Mark Levin reminds me of an old battered car with bad brakes and stinky exhaust. He’s noisy and belligerent and obnoxious.
In his list of qualities he’d like to see in the next Republican nominee, Levin includes “faith.” Yes, the next president should not be afraid to stand up and express his belief in God. And if you don’t like it, too damn bad. Levin will “school” you and tell you to shut the hell up (right after telling you how intolerant you are), just as he did this caller. Are you rolling your eyes yet?
Levin doesn’t understand that our founders gave citizens freedom of religion and freedom from religion, that no religious test was required for our leaders. He asks the caller how many times God is mentioned in the Declaration. You can see for yourself how many times God, church or religion are referenced in the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence. Apparently, Levin doesn’t know himself.
I don’t have a problem with our president believing in God. If it brings her comfort to believe in a creator, if he holds out hope for an afterlife, fine. I just don’t want him or her to bring God to work. We don’t vote in a deity. We vote in a human. That human should be able to do his job without consulting God or Thor or his mum and dad. In fact, we shouldn’t even know if our leaders believe in God or not. That’s of little relevance.
While knowing a person’s faith is likely to inspire admiration in some Americans, it’s likely to repulse a growing number of us. (Ahem, Mitt Romney.) We don’t need to know your religion, your favorite past-time or if you believe in love at first sight. I don’t want to know what you do with your down time or if you get on your knees to pray at bedtime. I want to know instead: Are you competent? Are you honest with yourself and others? Will you do the right thing, even if it means you will face criticism? (Yes, every American should have access to the same healthcare they provide for their representatives.) Are you analytical, fair, diplomatic, wise? These are the qualities that will help all of us, regardless of what we do or do not believe.
Levin assumes that America’s founders had belief in God. But that’s quite an assumption—do we really know what our friends and family (and his listeners) believe about the existence of God, much less strangers who lived over two-hundred years ago? I’d bet that Levin is unaware of the atheists and skeptics living in his midst, perhaps even under his roof. I know some readers here can relate.
Levin may be shooting himself in the foot. As more of us move away from religiosity, we may perceive “a declaration of faith” as a declaration of weakness. Our president should not have to lean on his faith to do his job–or to get elected.