There have been many efforts to convince John Kerry to wear his religion on his sleeve during the next few weeks when a slight bump among those of almost any faith could make the difference.
I doubt he’ll do it. And I’ll be glad if he doesn’t. And that’s not just because around my temple, we still pretty much consider him to be as Jewish as Joe Lieberman.
This is an area where Kerry and his running mate seem to be in complete agreement. Check out this excerpt from my earlier post The Unnatural:
During a pivotal period in his run for the Senate, Edwards had been inadvertently scheduled for an important campaign event that included supporters and potential supporters who expected him there, period. But Edwards was already booked during that block of time. It happened to be on a Sunday morning just when he always went to Church. Some on his staff explained that this was no problem. In fact, the Senator could turn the double-booking into an advantage. Edwards merely had to publicize the fact that he was unwilling to miss Church that morning, and he would simultaneously be able to get out of the other event and more importantly, position himself well among religious voters who would be impressed that Edwards wasn’t the type to put politics above more important Sunday morning rituals. Easy fix, right?
For Edwards, wrong. The Senator had a long-standing policy of keeping religion out of politics and never using his faith as a magnet for votes. So he went to Church, skipped the event and took the heat. Turns out the political natural everyone would soon be talking about wasn’t so politically natural after all.
The marketing of religion is its second lowest use. The lowest is legislating according to it. As John Kerry explained during the town hall debate:
“I can’t take what is an article of faith for me and legislate it for someone who doesn’t share that article of faith, whether they be agnostic, atheist, Jew, Protestant, whatever. I can’t do that.”
That seems to be a statement that is wildly obvious. It’s anything but.