Written by Don Byrd
Most of the presidential campaign has stayed away from this kind of rhetoric, but CBS News reports that on the eve of the election, GOP Vice Presidential candidate suggested in a conference call that certain religious perspectives are at stake.
In a last-minute call to rally religious conservatives to vote, Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan said Sunday night that President Obama is taking the country down a path that threatens the “Judeo-Christian” values upon which the country was founded.
“It’s a dangerous path, it’s a path that grows government, restricts freedom and liberty, and compromises those values, those Judeo-Christian, Western civilization values that made us such a great and exceptional nation in the first place,” Ryan said during an unpublicized teletown hall with members of the Faith & Freedom Coalition.
We can expect some fear-mongering from both sides in the last stages of the campaign I suppose. All in all, this presidential campaign has avoided a lot of religious nasty-ness, in my opinion. In fact, this Ryan quote is pretty weak sauce as far as religious divisiveness goes, even as offensive and inaccurate as it is. Maybe Americans’ distaste for religious polarization is sinking into the political class?