COMMENTARY: Of Protestants, politicians and power

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(RNS) It would be an error to underestimate or write off the Protestant influence in the American political arena. But with the rapid demographic and sociological changes now underway, get ready for Hindus, Jews, Hispanics, Buddhists, Muslims, gays, women, atheists and many other groups to head up future presidential tickets. By A. James Rudin.

  • Yuri Gregoroich

    I am not understanding the line “For the first time since Abraham Lincoln ran in 1860, no white Protestant will be on the ticket of either major party.”

    Lincoln’s religious views are complex and a lot of contradictory information and statements exist regarding his ideas at different moments of his life. A simple wikipedia search would have pointed out to you that, “Abraham Lincoln’s religious beliefs are a matter of unsettled discussion” so why the author would carelessly through in such a distracting line of questionable accuracy is beyond my guess.

    Secondly, even if Lincoln was not a Protestant (no matter how broadly we are defining the term) there were other men on other tickets in the 1860 election. Remember that in 1860 the election was a 4 way contest so you had 8 guys total running for President or VP.

    Southern Democratic candidate John C. Breckinridge (who had been the Vice President under Buchanan) was a Presbyterian. Without even looking into the backgrounds of any of the other candidates it is enough to merit a correction to this story.