Douglas MacKinnon

As such, I just wish he (and other Christian leaders) would do a better job of defending themselves.

Do I want a religious litmus test for any elected official? Absolutely not. None. Zero. That said, I'd rather not see my faith smeared and attacked time and again by those on the far left who are pushing a socialist agenda.

Whether he or his campaign want to admit it or not, Gov. Romney's faith has not only already become an issue, but is a focal point of attack by the smear-merchants of the far left. While at the moment, Maureen Dowd of the New York Times is carrying the baton for those attacks, others on the far left are sprinting to her side to expand the attacks against Romney and his faith.

Once again, why? Because they believe that he won't defend himself, and more importantly, because they can count.

They remember that Obama won a few states by razor-thin margins in 2008. For them now, it's all about voter suppression. They know that between 2004 and 2008 somewhere between 3 million to 4 million Republican voters stayed home. They want and need to match or exceed that number in 2012.

In their bigoted minds, one of the easiest ways to suppress the Romney vote come November would be to create doubt about him and his faith.

They also know that not only will virtually no one from the mainstream media call them on this vile attack, but many (along with the "entertainment" community) will join them in this un-American campaign.

Maureen Dowd, Time magazine and other liberal outlets have mockingly telegraphed their intentions. The only question left being will these Christian politicians defend themselves, their faith and their very rights as American citizens?

In 2012, a backbone will be a huge plus to most voters.

Douglas MacKinnon

Douglas MacKinnon is a former White House and Pentagon official and author of The Secessionist States of America. (Skyhorse Publishing, 2014)

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