Over at The American Prospect, Paul Waldman has a helpful rundown of the views of the Republican Presidential candidates on religion. Here’s a sample:
But if you’re a Republican voter looking for the most devout candidate, you’ve got yourself an embarrassment of riches. There’s Tim Pawlenty, who left the Catholic church for an evangelical megachurch in Minnesota. He and his wife were married by their pastor Leith Anderson, who is now the president of the American Association of Evangelicals. Pawlenty’s campaign book is peppered with dozens of quotes from the Bible. There’s Michele Bachman, a member of an evangelical Lutheran church who got her law degree at Oral Roberts University. “She comes from us, not to us” said an attendee at the recent Faith and Freedom Coalition conference about Bachmann, which is pretty much the highest compliment a Christian conservative voter can give. There’s Newt Gingrich, who built his post-Speakership career converting to Catholicism and reinventing himself as a proselytizer of American religiosity by writing books and making documentaries (if “Rediscovering God In America” left you yearning for more, there’s “Rediscovering God In America II”). For the more outward-looking, Herman Cain announced his intention to force Muslims who work for the government to take a special loyalty oath.
Pretty depressing stuff, but worth a look nonetheless.