McCain Was For Religious Discrimination Before He Was Against It

This post, written by Melissa McEwan, originally appeared on Shakesville

So, that BeliefNet article in which McCain said he believes that "the Constitution established the United States of America as a Christian nation" had another great bit that Steve Benen teased out in which McCain also noted he wouldn't want a Muslim president.
"I admire the Islam. There's a lot of good principles in it," he said. "But I just have to say in all candor that since this nation was founded primarily on Christian principles, personally, I prefer someone who I know who has a solid grounding in my faith."
Do you think he learned about "the Islam" on the internets using the Google?

I'd like to point out that McCain's statement also suggests he would not be comfortable with a Jewish, Hindu, Buddhist, pagan, or atheist president, either. And I'd further like to point out that, Christianity itself being so vastly diverse, some Christian denominations have more in common with fundamentalist Islam than they do with Baptists (or whatever denomination he's claiming to be this week), and some have more in common with pagans. This comment doesn't even make sense just given the enormous breadth of Christian beliefs, no less the Constitutional prohibition on religious litmus tests.

Understand the importance of honest news ?

So do we.

The past year has been the most arduous of our lives. The Covid-19 pandemic continues to be catastrophic not only to our health - mental and physical - but also to the stability of millions of people. For all of us independent news organizations, it’s no exception.

We’ve covered everything thrown at us this past year and will continue to do so with your support. We’ve always understood the importance of calling out corruption, regardless of political affiliation.

We need your support in this difficult time. Every reader contribution, no matter the amount, makes a difference in allowing our newsroom to bring you the stories that matter, at a time when being informed is more important than ever. Invest with us.

Make a one-time contribution to Alternet All Access, or click here to become a subscriber. Thank you.

Click to donate by check.

DonateDonate by credit card
Donate by Paypal

Don't Sit on the Sidelines of History. Join Alternet All Access and Go Ad-Free. Support Honest Journalism.