In a 2007 article in Mother Jones, the United Methodist Church’s Bishop Richard Wilke said, “If I asked Hillary, ‘What does the Lord want you to do?’ she would say, ‘I think I’m called by the Lord to be in public service at whatever level he wants me.’ ”
The question is, does the Lord want Hillary to be president? Does she want to be president? Pundits took her tweet to be the launch of a presidential campaign. Yet it’s perfectly obvious that America will not vote for someone who is not a self-affirmed believer in God. We have a black president, and we will have a female president, a Hispanic president, a gay president and probably even a Muslim president before we have an atheist president. Those who talk openly about their own faith are more likely to appeal to the American public than those who don’t; we have even seen many shamelessly exploit religion for their own political purposes.
So if this tweet is her announcement that she is running, why would she describe herself as “wife, mom” but and not include “person of faith,” which, if you look at her background, she surely is?
Chelsea Clinton recently announced that she will head up a new multifaith organization at New York University called the Of Many Institute to “develop multi-faith dialogue and train multifaith leaders.”
“With all candor,” she said, “because my husband is Jewish and I’m Christian, and we’re both practicing, it’s something that’s quite close to home.“
She did not mention that it is close to home due to her upbringing or her mother’s abiding faith. Could it be that Hillary is letting Chelsea handle the faith angle so that she doesn’t seem to be pandering to a religious audience? Your guess is as good as mine.
All I can say is this: If you want to figure out Hillary Clinton, to paraphrase Deep Throat, “follow the faith.”
TBD . . .
Sally Quinn anchors The Washington Post’s On Faith online discussion and writes a religion column.