August 16, 2011

Rick Perry and the Seven Mountains

Jefferson's concept of "a wall of separation between Church and State" benefits not only citizens, but politicians as well. Politicians' personal religious beliefs should be of no consequence to their constituents because they can't impose their religion on their constituents through the government. But what if acquiring governmental authority is actually part of a politician's religious belief system? Should citizens still consider questions about that politician's political beliefs off-limits?

Per the Texas Observer, the recent religious gathering hosted by now-declared Presidential candidate Rick Perry was peppered with speakers who advocate a worldview known as Seven Mountains Dominionism, which believes that the fundamental institutions of society (the Seven Mountains) should be taken over by Evangelical Christians in order to usher in the Millennium and the second coming of Christ.

I think we have the right to question political candidates about their religious beliefs when those religious beliefs are synonymous with their political beliefs. So, I would like to ask Gov. Perry, "Sir, do you believe that you have been called of God to become President of the United States in order to bring about the second coming of Christ?"