Wrong. Faith guides and often transcends intellect and reason, but it does not require its suspension. Is the governor really suggesting that
The greatest irony of the governor?s invocation of
Much the same can be said of the Civil Rights movement. When Martin Luther King, Jr., wrote his Letter from Birmingham Jail, he invoked Augustine and Aquinas in support of defying an unjust law.
So why should contemporary religiously inspired concerns be held to a different standard, as people are trying to do today? Our sixteenth president, for one, would have found the idea astonishing.
For further reading and information:
Governor Mario Cuomo, ?Religious Belief and Public Morality: A Catholic Governor?s Perspective,? Remarks delivered at Notre Dame University, 13 September 1984. (Courtesy of the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life.)
See also the transcript of the Pew Forum event, ?Religion on the Stump: Politics and Faith in America,?
Roberto Rivera y Carlo, ?First Things First: Voting and the Sanctity of Life,? Boundless,
BreakPoint Commentary No. 030212, ?Strength for Anxious Days: Lincoln?s Spiritual Leadership.?
BreakPoint Commentary No. 030922, ?Sorely Needed Wisdom: Wrestling with Genesis.?
Martin Luther King, Jr., Letter from a Birmingham Jail,
Arthur F. Holmes, ?Wanted: Christian Scholars!? BreakPoint WorldView, July/August 2003.
Nigel M. de S. Cameron, God and Caesar: The Logic of Christian Political Responsibility, The Wilberforce Forum.
Ted Olsen, ?Weblog: Is the Republican Convention More Secular Than the Democratic One Was?? Christianity Today,