Several of the Republican candidates said God asked them to run, or, left the impression He wanted them to run.
Now, in the closing days of the Iowa Primary Caucus, several of those whom God wanted in the race are losing, or, so it appears. Is it not rational to wonder why God asked them to run? Or, whether God really did ask them to run?
These seem obvious questions. I would ask them. However, the reporters following the campaign will not. There is this matter of economics.
Reporters covering the campaign are paid by subscribers and advertisers. Neither of those two groups want reporters to ask questions about whether God really asked candidates to run, or, what they now think about making that claim.
The questions are not asked because, for the most part, religion gets a pass. Only a small part of the public doesn’t believe a god exists. A newspaper or TV network cannot make money advertising to nonbelievers.
Even if reporters will not ask hard questions of religious candidates, I have to admit we skeptics are entertained by religion in the campaing. Today’s Wall Street Journal has a story about preachers in Iowa racing about trying to broker deals between religious candidates, who should stay in ane who should drop out.
Of course, the preachers have been unsuccessful. It would be odd if candidates listened to advice from preachers.
Why get God’s instructions second hand?