Paul Ryan said today that President Obama compromises "those Judeo-Christian, Western civilization values that made us such a great and exceptional nation in the first place." Ryan is wrong, of course. It is a sad and desperate religious attack against a faithful Christian from a politician who cannot debate on the issues. Our politics should be better.I've endorsed President Obama because of his values. He cares about the "least of these" in society. Barack Obama believes that we are our brother's keeper, our sister's keeper. That is why he has fought for health care reform - long a goal of America's churches. The president is a good steward of our environment, God's creation, and we need that to combat climate change. President Obama also believes deeply in religious freedom and honors the religious pluralism of our great nation. He doesn't see faith as a tool to tear people apart but as a way to bring people together.
Election Day will matter. But people of good faith can come to different conclusions about how to vote. I agree with the philosophy advanced by President Obama. I believe his policies will continue to advance the common good and that the policies advanced by Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan - which helped create the crisis we face today - are morally troubling. We ought to debate the issues. What I find most distateful is when politicans misue faith as a political weapon. It should not be done.