Faith and politics — a dish best served separately?

Is it dangerous for faith and politics to be mixed? (Photo of Seattle’s St. James Cathedral by Nicole Jennings/KIRO Radio)

Faith and politics — for many, the two powerful identities are inseparable. But the former deputy director of speechwriting for President George W. Bush cautions not to mix the two together too firmly.

Peter Wehner, who also served in the Reagan and Bush Sr. administrations and is now a senior fellow of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, may have made himself known on the conservative side of the aisle, but he keeps an open mind about politics in relation to his Christian faith.

“I don’t think God is part of any political party, and to do so is a danger to faith and a danger to politics … God stands in judgment of all political ideologies and all political parties,” he said to the Dori Monson Show.

It was for a similar statement that Wehner on Tuesday praised 2020 presidential candidate and South Bend, IN Mayor Pete Buttigieg on Twitter. Buttigieg, who is an openly gay and devoutly Christian Democrat, spoke of God’s political impartiality during a CNN Town Hall on Monday.

“God does not have a political party.” Wise and welcome words from Pete Buttigieg, from his CNN town hall event last night. Those who claim otherwise are turning their faith into a political instrumentality, and sometimes a political weapon. https://t.co/CnBnN5cwUN

— Peter Wehner (@Peter_Wehner) April 23,…

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