In magazine, President Obama, Mitt Romney discuss faith

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In this combo made from file photos, President Barack Obama, speaks at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, on April 25, 2012, left, and Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks during a campaign stop in Wilmington, Del. on April 10, 2012.

President Obama and former Mass. governor Mitt Romney discussed their views of faith in public life in a magazine produced by the Washington National Cathedral, “Cathedral Age

Produced four times a year, the magazine “seeks to offer its readers an indispensable, thoughtful resource for Americans of all faiths and perspectives.”

Recognized as the spiritual home for the nation, the 105-year-old landmark has served as the site of funeral and memorial services for American presidents as well as many presidential inaugural prayer services.

“Our presidential candidates have been molded by their faith communities as they have been shaped by educational institutions, families, and work experiences. The sources of their convictions and assumptions are proper inquiries in an election year,” said the Rev. Dr. Francis H. Wade, interim dean of the Cathedral in a press release.

The magazine asked Obama and Romney eight questions including: “How does faith play a role in your life,” and “What does a political leader’s faith tell you about him/her as a person?”

Visit the cathedral Web site for more information about the interview.

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  • Matinecock

    If there is supposed to be separation of church and state, why does the National Cathedral exist? A National Cathedral certainly give the impression that the US Government is sponsoring and promoting Christianity.

  • Matinecock

    Why is it that Presidential candidates always have to display and/or discuss their “faith” as part of the political process? I would only be concerned if the “faith” held by a political candidate was going to influence their foreign policy decisions as President. However, I have never heard an interviewer ask that question; the questions are typically of the wishy-washy variety.

  • ds14

    In the United States, the term is an offshoot of the phrase, “wall of separation between church and state,” as written in Thomas Jefferson’s letter to the Danbury Baptist Association in 1802. The original text reads: “Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between Man & his God, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship, that the legitimate powers of government reach actions only, & not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should ‘make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,’ thus building a wall of separation between Church and State.”

  • TonyDiaz999

    When religion unifies the USA we will have integration of church and state.

    The USA is most unified, outside of religion, when religion is confined to the private domain.

    Religion is naturally very divisive. People can get very fervent about a faith; those without faith can be alienated by the acts of those who submit to faith for contentment.

    Even the different denominations of theists are somewhat to extremely divided.

    Between theists and atheists thehre is always more restriained but insidious conflict .

  • Jason W from Chicago

    Religion should have no place in politics. We know this or else we end up with discrimination, hatred, bigotry, another Oklahoma City bombing or another 9-11. From a homeland security perspective, nothing good can ever come out of mixing religion and politics. However, seeing religion is playing a role in the upcoming election there is a simple question that I would like to ask you: from a Christian perspective, which candidate is the best Christian choice?

    If we start with self claims, President Obama claims to be a born again Christian and Gov. Romney claims to be a Mormon. So, based simple of self claims we only have one Christian that is running in this election. I mean, as much as eternal celestial sex to populate your own planet sounds fun, it just doesn’t fall within the realm of traditional theology. Of course, I am defining ‘Christian’ based of my conservative undergraduate hermeneutic, which is endorsed by the Moody Bible Institute.

    But, if that’s not good enough for you, then consider the issues at hand. Which candidate treats everyone fair, including woman and minorities? Sounds like something that Jesus would do, right? After all, what is the story of the women at the well really all about? Okay, so what else does the Bible talk a lot about? The NIV Bible mentions the Poor 178 times. Interpretively, when a text repeats itself that generally means someone is trying to get your attention about something that is really important to them! Which candidate upholds the cause of the poor more? So, still undecided? God is faithful right? Faithfulness is very important in the Bible. Which candidate sticks with their convictions without changing positions to get more votes?
    Finally, one of my favorite stories in the Bible is when sick people came to Jesus and asked him to heal them, then Jesus turned and said “Sorry, but I don’t accept HMO, What do you think this is socialism, -claim denied?” Which candidate treats health more like Jesus would?

    In conc