the Media care? What makes this more important than any other issue that faces the country? Unless of course, he’s the one you worship.