Although the U.S. Constitution bans any religious test for public office, Texas Gov. Rick Perry is out with a new ad that plays up his Christian faith and hints darkly at a “war on religion” being waged by the Obama administration. Check it out:
Wait, our children can’t openly celebrate Christmas? That’s odd, because I couldn’t help but notice Christmas decorations everywhere, Christmas music — much of which makes reference to Jesus‘ birth — all over the radio and plenty of people wishing each other “Merry Christmas.” We’re being pretty open about it.
Perry’s remark about gays serving openly in the military is the most telling thing about this ad. Here, you have a group people who are denied the right to marry the person of their choice in most states, who nonetheless are willing to stand to arms to defend the country. That he would spurn such patriotism and nobility on the part of his fellow citizens says far more about Perry’s character than anything else. Perry may not be ashamed to be a Christian, but he should be ashamed that his conception of Christianity would drive him to create an officially discriminatory policy as commander in chief.
And that’s really the point, isn’t it? This country welcomes people of all faiths, and of no faith at all, with the simple understanding that we establish no religions and prohibit none. Perry here is essentially promising to govern based on the tenets of his religion, at least as he perceives them. That’s not only un-American, it should disqualify him from the presidency, inasmuch as he cannot take the oath of office to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution — if you’ll pardon the pun — in good faith.
Something tells me that we won’t have to worry about it for much longer, however.