Liberty University Invites Catholic Presidential Hopeful Jeb Bush to Address Students

BushLYNCHBURG, Va. — The world’s largest evangelical university welcomed practicing Roman Catholic and brother of former president George W. Bush to speak to students on spiritual matters on Saturday as he considers his run for president of the United States.

Jeb Bush, a former Episcopalian, converted to Roman Catholicism in 1996—the faith of his Mexican-born wife Columba. He spoke about religious freedom in America to over 30,000 students at Liberty University during this weekend’s commencement ceremony.

“How strange, in our own time, to hear Christianity spoken of as some sort of backward and oppressive force,” Bush said. “Outside these seven thousand acres of shared conviction, it’s a depressing fact that when some people think of Christianity and of Judeo-Christian values, they think of something static, narrow, and outdated.”

“We can take this as unfair criticism, as it typically is, or we can take it as further challenge to show in our lives the most dynamic, inclusive, and joyful message that ever came into the world,” he continued. “These are the days, as Chesterton remarked, in which Christians are expected to praise every faith but their own.”

Bush made reference to Roman Catholic figures in his speech on a few occasions, stating that Christianity is “a voice like no other, whether it is captured on scrolls and paper, or in bits of data; seen in the example of Francis the saint, or of Francis the pope…”

He also spoke of recent situations where the government has applied unjust requirements on religious groups, such the Obamacare abortion pill mandate, which was challenged by a number of faith-based entities, including the Catholic organization Little Sisters of the Poor.

“So we find officials in a major city demanding that pastors turn over copies of their sermons. Or federal judges mistaking themselves for elected legislators, and imposing restrictions and rights that do not exist in the Constitution,” Bush said. “Or an agency dictating to a Catholic charity, the Little Sisters of the Poor, what has to go in their health plan—and never mind objections of conscience.”

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“I don’t know about you, but I’m betting that when it comes to doing the right and good thing, the Little Sisters of the Poor know better than the regulators at the Department of Health and Human Services,” he continued. “From the standpoint of religious freedom, you might even say it’s a choice between the Little Sisters and Big Brother—and I’m going with the Sisters.”

While the former governor of Florida did not mention his potential run for president, he did outline whether or not he believes one’s faith should influence their decisions in government. He stated that he believes a variety of religions—as well as unbelievers—share common moral values.

“It can be a touchy subject, and I am asked sometimes whether I would ever allow my decisions in government to be influenced by my Christian faith. Whenever I hear this, I know what they want me to say,” he stated. “The simple and safe reply is, “No. Never. Of course not.” If the game is political correctness, that’s the answer that moves you to the next round. The endpoint is a certain kind of politician we’ve all heard before—the guy whose moral convictions are so private, so deeply personal, that he refuses even to impose them on himself.”

“The mistake is to confuse points of theology with moral principles that are knowable to reason as well as by faith,” Bush said. “And this confusion is all part of a false narrative that casts religious Americans as intolerant scolds, running around trying to impose their views on everyone.”

He therefore called for unity between those of different beliefs, as well as those those who do not profess any faith.

“There is so much that we share in common, across all the lines of region, religion, and demography that are constantly being talked about,” Bush stated. “In my experience, at least, you generally find the same good instincts, fair-mindedness, and easygoing spirit among Americans of every type—including, of course, the many who belong to no church at all.”

“That’s a lot to work with, if the aim is to accept differences instead of exploiting them, and get on with life in this free country,” he said.

Liberty University has invited other Roman Catholics to address students in the past, including Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and former Congressman Newt Gingrich, as well as Mormons such as Glenn Beck and Mitt Romney.

Some expressed concern over this pattern following Bush’s appearance, including JD Hall of Pulpit & Pen.

“It would be one thing if a speaker like Jeb Bush came onto the stage and discussed his political aspirations, gave political commentary, and provided political solutions. But that’s not exclusively what happened,” he wrote. “Instead, rather, Bush merged politics with what he calls Christianity—which problematically is the Roman Catholic church.”

