Suddenly, the interwebnettubes are ablaze with advice for presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney about how he should talk about his faith with the voters. Politico had a piece about it this morning, and Jacques Berlinerblau has a piece on the Washington Post website about it as well.
Both pieces, to some extent, urge Romney to be more open about discussing his faith with voters, which he’s thus far seemed reluctant to do.
But that’s the wrong advice, for many reasons, not least of which is that Romney has already given the perfect answer to the faith-and-politics question. He did it in October here at the Review-Journal editorial board, site of his infamous “hit bottom” remark about home foreclosures.
Asked about the role his faith would play in his public life, Romney simply responded that his faith makes him honest and gives him the desire to serve others. But when it comes to making day-to-day decisions as president, the doctrines of any particular church don’t come into play.
That’s what he should say on the trail, too. And while it’s sad and disappointing that some voters will choose not to vote for him because he’s a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, campaigning on faith to get votes is worse. It would be nice to think we’re moving toward a society where a person’s intelligence, experience, qualifications and skills–not their personal beliefs about God–are the key factors in choosing a leader. The sooner the candidates help us get to that place, the better off we’ll all be.