By Victor Ochieng
Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton was in Iowa to drum up support for her candidature, when one lady Jessica Manning, 36, asked her about her faith.
Manning had earlier called into a Christian radio show to ask about whom she could support in the Democratic presidential race, when she was told to make her choice based on faith and not blindly follow a candidate.
“I would say I am a Democrat because of my Christian values, but many of my friends would say they are Republicans because of their Christian values,” Mrs. Manning said. “So in these next few months as I am supporting you and defending you to my Republican friends,” she continued, “I am just curious, how you would say your beliefs align with the Ten Commandments and is that something that’s important to you?”
Clinton hasn’t been talking much about her faith on the campaign trail, maybe because nobody asks her about it since most people already know she’s a Christian. Manning’s question gave Clinton an opportunity to talk about her faith in depth.
In response, Clinton said: “I am a person of faith. I am a Christian. I am a Methodist. I have been raised Methodist.”
She went further to say, “The idea you heard on the radio of looking at individuals, I think, is absolutely fair. My study of the Bible, my many conversations with people of faith, has led me to believe the most important commandment is to love the Lord with all your might and to love your neighbor as yourself.”
Bishop Paul S. Morton got wind of Clinton’s presence in Iowa and her words about faith. Aware that some pastors were going to meet Ms. Clinton in Philadelphia, he took to social media to request for a single commitment from the candidate; he asked pastors who were going to meet Clinton to secure a commitment from her that, should she sail through to the White House, she would protect God’s church on marriage.
In one of his tweets, the retired bishop said: “Pastors who are going to meet with @HillaryClinton make sure you get a commitment from her that she will protect God’s Church on marriage.”
Being a democrat, however, that’s going to be a tall order for Clinton.
Further in her answer to Manning during the Iowa rally, she said: “But I do believe that in many areas judgment should be left to God, that being more open, tolerant and respectful is part of what makes me humble about my faith.”