After three presidential debates, there were plenty of things that America noticed about both candidates, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. Conservative actor and commentator Chuck Norris, however, noticed something about the moderating panels in all three debates — and it’s something he thinks doesn’t augur well for America.
“The Sixth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution prohibits religious tests for the presidency, but it doesn’t prohibit the exercise, discussion or debate about a president’s faith, or their views of the role of religion in our republic,” Norris wrote in a column for WND.
“In fact, the First Amendment secures the exercise of our religious preferences and free speech, as a right for every American, including the president.
“Nevertheless, in all three presidential debates, not a single question was asked about the candidates’ personal faith. In roughly five hours of the national broadcasts, not one question was asked about the role of religion in our republic, either, save the mainstream media’s intoxication with Donald Trump’s alleged anti-Muslim views,” Norris said.
“Even at the vice presidential debate, the moderator asked the two candidates: ‘You have both been open about the role that faith has played in your lives. Can you discuss in detail a time when you struggled to balance your personal faith and a public policy position?’” Norris pointed out.
“Wouldn’t that have also been a great question to hear the presidential candidates answer?”
To Norris, the fact that they weren’t asked was a big red flag — especially with the crises facing American Christians.
“We need a new president who understands and advocates real religious liberty and a nationwide re-education of the truths and our rights in the First Amendment,” Norris wrote. “We are light years away from our founders’ original intent for the First Amendment or their understanding of the role of religion in America, which was to produce and maintain civility and morality.”
He then quoted George Washington’s farewell address:
“Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism, who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness, these firmest props of the duties of men and citizens,” Washington wrote.
“The mere politician, equally with the pious man, ought to respect and to cherish them. A volume could not trace all their connections with private and public felicity. Let it simply be asked: Where is the security for property, for reputation, for life, if the sense of religious obligation desert the oaths which are the instruments of investigation in courts of justice? And let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education on minds of peculiar structure, reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.”
In a time when American Christians are facing the first real pushback against our faith in American history, Norris is right. The faith and convictions of our presidential candidates are vitally important, and America needs to have that information before we go to the polls. Let’s hope that someone asks.
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