Is Obama a Secret Muslim? The Role of Reputation in Politics | Porch Dog:Sadly, this is too true. It also encapsulates my deep suspicion of politicians that like to make hay out of their Catholicism.* (And no, not just the pro-abortion ones.)
Furthermore, as I’ve already said on this blog, regardless of whether a president, in his private life is a Muslim, Christian, Jew, Hindu, Buddhist, or “other” he (or she) is certain to violate more than a few of their religions’ tenets. That is to say, they will violate so many in the course of governing the country that they can hardly even be considered religious at all. Not only will they violate these tenets they 1) enter the profession knowing it will call upon them to do so and 2) they will persist in the profession even after they have done so and knowing they will be called on to do it again–which violates any reasonable standard of penance for their sinning. So unless we adopt a Weberian model of the suffering political martyr who condemns his own soul to Hell so that others don’t have to, we have to admit that politicians are never of the faith they profess.
Anyone with principals considering going into politics ought to think on this passage and either prepare a rebuttal or abandon their plans. And everyone who persists in thinking politicians have principals ought to similarly prepare a rebuttal or abandon their delusions.
* Not because it's wrong for Catholics in particular to do this, but because I'm personally most familiar with the tenets of the R.C.Ch. and because the Church spells out their tenets in a much more explicit way that do, for instance, the Methodists. On the other hand I remember reading some old letters of Augustine about whether it was proper for Catholics to be soldiers, the gist of which was that Holy men can fight the spiritual fight, but someone still needs to do the dirty work here on Earth. At the very best this should get us "political martyrs" who are begrudgingly shouldering the dirty work, not the self-aggrandizing let's-throw-inaugural-balls-with-red-white-and-blue-bunting-then-name-a-freeway-after-me cads we have now. Which in turn brings us right back to The Republic of Conscience in which "public leaders ... weep to atone for their presumption to hold office."