Saturday, August 12, 2006

Faith & Politics

Harold Ford, Jr., the democratic nominee for the U.S. Senate from Tennessee, is campaigning hard for the seat. Former president Bill Clinton was in Tennessee on August 3 at an event for Ford. Here is an interesting article by a writer following Ford as he campaigns here in the Jackson, TN, area. The article says Ford opposes gay marriage and is a "practicing Christian."

I've met Jr. on one occasion and he is very smooth and polished. Very personable. I heard a story about when he appeared at the funeral visitation in Memphis and knew all of the family members by name although he had never met any of them. That's incredible.

Jr. will be hard to beat in November but he's got two huge weaknesses. One is his voting record in Congress. He'll try to campaign as a conservative in a state that has only elected one democrat to a statewide office in the last 12 years, but the republicans will run ad after ad about Ford's congressional voting record. His other huge weakness is his family. His father was indicted and later acquitted of bank fraud charges; one uncle, a state representative, resigned after being convicted of insurance fraud; and another uncle, a state senator, resigned after being indicted in a bribery scheme. Tennesseans won't be able to look past his family tree.

Here is another interesting article that will appear in the August 28 issue of The American Conservative. The writer attacks the religious faith of political conservatives while maintaining that she is equally conservative without faith. She says that "Skeptical Conservatives" do not "need God or the Christian Bible to discover the golden rule and see themselves in others." She says that perhaps religious conservatives should cut back on their "religious triumphalism" and that "nonbelivers are good conservatives, too." It may be true that nonbelievers can be good political conservatives, but they certainly need God. You can tell from the writer's tone that something is missing in her life. And that something is obviously a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

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