Evangelical Columnist Cal Thomas Blasts Church-Based Electioneering

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Evangelical Columnist Cal Thomas Blasts Church-Based Electioneering


Prominent evangelical and conservative columnist Cal Thomas says politicized pulpits are doing America no good.

In a recent column, Thomas commented on the flap that erupted during the Family Research Council's "Values Voter Summit" in October when the Rev. Robert Jeffress of the First Baptist Church of Dallas attacked candidate Mitt Romney's Mormonism and insisted that evangelicals should support a "born-again follower of the Lord Jesus Christ."

Jeffress was referring to Texas Gov. Rick Perry, whom he introduced at the event.

Thomas wrote that he has a problem with this. Voters, he suggested, would do better to focus less on where a candidate worships and look instead at his or her plans for the nation.

"The 2012 election, in fact every election, ought not to be about if, how, or what a candidate worships, but on his (or her) ability to do the job," wrote Thomas. "If I am in need of surgery, it may be of some interest to me what religion, if any, the surgeon happens to believe in, but I am far more interested in how many of his former patients are still among the living."

Thomas noted that pastors from the left and the right have long commented on the issues of the day. …

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