“For Jeb Bush, Roman Catholicism is the same as Christianity and he’s using the terms interchangeably from an ostensibly Christian podium,” he stated. “And tragically (but predictably), no one at the Christian university corrected him.”


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  • Bobby Mae

    Loving the anti-catholic sentiment… Not. Sad that Christians are fighting amongst themselves, but not at all surprising based on the attitudes of so many “Christians.” Catholics believe in the same God as you , give it up. You’re not somehow better than them.

    • Dave L

      Catholics believe in the Church and the Sacraments to save
      the. Most Evangelicals believe in their “free will” to save them, Christians
      believe in Christ to save them,

      • Bobby Mae

        Catholics are Christians. I don’t get why evangelicals love tearing down all other denominations. Maybe it’s because a certain type of people (less educated, argumentative, not traveled) are more likely to join the evangelical movement? I’m not sure.

        • Dave L

          The Bible says “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you
          will be saved”. Catholics and most Evangelicals alike believe on something
          other than Christ for salvation. For the Catholics and few others it is the
          Church and Sacraments they believe saves them. Most Evangelicals erroneously believe it is
          their “free will” that actually saves them. Christians on the other hand
          believe it is Christ’s payment for sin on the Cross in their place that saves
          them

          • Crono478

            Yes, it doesn’t matter if people are labelled as “Catholic”, “evangelical”, or “Christian”. What really matters is what fruit they display. That’s how we will know who they are really. This is why Jesus said that very few people will go through the narrow path to Heaven and so many people will go through a wide road to Hell.

            This is a good book that will explain about this in depth — www DOT freewonderfulbook DOT com/pdf/freewonderfulbook DOT pdf

          • LeftCoast

            Again??? SMH

      • LeftCoast

        Dave, where are you getting your info? Free will is not salvation, Jesus is my savior and forgiver of my sins and I’m a Pentecostal, running around the church, speaking in tongues evangelical. Free will is the way you decide to run your life either with or without God and no one can pick it for you. Dude, do yourself a favor and read and learn about free will, different churches and belief systems.

        • Dave L

          @LC; Most Evangelicals believe it is their decision to believe in Christ that saves them. As you say “Free will is the way you decide to run your life either with or without God and no one can pick it for you.” So, ultimately you trust in that “Work” to activate Christ’s sacrifice for your sins on the cross. Scripture teaches instead that God imparts the New Birth (salvation) to us enabling us to believe. John 1:12–13 “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: 13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

          • rainbomike

            Amen Dave!

          • http://bbcatholics.blogspot.com/ OneBreadOneBody

            Here’s the best explanation I’ve heard to counter this tedious calumny.

            Let’s suppose my wife gives me a wonderful book as a gift. I am so grateful to have received it that I tell everyone about it. I praise my wife for caring about me so much that she was willing to make a personal sacrifice to obtain it for me. But I never actually read it. It sits unopened on the shelf in a place of honor. So ask yourself this: did I actually receive the gift she gave me?

            It’s much the same way with salvation. We don’t do good works to obtain salvation. We actively participate in our salvation by living the Gospel in our lives. We have three choices: do evil, do nothing, or do good. Which do you suppose the Lord would have us do?

        • http://bbcatholics.blogspot.com/ OneBreadOneBody

          PS I too was a run-around-the-church tongues-speaking PentecostaI. I am a student of the Bible and did a lot of reading about the beliefs of other churches. Nobody duped me into becoming Catholic. Dude.

          • MisterPine

            I suspect we’d probably not get along on a lot of issues, what with me being agnostic, but I truly feel bad for you Catholics for the abuse you put up with from uneducated fundamentalist Christians. Mainly the arrogance, their 30 year old denomination is the real deal while your 2000 year old one is somehow wrong.

          • http://bbcatholics.blogspot.com/ OneBreadOneBody

            I’d rather debate an open-minded agnostic than a fundamentalist any day. At least they’ll listen to you and respond to what you actually said. BTW, you can find my blog by clicking on my profile. Happy to discuss anything, including the areas where we don’t “get along.” I’m not entirely antithetical to your point of view and there may be a lot more common ground than you suspect. (This post will get me condemned to Hell. Again.)

