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false prophet.jpgThe Chicago Sun-Times‘ Cathleen Falsani, who’s covered the Obama religion beat more thoroughly than anyone, responds to Cal Thomas’ two-month-old argument (based on comments by Obama in an interview with Falsani) that Obama is not a true Christian. Yes he is, Falsani says. This is the kind of debate that will make most Americans squeamish, falling as it does squarely into the penumbra cast by the constitutional ban on religious tests for office. Thomas begins by noting that the Obama campaign “plans to strike at the heart of the Republican base by attempting to woo Evangelical Christians and Roman Catholics to his side.” And concludes with this:

Obama can call himself anything he likes, but there is a clear requirement for one to qualify as a Christian and Obama doesn’t meet that requirement. One cannot deny central tenets of the Christian faith, including the deity and uniqueness of Christ as the sole mediator between God and Man and be a Christian. Such people do have a label applied to them in Scripture. They are called “false prophets.”

Would you, believing Christian, cast your presidential vote for a false prophet?

  • There is no religious litmus test for President, and there shouldn’t be. But there is a belief litmus test for being a Christian. There are things Christians believe, and if you don’t believe them, you’re not a Christian.
    Reminds me of 102 Dalmatians, with the bird that thinks it’s a dog. No matter how hard it barked, it still wasn’t a dog, no matter how much it believed it was. If you deny core beliefs of Christianity, you’re not a Christian, no matter how much you think you are.
    But to answer the question — I’d vote for whoever I thought would run the country the best. Even Jerry Falwell said it — we’re electing a president, not a pastor.

  • Mark Silk

    Actually there are quite a few belief litmus tests for Christians, depending on tradition and denomination, as well as Christian groups that specifically forswear such litmus tests–creeds–as unchristian.