Thursday, November 29, 2007

"Do you believe every word of the Bible?"

In last night's CNN YouTube debate, one of the questions posted by a "youtuber" wanted to know if the Republican presidential candidates "believed every word of the King James bible".

OK, so now we've got serious (I hope they are serious) candidates for the highest office in the land being asked if they believe every word of a collection of parables, wisdoms, truths, fables, histories, laws and visions that were collected over several hundred (or thousands) of years and then translated from Aramaic to Greek to Latin to Old English to the King James version of the bible which was published in 1611.

This was one of the thousands of submitted questions that was deemed worthy of broadcasting to all of CNN's viewers and getting a response from the candidates. Of course, stammering, equivocation, outright agreement and every other type of response or non-response ensued. The best prepared for the question was the good Reverend Governor, Mike Huckabee. Being a Baptist minister and all, he was right at home and let loose a burst of scripture that Elmer Gantry would have been proud of.

Really, what have we become as a nation? Do you think Jefferson, Lincoln, Roosevelt (either of them), Truman or Eisenhower would have answered such a question? I don't. As a matter of fact, I think Harry Truman would have punched the person who asked the question in the nose.

Religion and Religious belief is a private matter. Whether someone is a Christian, a Jew, a Muslim, a Hindu, a Buddhist, a Pagan, a Wiccan, or worships the Flying Spaghetti Monster, I don't give a damn. What I care about is that the presidential candidates don't care who worships what, as long as they respect the rights of others to worship who they want.

The Bible is full of truths, but is it the truth? I don't know, and I really don't care. Would you really make a decision on who is president of the United States based on whether they believed every word of the Bible or not? I wouldn't.

Tell me what you think.

Regards,
Dennis

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