          • MisterPine

            Well I am really here to fight against what I consider to be hate from fundamentalists. Hate against other faiths (including Catholics), hate against homosexuals, hate against atheists, hate against anything that doesn’t warrant hatred. So as a Catholic I don’t expect we’ll see eye to eye on at least one of those things, but I know many Catholics who are quite open minded about all of them.

          • http://bbcatholics.blogspot.com/ OneBreadOneBody

            One never knows. Hate is, at its roots, no more than fear. But people tend to label as “hate” any speech that offends them. I would discuss any of those topics sanely and without rancor if you were willing. And I think you may have some misconceptions about me when I say I am “Catholic.” I would be happy to elaborate, but not in this forum.

          • LeftCoast

            That’s awesome dude, you at least put your nose in the Bible and figured it out on your own. Others, take what they hear and run with it.

    • Coach

      Ephesians 5:11 ” And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them.”

      Non-Christians are always quick to embrace false doctrine and say “hey we all follow the same God”

      Jude 1:11 “Woe to them! For they have gone in the way of Cain, have run greedily in the error of Balaam for profit, and perished in the rebellion of Korah.”

      • Bobby Mae

        Catholics are Christians. In heaven you won’t see a group for different denominations. Grow up

        • Coach

          13 “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. 14 Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it. Matthew 7:13-14

          • Bobby Mae

            And that applies to my ccomment how? I suppose your denomination is the only narrow one? Lol

          • Coach

            No, hell is full of people from different denominations. Jesus Himself is the narrow gate. You can’t claim Him if you don’t know Him. False converts will have it worse on judgement day than atheists. Jude1:4 For certain men have crept in unnoticed, who long ago were marked out for this condemnation, ungodly men, who turn the grace of our God into lewdness and deny the only Lord God and our Lord Jesus Christ.

            You can’t even come to Christ without first acknowledging Him as Lord. Romans 10:9 that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.

            Or do you think God is blind and unable to see through your superficiality. If you want your sin, keep it, but if you want Christ, you can’t have both.

            Matthew 5:29 If your right eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell.

    • rainbomike

      No one stated they are better. The difference is that those that have been born again by the Holy Spirit have been saved through the finished work of Christ and are trusting in Christ alone. The catholic church is a works-centered man-made religious organization which has nothing to do with the truth of our God. May the Lord open your eyes Bobby to the truth of who Jesus truly is: the only One who can save you from the wrath of God. Your works and the catholic church can not do this.

      • Bobby Mae

        Catholics don’t believe works get you to heaven, rainbowmike

  • FoJC_Forever

    Under the US Constitution, Catholics have the right to practice their religion, but it is still paganism masquerading as Christianity. Those who embrace it, embrace Eternal Damnation.

    • MisterPine

      Catholic-hating fundies are hilarious. You don’t even respect the faith that your own sprang from. No wonder atheists don’t take you seriously…you even hate on your own kind.

      “Pagan”! Too funny. How come Jesus is on every cross in every Catholic Church I’ve ever been to if they’re pagans?

      • FoJC_Forever

        Catholicism isn’t Christianity, and it never has been. You information is incorrect, as usual.

        • MisterPine

          And as usual you continue to fight with established history texts, the dictionary, and reality.

          • FoJC_Forever

            History isn’t Truth. It’s merely a person’s or group’s view of what has happened in the past.

            The only way to know Truth is to know Jesus (the) Christ.

          • MisterPine

            That is your opinion. It may be disputed.

            What CANNOT be disputed is that Catholics are Christians. Historical accounts aside, they are defined as the very essence of Christians. They follow the teachings of Jesus Christ. They follow the Bible. Just because you disagree with some of their practices does not negate any of these facts.

          • FoJC_Forever

            No it is not, it is God’s Word. You can dispute all you want, but you are wrong.

