Now that Ted Cruz, for the time being at least, is the front-runner, I’m starting to get emails from conservatives in Marin who are disturbed by his open expressions of Christian faith. Just like their Progressive neighbors, they’re worried about finding themselves in a theocracy. I therefore think Ted Cruz needs to start campaigning beyond the Evangelicals he’s courted. This requires him to say something along the following lines:
“Yes, I am a person of deep faith. My faith is the most important thing in my life. It informs my values and keeps me humble by reminding me every minute of every day that I am not the most important thing in the world.
“In addition to being a Christian, though, I am an American and a strict constitutionalist. I would never seek to impose my religion on others, although there is no doubt that my religion shaped my values.
“It’s because of my faith that I value life, liberty, and happiness. After all, my religion tells me that God gave us the gifts of life, individual freedom, and the capacity for joy.
“You can like or dislike the religious values that shaped me, but you should never worry that I will try to force my religion on you. The Founders, in their great wisdom, understood that there is no surer way to impose tyranny than to make government an arm of a church, temple, or mosque.”