NJDC CONDEMNS FORMER MAVERICK JOHN MCCAIN
FOR CALLING AMERICA A CHRISTIAN NATION
Calls on GOP Leaders to Denounce His Statements
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the National Jewish Democratic Council (NJDC) condemned Republican Senator John McCain in the strongest possible terms for saying that a candidate’s Christian faith is “an important characteristic” for a President, that he would prefer a Christian president and that the "Constitution established the United States of America as a Christian nation." Additionally, NJDC called on the GOP leaders and fellow Presidential candidates to denounce McCain’s comments.
Furthermore, NJDC criticized the McCain campaign for sticking by his statements, and releasing a statement from his official campaign spokeswoman that defended the comments and said again, "America is a Christian nation, and it is hardly a controversial claim." [AFP, 10/1/07]
“Former maverick John McCain’s statements were repugnant. It’s been sad watching him transform from political maverick to religious right mouthpiece” said NJDC Executive Director Ira N. Forman. “And, someone running for President ought to understand the Constitution a little better. Nowhere does it say the United States is a ‘Christian’ nation. How can we trust someone to uphold the constitution who doesn’t even know what is in it?
“If the Republican Party is truly a big tent – open to Americans of all faiths and backgrounds – it is essential that Republican Leaders and fellow Presidential candidates swiftly and strongly condemn these comments,” continued Forman. “Republicans claim to have a big tent – now it is time for their leaders to stand and be counted. Otherwise, we’ll know just how narrow that tent really is.”
McCain told Beliefnet: "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.” He also said that being Christian is “an important part of our qualifications to lead” and that “the Constitution established the United States of America as a Christian nation." [Arizona Republic, 9/28/07]