            Catholics do not follow Jesus Christ, nor have they been baptized by Him with His Spirit. The people who crucified Jesus followed much of the Law, yet did not know His Word.

            It is not my disagreement of their practices that makes them wrong, it’s that they are against God Will and Word. Catholics do not know Jesus.

          • MisterPine

            Wrong. I was raised Catholic for the first years of my life. That was where I learned about Jesus Christ. That was where I learned about his birth, death and resurrection. And the Bible. All of it.

            You’re taking some of the earliest people to be called Christians and telling me that they weren’t Christian at all. The enormity of how wrong you are is shocking – because EVERYONE, including atheists and 5th graders, knows that Catholics are Christians. The very DICTIONARY states they are. Do you know better than the dictionary? Is the dictionary wrong?

            Do you know ANYTHING about history? Do you know what the Protestant Reformation was? How could it have even taken PLACE if Catholics were not Christians? Do you not realize that every denomination (apart from Orthodox) that is not Catholic and is still Christian is, by definition, Protestant?

            Give your head a long, hard, shake to dislodge whatever common sense is stuck.

          • FoJC_Forever

            The Jews who wanted Jesus crucified were very learned in the Law and Prophets. They were taught this from a very young age, yet they completely rejected God when He was walking in the flesh among them.

            Your problem is that you don’t actually know the Scriptures. All you know is a manipulated account of history made to make Catholicism look like Christianity.

            Judgement is coming.

          • MisterPine

            Hello? What part of CATHOLICS ARE CHRISTIANS IN THE DICTIONARY are you not understanding? That means it’s a fact. You’ve been lied to by some fundie pastor. You lose. History wins.

          • FoJC_Forever

            You believe a dictionary is the Word of God and equivalent to Scripture? That’s just sad.

          • MisterPine

            We don’t know that it IS the word of God. But we DO know the dictionary is factual.

          • FoJC_Forever

            I know the Word of God. You can too if you will submit your will to God and let Him teach you.

          • MisterPine

            Faith is meaningless. Faith causes people to fly airplanes into buildings. Facts and truth are what matters.

          • FoJC_Forever

            You will find yourself to be in grave error when you stand before the God.

            Judgement is coming.

          • MisterPine

            I think we both know that’s not going to happen.

          • FoJC_Forever

            I know, but you have no idea yet. You have submitted to unrighteousness, so your understanding has been darkened.

          • MisterPine

            Don’t even for a moment pretend you have any better idea than me or anyone else what happens after this life is over just because you follow a faith.

          • FoJC_Forever

            I’m not pretending.

          • MisterPine

            Well, you are wrong regardless.

          • FoJC_Forever

            Faith doesn’t. Faith, the actual kind, comes from hearing and hearing by the Word of God. God has never inspired nor instructed anyone to fly a plane into a building.

          • MisterPine

            There is no difference between your faith and anyone else’s. You all think you are following God.

          • FoJC_Forever

            Huge difference, but you are in Darkness and cannot see.

          • MisterPine

            You are in no position to know that.

          • Bobby Mae

            Catholics dont follow Jesus Christ? You’re an idiot

        • http://bbcatholics.blogspot.com/ OneBreadOneBody

          Unfortunately for you, Christianity was not invented in the sixteenth century. If it hadn’t been for the Catholic Church you might very likely be reading gnostic Gospels today and your doctrine wold be corrupted by the dozens of heresies the Catholic Church defended Herself against. Even if you’re not Catholic, you still owe a great debt to the shoulders upon which Luther, Calvin and Zwingli stood.

          • FoJC_Forever

            You are wrong. I owe only Jesus (the ) Christ a great debt for my Salvation and relationship with Him. The history you read affirms the false religion of Catholicism as being Christianity, only because history has been intentionally taught to mislead.

            Catholicism is paganism masquerading as Christianity. It is now as it has always been, a Lie.

