But you got to have faith
Despite persistent evidence that a large number of Democrats take issue with science, battling over who is the bigger religious nut remains the province of the GOP. Focus on the Family founder James Dobson is troubled by nascent presidential GOP candidate Fred Thompson's seeming lack of faith.
First, Focus on the Family founder James Dobson was reported to have said the Republican presidential hopeful is not a real Christian. Thompson shot back that he's not only a Christian, but a member of the fundamentalist Churches of Christ.And now the hunt is on to discover Thompson's ecclesial bone fides.
Professor Mark Elrod of Harding University said he doubts Thompson is "filling out an attendance card at a Church of Christ on Sundays."These are the qualifications, it is to be noted, which concern the Christian right. And who among cannot be charmed by a little wagering when it come to questions of faith?
[T]he professor challenged the Church of Christ faithful to produce evidence they've seen Thompson "at an assembly of a Church of Christ (Stone-Campbell) in the last 20 years." So far nobody has met the challenge.
Specifically, Elrod is soliciting any information about Thompson having:
Taught a Bible class,
Presided at the Lord's table,
Served as a greeter,
Or led singing ("If it was 728b and you can prove it, I'll give you $100," he wagered, referring to the hymn, "Our God, He Is Alive," which is considered an anthem in the Churches of Christ).
But the real question for Christians about a future president? Well, you probably already knew:
Is the Hollywood star-turned-politician a true believer?These are indeed dark times.
Thompson's chances at capturing the GOP primary may rest on the answer, thanks to the growing electoral clout of Christian conservatives.
Update: Damn! I got burned by those idiots at Whirled Nut Daily, which I guess makes me just as dumb or dumber. I should have known. That's what happens when posts get punched up quickly and without much ado. Mark Elrod stopped in to let me know that his original post was satirical and that WND reported it is a real challenge -- bet and all -- since it rather conformed to their particular view of things anyway. In fact, WND'ers probably thought Elrod's challenge was a fine idea. Apologies to Dr. Elrod, but he must take some amusement in the fact that his riposte was treated as a feasible and reasonable part of the GOP Christian political vetting machine. In fact, Elrod's challenge is not at all distinguishable from anything that James Dobson might do himself. Therein lies the subtle beauty of it, really.
Nonetheless, I feel dumber for it all.