In disussing Mitt Romney and Mike Huckabee, Sam Donaldson makes the common mistake of confusing religion and morality. Donaldson seems to think that anyone with traditional moral views (such as Romney and Huckabee) is trying to set up a Christian “theocracy.” But this is nonsense as pointed out in the post below (“You can’t legislate religion, but you must legislate morality!”). No major candidate for President wants to impose the Old Testament law on the United States, have the Church run the government, or force U.S. citizens to obey religous rites and practices. But every candidate for President (including every Democrat) wants to impose certain moral values into law (don’t murder, don’t steal, don’t rape, etc.).
In fact, all Democrats and some Republicans argue that abortion is a moral right. Rudy Giuliani goes so far as to say that since abortion is a constitutional right, the government ought to pay for abortions for those who can’t afford them! (I wonder if Rudy thinks the government ought to pay for the guns of those who can’t afford them. After all, the right to bear arms is a constitutional right).
But I digress. The main point is that all this talk about theocracy is just plain wrong. Yes, some candidates are Christians or Mormons, and some may have the religious worldview of an atheist. But that doesn’t mean that their religious worldview (Christian, Mormon or Atheist) is going to be legislated on the country. All laws legislate someone’s moral viewpoint, but that’s not the same as establishing a “theocracy.” If you want to know what a theocracy is like Sam, take a trip to Iran.
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