The Role of Religion at the RNC

Friday, August 24, 2012

The Republican National Convention will run from Monday to Thursday next week and attendees will hear from some of the biggest names in politics.  

They’ll also be hearing from some of the biggest names in religion. Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York will give the convention’s closing prayer after Mitt Romney accepts the nomination for president on Thursday night.

Religion and politics are nothing new. Since George W. Bush won the presidency with the help of religious voters, both sides have looked to add a prayer service to their party. But Anna Sale, reporter for It's a Free Country, wants to know: will we hear the M-word? How will Mitt Romney's Mormonism be highlighted — or avoided?

Guests:

Anna Sale

Produced by:

Brad Mielke

Comments [3]

John Devine from Jersey City

Republicans have been seeking to codify their religion, Christianity, in secular law for the last forty years. The type of government they advocate most closely resembles the governments of Iran, Saudi Arabia, Yemen and Pakistan where the dominant religion IS the government.
In the United States, resistance to the governmental imposition of Christianity is called "attacking Christianity".

As for Mr. Dolan, he protected and enabled child rapists. When the victims sued and won, Mr. Dolan refused to pay. Although Court ordered forensic accountants, found more than enough money to pay the judgement, Mr. Dolan simply claimed that those funds had been set aside to pay for the maintenance of cemetery grounds. Although his actions are very Christian, they do not seem to have anything to do with the philosophy of Jesus Christ.

Aug. 24 2012 04:19 PM
Jan from Plainfield NJ

Can no one see the elephant in the room? It is very worrisome that the matter of a candidate's faith figures so prominently in the election news coverage. The word "diversity" can not properly describe any presidential election, until we also have a candidate who is an atheist. OK, I'll settle for an agnostic candidate.
Doesn't freedom of religion also mean freedom from religion?

Aug. 24 2012 03:24 PM
Ed from Larchmont

Hurrah for Cardinal Dolan, he's wonderful. Mormonism is a very moral, family oriented faith. These days, with the attacks of the atheists and secularists, people of faith work together first and work on disagreements afterward.

Aug. 24 2012 06:08 AM

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