          • http://bbcatholics.blogspot.com/ OneBreadOneBody

            So if I am a Catholic I am not saved? What if I were saved when I was a Protestant? Am I still saved? If my soul is in danger of damnation then either you don’t care (which is a sin), or you are trying to win me to Christ. If so, attacking my beliefs is a terrible way to go about it.

          • http://bbcatholics.blogspot.com/ OneBreadOneBody

            I would be most willing to read a history of Christianity that does not mislead, one in which the history of Evangelical protestantism can be traced back to the Disciples. Any sources for me?

          • FoJC_Forever

            A slick question. You want me to identify with Evangelical Protestantism in lieu of Catholicism. Another way to dig for information about my past and present, so you can construct future attacks accordingly. I know your kind well. You are calculating and predatory, but you won’t find me to be your prey.

            You, like many, only look to the natural for your understanding of God and Jesus Christ. Instead of having an actual relationship with the LORD, you have a relationship with a religious sect and doctrine. One which is obviously in error. For you and your kind, God is simply someone to be understood by reading text on a page, rather than a living being who speaks and communes with His children now.

            Catholicism is paganism masquerading as Christianity. I don’t have to prove it to anyone. God will prove it to anyone who wants to know Him by His Word and the Witness of the Holy Spirit. Catholicism has a stringent history of abusing people, incorporating and twisting pagan traditions around pseudo-Christian doctrine, and leading the way in wiping out entire cultures, not to mention the trademark fruit of priests who sexually prey upon boys. The spirits which govern Catholicism are quite powerful, as demons go, and will attempt to wreak havoc in the lives of those who refuse to bow their knee to them. Fortunately, those who know Jesus have authority over these spirits.

            Interesting that you left Evangelical Protestantism to be an Atheist, then chose the most heinous of all blasphemous religions. Atheism prepares a person for Catholicism.

          • http://bbcatholics.blogspot.com/ OneBreadOneBody

            You got it wrong. I went from atheism back to Evangelicalism. Then, by studying the Bible and reading books from a variety of viewpoints (mostly Protestant) I CHOSE to join the Catholic Church. So actually YOUR religion prepared me for Catholicism.

            Yes I’m a crafty one all right. So let’s leave out the evangelical protestantism part. Consider this: if you believe that there has always been a faithful remnant of Christ’s true church since His death. where is the evidence of that? Have the true followers of Christ throughout history carefully avoided leaving a written record so that thousands of years later the only written history of the Christian Church would be that of the pagan Roman Catholic one? Or can we learn something about the early church by reading the writings of those who were only one or two generations removed from the Disciples? These are called the Patristic texts and if you read them (though I doubt you will because Protestants avoid them like the plague) you will discover that the Church less than a century after Jesus’ death was essentially Catholic as we understand it today.

            Now, having said all that, I will answer your insult. My relationship with Jesus Christ is just as tangible and Spirit-filled as yours but because I don’t share your hatred of the Catholic Church you arrogantly assume that I am natural-minded, not spiritual-minded like you.

            The fact is simply this: you would rather win an argument than win my soul to Christ. So, unless you are willing to have a rational debate, I will not dignify your hateful comments with any further replies.

          • FoJC_Forever

            You are simply spreading the same lies others have over the centuries. Catholics have never been Christians. They are part of the people the Apostle Paul warned were coming after his death. The Scriptures clearly indicate they are not Christian, but you seem to think other writings are more important and trump this Reality.

          • http://bbcatholics.blogspot.com/ OneBreadOneBody

            More irrational ranting.

          • MisterPine

            I think you’ll find that bearing false witness against your neighbor is a sin. You’re lying about Catholics. Doesn’t that concern you? Are you preparing mentally for hell?

          • FoJC_Forever

            I already know that Truth.

            I am not lying.

            It concerns me that so many people are fooled by Catholicism. It’s no surprise that atheists will defend them, since their pope said a “good atheist” can go to Heaven when he or she dies.

            No. I’m already in the Kingdom of God.

          • MisterPine

            You are lying. You’re probably not aware that you’re lying, but you’re lying.

