John McCain may not be your favorite candidate for president; he’s not mine (Rudy’s my man). But none can deny he is a man of decency, honor, and strong moral values. Some of those values are on display in an interview at Beliefnet. It is well worth your time, and it helps explain why, should he get the Republican nomination, I would work hard to get him elected.
One particular Q&A is worth repeating here:
Q — A recent poll found that 55 percent of Americans believe the U.S. Constitution establishes a Christian nation. What do you think?
A — I would probably have to say yes, that the Constitution established the United States of America as a Christian nation. But I say that in the broadest sense. The lady that holds her lamp beside the golden door doesn’t say, “I only welcome Christians.” We welcome the poor, the tired, the huddled masses. But when they come here they know that they are in a nation founded on Christian principles.
This is exactly right. Not a Christian nation with any established church. Rather, “a nation founded on Christian principles.” A nation that welcomes all who do not seek to overturn that foundation.