With Election Day finally having come and gone, God-o-Meter is closing up shop till 2012–or at least 2010. Till then, get your faith and politics fix over at Beliefnet editor-in-chief Steve Waldman’s blog.
It finally happened. Three months into a presidential campaign predicated largely on winning support from Southern evangelicals, Fred Thompson included a church visit on his official campaign schedule yesterday, according to a report from CBS News:
MIAMI – In a move meant to solidify his conservative credentials among evangelicals and reach out to the Hispanic community, Fred Thompson made his first public visit to a church today.
“I grew up in the Church of Christ in middle Tennessee, and my mother saw to it that I was in church three times a week,” Thompson told the congregation of over 2000. “She would be very proud to see me here, but surprised that I’m on this side of the pulpit.”
She wouldn’t be the only one. Thompson said back in September he doesn’t attend church regularly, but that didn’t seem to bother the crowd at the sprawling mega-church Iglesia El Rey Jesus. Thompson admitted he “didn’t always act the way I should” during services when he was growing up, but his faith now shapes his political ideas.
“Our rights don’t come from any government, but from God,” he said. “It is important that we acknowledge the importance of faith in this nation, and to this nation.”
CBS reported that the congregation gave Thompson a standing ovation on his way out. After reading the above excerpts, God-o-Meter was instead moved to yawn and to flick its needle up a notch.