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My column today on the Rand Paul flap raises questions of whether it is ever appropriate to make an issue out of a candidate’s religious faith. Obviously, the answer is yes in the unlikely event the candidate is advocating sharia or even Christian Reconstructionism. Otherwise, the answer is clearly no. The focus should always be on what someone seeking political office believes the government should and shouldn’t do.
That said, what Jack Conway’s TV ad is really trying to do is establish that Paul is a mocker of Christianity. While reaching back to college is absurd and the evidence doesn’t support Conway’s accusation, I do think having contempt for the religion and values of your would-be constituents is a legitimate issue. So if Conway can find audio of Rand Paul speaking dismissively of Kentuckians clinging to their guns and religion, he is free to use it in his next commercial.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?
H/T to National Review Online