Sure, Colorado Rep. Tom Tancredo’s call for the next president to warn the world’s Muslims that a terrorist attack on the U.S. “would be followed by an attack on the holy sites in Mecca and Medina” is a footnote in a presidential field dominated by political celebrities. But comments like these, popular with a large swath of the GOP’s evangelical base–many of whom see the war on terror as a battle against Islamic radicalism or even Islam itself– could force the field’s more serious candidates to take harder line stances against the Muslim world.
It turns out that even in his religion, Ron Paul is an iconoclast. Raised a Lutheran but currently attending a Baptist church, the anti-abortion, anti-profanity (he once chided an aide for using the term “red-light district” in the presence of a woman) Paul says his conservative religious faith jibes with his strident anti-Iraq stance. “I was annoyed by the evangelicals’ being so supportive of pre-emptive war, which seems to contradict everything that I was taught as a Christian,” he tells The New York Times Magazine. “The religion is based on somebody who’s referred to as the Prince of Peace.”
Appearing at a “Night to Honor Israel” event sponsored by a Christian Zionist group outside Washington, DC, California Rep. Duncan Hunter vowed that, as president, he would “never, never, never abandon Israel.” An emphatic statement of support, to be sure, but God-o-Meter asks how different Hunter’s position is from those of Democratic presidential candidates like Hillary Clinton?