Slog News & Arts

Line Out

Music & Nightlife

« Today The Stranger Suggests... | Killing a Taxi Driver »

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Reichert’s Religion

posted by on July 21 at 12:06 PM

In the past, it may have been tacky to report on a politician’s religion. But the GOP—which pushes moral values and faith-based initiatives and intelligent design and abstinence-only education and limits on abortion rights— has made the “courage” to wear one’s religion on one’s sleeve a badge of honor in our decadent, secular society.

And so—in the wake of GOP Rep. Dave Reichert’s vote for Rep. Mike Pence’s (R-IN) amendment this week (which would have denied Title X family planning money to Planned Parenthood)—I think it’s appropriate to bring up Reichert’s religion.

Reichert is a Missouri Synod Lutheran, a conservative branch that believes in a literal interpretation of the bible, that women cannot be pastors, and that creationism should be taught in their K-12 schools and universities.

RSS icon Comments


What's a pator? :D

Posted by whatever | July 21, 2007 12:26 PM

Also, only missouri synod members can take communion. Everything else is heresy.

Posted by ecce homo | July 21, 2007 12:36 PM

Yeah, you were right, right off the top. It isn't appropriate to talk about a candidate's religion. But the reason is wrong, since for you to do so would make you a fucking hypocrite for taking other candidates to task for doing the same thing.

The point is, people's religion may in fact matter a hell of a lot. It matters in the policies they may or may not support, it matters in the freedom they may or may not espouse, it matters in the kind of life they may or may not live, it matters in the discrimination they may have suffered, it matters in the money they raise. Romney is raising scads of money from other Mormons. It is news. It does matter. Just dont' be such a hypocrite about it.

Posted by Chump Change | July 21, 2007 1:13 PM

When it's Missouri Synod, it matters. Holy cow, that's some fringey-ass stuff. I had no idea.

Posted by whoa | July 21, 2007 3:24 PM

totally matters, should have been splashed accross front pages long ago.

Posted by longball | July 21, 2007 5:12 PM

I don't think there's any question whether a candidate's religion matters. Of course it does, particularly when you know that those religious views will directly influence their votes on legislation. I wouldn't vote for a Christian who would vote for blue laws, nor a Muslim who wanted Sharia law, nor a Jew who would cut off electricity on Shabbat to all but emergency services, and if those are the views a candidate holds, I damn well want to know.

Posted by Gitai | July 21, 2007 6:46 PM

Of course it matters. How many "outed" atheists are in public office? None too many.

Most people want their elected officials to believe in god or at least be "spiritual", whatever that means...

Posted by praise me | July 21, 2007 10:38 PM

It is always appropriate, and extremely revealing, to talk about a candidate's religion.
Either they believe in doctrines of their church or they don't, and either position is fascinating.

Posted by dirge | July 22, 2007 1:30 AM

What Darcy's religion?
Any weird doctrines they subscribe to?
"I believe in the universal spirit but really don't go to church?"

And this:

does their religion believe in a" just war" and if so how to reconcile with the idea that if there is a one percent chance a nation may harm us we can go make war against them and create more terrorists and raise this to a ten percent chance?
Not actually kidding.

Posted by unPC | July 22, 2007 2:43 PM

Take a step back. I can't stand Reichert - and I also grew up in a MO Synod church *gasp*.

Basically it is as close to Catholicism with a few basic differences:

- no pergatory
- no emphasis placed on Mary (can't worship things that aren't God)
- no saints (see above)
- no confession - Lutherans skip the middleman and talk to God directly
- they don't touch little boys

True, MO Synod thinks they are better than the others. So do Catholics, Jews, Islamics and ELCA Lutherans. (fucking ELCA Lutherans).

In the end, it really isn't that big of a deal. There are really conservative churches and in the same town there can be a liberal church of the same denomonation. Like Catholic churches that are conservative and those who focus on their mission of community service.

If you want to demonize a protestant denomination, feel free...but have you ever met a person who attends a church and believes everything? If so, that is a lucky person to have found such a religion.

Same with a political party.

Posted by Luther Himself | July 22, 2007 8:34 PM

Fremont "Mayor" Suzie Burke has given Reichert $6,100 since late 2004.

Posted by DOUG. | July 23, 2007 10:55 AM

Comments Closed

In order to combat spam, we are no longer accepting comments on this post (or any post more than 14 days old).