            Catholicism existed hundreds and hundreds of years before your little fundamentalist hate cult did, and you have the nerve to tell THEM they aren’t Christians? It’s like a chihuahua nipping at the heels of a dinosaur. Get a clue. Get a history book, too. And a dictionary.

            You’re not in the kingdom of God. You’re deluded.

          • FoJC_Forever

            You have no idea of the origin of Christianity. You are simply another parrot repeating the Lies told around you.

          • MisterPine

            You don’t even know that Catholics are Christians. Tell me why I, or anyone else, should take you seriously.

          • FoJC_Forever

            You’re an Unbeliever. I don’t expect you to “take me seriously”. You are here merely to banter and harass. Now, you’ve suddenly become a defender of Catholicism, which is no surprise, since Catholicism is a false religion.

          • MisterPine

            It has nothing to do with belief. It has to do with having the ability to read a history text and a dictioinary, which is more than anyone needs to know that Catholics are Christians and you are a fundamentalist bigot.

          • Bobby Mae

            Are you this bitter in person? Wherever you’re going after you die, I wouldn’t want to be headed to the same place

          • FoJC_Forever

            I’m not bitter, and you have made it abundantly clear you want no part of being in the presence of God.

          • http://bbcatholics.blogspot.com/ OneBreadOneBody

            I think we’re wasting our breath.

          • MisterPine

            No, the most heinous of all blasphemous religions is fundamentalism of any stripe. You people will literally kill for your beliefs. Catholics are at the VERY least reasonable people. You, on the other hand, are not.

          • Nick_from_Detroit

            Gee, thanks for the compliment, Mr. Pine. I’m glad that you can admit that I’m reasonable. I almost feel sorry for the replies that I just posted.
            Almost.

          • MisterPine

            I haven’t figured you out exactly. You don’t talk like any Catholic I have ever experienced. Perhaps you were a fundamentalist in a previous life or something.

          • FoJC_Forever

            Catholicism doesn’t trace back to he first Disciples. It is a twisted, pagan version of Christianity grown and cultivated by the Devil to lead people astray. People want it, so they embrace it.

          • http://bbcatholics.blogspot.com/ OneBreadOneBody

            That’s a tautology. You yourself embrace what you want.

          • http://bbcatholics.blogspot.com/ OneBreadOneBody

            And you still haven’t answered my question. Am I still saved or am I not? If I am, then there’s no point to this discussion. But if I am not, then why do you condemn me for falling into error? Shouldn’t you be more concerned about the fate of my soul than winning an argument?

          • FoJC_Forever

            I don’t have to answer your questions. So, you might as well quit complaining about it.

            I’m not condemning anyone. Only God can Judge, and He has Judged Catholicism as being against His Will.

            I’m not trying to win the argument. This is what you’re trying to do. I’m simply stating the Truth to you… over and over again, because you continue to respond.

          • http://bbcatholics.blogspot.com/ OneBreadOneBody

            Gosh, I didn’t realize the results were in.

          • http://bbcatholics.blogspot.com/ OneBreadOneBody

            You’re right, and I predict you will respond to this quote.

      • FoJC_Forever

        My Faith comes from hearing God’s Word, Jesus (the) Christ. you keep thinking Christianity is simply a religion and not the description of the relationship, via Covenant, I have with God. God isn’t an idea or a concept, He is God, the Creator. You’re about opinion and personal belief, Christianity is about Truth.

        Jesus is alive. Jesus is now. Jesus is available if you want to receive Salvation. You simply have to call upon Him and ask Him to save you from your Sin. He will respond. Then you will know Truth.

    • http://bbcatholics.blogspot.com/ OneBreadOneBody

      So if Jeb Bush gets the nomination, are you going to vote for Hillarious C? She’s not Catholic.

      Did it ever occur to you that Catholics and Evangelicals are on the same side on virtually all social issues? Tearing down potential Republican nominees over five-century-old divisions in the church is pretty much shooting yourself in the foot. We’re not going to resolve our differences any time soon, and certainly not before the election. So why not suck it up and accept that the nominee that most closely reflects your values may end up being Catholic?

