Cal Thomas Gets One Right

Don't look now, but right-wing columnist Cal Thomas appears to have gotten one right, proving once again that even a broken clock is right twice a day.

Thomas, an evangelical Christian who helped create the Moral Majority, urged the public to stop evaluating presidential candidates on the basis of faith.

“This election,” he said, “should be more about competence and less about ideology, or even faith. It shouldn’t matter where — or if — a candidate goes to church, but whether he (or she) can run the country well, according to the principles in which the voter believes. And, if those principles include a person of faith, so much the better. God can be the ultimate check and balance on earthly power.

“If a car hits me,” he concluded, “I care more about whether the ambulance driver knows the way to the nearest hospital and the skills of the emergency room doctor than where they stand with God. That’s the attitude we should have toward those who desire to be president of the United States in a fallen world.”

As my friend Joe Conn put it, "Given the source, that’s not a bad sermon. I won’t start setting my watch by Thomas’ warped clock, but today he’s pretty much on time."


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