USAToday reports “In the newsest issue of the quarterly magazine, Cathedral Age, [Obama and Romney} say their faith in God sustains and guides them, that faith has a role to play in the American public square, and that service to others — motivated by faith — is one of the great contributions of religious groups to the life of the nation.”
President Obama and GOP contender Mitt Romney answer those emailed questions for Rev. Francis Wade, interim dean of the Washington National Cathedral, that great church on a city hill where the nation has mourned for and prayed with national leaders for nearly a century.
Despite numerous times that Obama has spoken of his committed Christian faith, many Americans still doubt his religion or, incorrectly, view him as a Muslim. Obama’s answer to that is frank:
I have a job to do as president, and that does not involve convincing folks that my faith in Jesus is legitimate and real. Faith can express itself in people in many ways, and I think it is important that we not make faith alone a barometer of a person’s worth, value, or character.”
And Romney, a former bishop in his Mormon church, used the questions to reiterate his Christian faith in Jesus — just in case any conservative evangelicals are still thrown off by the very different understanding of the Trinity that Mormons hold.
Romney says that more important than a religious label is whether someone seeking office,
… shares these American values: the equality of human kind, the obligation to serve one another, and a steadfast commitment to liberty. They are not unique to any one denomination.
Wade was interviewed today on MSNBC as well.
Read the complete interview here.