      • FoJC_Forever

        Voting for a lesser evil is still voting for evil. If there is a candidate which will actually function as the POTUS is intended, they’d be worth a vote. As it stands now, 2016 will be nothing more than the same old political lies and image selling as previous elections. The gov’t is broken and full of corruption. A new POTUS isn’t going to solve the problem.

        Many will fall for the same lines as many did in previous elections. The people most personally benefited will think the new POTUS is great, and the rest will complain and try to fight the agendas being pushed upon all Americans. Meanwhile, the country continues its journey into Darkness.

        • http://bbcatholics.blogspot.com/ OneBreadOneBody

          Never does, but it’s still better to have one in office we can respect.

          • FoJC_Forever

            Really? Someone will be elected POTUS in 2016? You seriously think that observation is a basis for telling people to vote for someone who is obviously no different than the trove of lying, corrupt politicians preceding him or her? (Rhetorical questions)

            The only people who can respect a lying, corrupt politician are people who are liars and corrupt.

            Christians need to do God’s Will and seek His Kingdom and His Righteousness, not be led about by lying politicians, false religions, and false religious leaders.

          • http://bbcatholics.blogspot.com/ OneBreadOneBody

            Then you should renounce your U.S. citizenship and move to the Kingdom.

        • http://bbcatholics.blogspot.com/ OneBreadOneBody

          And someone WILL be elected. What do you suppose will happen if Christians sit this one out?

  • Tim

    “So we find officials in a major city demanding that pastors turn over copies of their sermons. Or federal judges mistaking themselves for elected legislators, and imposing restrictions and rights that do not exist in the Constitution,” Bush said. “Or an agency dictating to a Catholic charity, the Little Sisters of the Poor, what has to go in their health plan—and never mind objections of conscience.” “I don’t know about you, but I’m betting that when it comes to doing the right and good thing, the Little Sisters of the Poor know better than the regulators at the Department of Health and Human Services,” he continued. “From the standpoint of religious freedom, you might even say it’s a choice between the Little Sisters and Big Brother—and I’m going with the Sisters.”
    While the former governor of Florida did not mention his potential run for president, he did outline whether or not he believes one’s faith should influence their decisions in government. He stated that he believes a variety of religions—as well as unbelievers—share common moral values.
    “It can be a touchy subject, and I am asked sometimes whether I would ever allow my decisions in government to be influenced by my Christian faith. Whenever I hear this, I know what they want me to say,” he stated. “The simple and safe reply is, “No. Never. Of course not.” If the game is political correctness, that’s the answer that moves you to the next round. The endpoint is a certain kind of politician we’ve all heard before—the guy whose moral convictions are so private, so deeply personal, that he refuses even to impose them on himself.”

    I believe Jeb has some of this right. He recognizes some of the critical decisions that have been made and I want to emphasize this because I see the fluidity of decisions coming down the court systems and the “political correctness” issue he is speaking about. We currently have states that make legislation so difficult first to understand, second to apply statutes for single individual instances that are so fluid these issues keep cropping back up over and over again. (Just look at the debates going on right here). Equality will always be a monumental effort to achieve as long as we continue to interpret fairness based on one after another different laws that would seem fair to one group of people and unfair to another group of people. Bringing up the constitution doesn’t help, clearly the system of courts in each state live by the states constitution more so than the actual Constitution of the United States. The question then becomes, what state do you want to live in? Instead of, living in the United States of America can change without giving up traditions, beliefs, prejudice, and more agreement on what the Government will do for us as citizens. I’ve been told the Repubs are pro religion, and the Dem’s are pro fairness. To me that is a ridiculous assumption. In the next election we currently have two candidates that are Democrat (one being an independent democrat whatever that means) and we have numerous Republican candidates. Until the theater of Democrats start showing up to run, how can anyone determine (other than by guessing or bias) what the field is going to look like for our next President? Ok, that was my rant of the day.