Tancredo: God knows, right now, who will be next governor

(But does he make odds? – promoted by Colorado Pols)

Tom Tancredo.

Tom Tancredo.

"I happen to believe in something else," Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Tancredo told KNUS radio host Jimmy Sengenberger last month. "And that is, there is a plan for all of us. God has a plan. I happen to believe that, okay? Do you, Jimmy, believe that God knows who's going to be the governor next time in Colorado?"

"God himself does," Sengenberger replied. "We don't. But God does."

"God knows that, right," said Tancredo. "He knows right now. Therefore, it's in his hands, right? And I put it there. And I say to myself, 'I will do everything I can do. I will work as hard as I can. I will be as available as I can. But at the end of the day, it's in his hands, and it will be determined.' And so I have to tell you this also. If it works out that I am not the candidate…it's ok with me. I am at ease with it. I am at peace in my own heart, because, frankly, it's the way it should be. God has a plan."

I'm an atheist, and so I obviously don't agree with Tancredo/Sengenberger that God has a plan and advance knowledge, but I admire how Tanc's belief manifests in a Buddha-like attitude toward his political campaign.

In any event, you realize, after hearing Tanc talk, how little media focus there's been, in recent CO elections, on the personal religious beliefs or habits of candidates.

During the last election, we read in The Denver Post that Joe Coors was on the golf course in San Diego (16th hole) when God told him to "Go home. Go home."

The personhood amendment, which would ban all abortion, even for rape, forces a discussion about when life begins and why–which can lead to religion–as we saw in the video of Rep. Cory Gardner saying he circulated personhood petitions in his church.

But the attitude among reporters seems to be that religion is somewhat off limits in political discourse these days, particularly beyond the broadest identifiers, unless it's relevant to a specific point in a debate–about banning abortion, for example.

But I enjoyed hearing Tanc talk openly about God. It was illuminating. And I'm sure most people would like reporters to bring up the subject more often, maybe in the context of how religion does or doesn't guide their actions and decision-making.

14 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. Gray in Mountains says:

    Jason, I disagree. I'm sick of reporters bringing it up or voters bringing it up or candidates bringing it up. I hate that we often vote for someone because of their superstitious beliefs

  2. Miss Jane says:

    As if the "devine" cares who is elected.  Some of these religious dogmas just don't make any sense.  It has always been my understanding that Christianity has to do with betterment of individual souls, not government. 

  3. Diogenesdemar says:

    Tanc' as the Buddha ???

    Oh, you know that's just gotta' piss off the happy, tubby guy . . . 

  4. DavieDavie says:

    Actually Jason, I take it the opposite way — Tanc's serenity over his fate is just a setup for when he goes down in the inevitable flames — it's the "It's God's Will" excuse for yet another half-assed campaign with little substance behind it.

  5. Old Time Dem says:

    So why is Tancredo defyin god's will by running?

  6. n3bn3b says:

    Mocking people of faith. That will win the votes!

    • I, personally, have faith that the people of Colorado will utilize their free will to pick someone who isn't trying to swing the election by using God's name for their own gain.

      • Miss Jane says:

        http://www.christianpost.com/news/mark-driscoll-warns-against-4-ways-we-take-gods-name-in-vain-105597/

        That is also known as taking God's name in vain.  I found this at a very conservative Christian site.  The article make's some good points, if you are Christian, but it does uses Obama as an example.  What I think the article more clearly indicates is that Pat Robertson is definitely not going to heaven, or anyone else who trades on the Lord's name for any sort of personal gain.  It doesn't look good for almost all of the gop.  And an article in the Atlantic reports that Southern Baptists are beginning to rediscover their belief in separation of church and state.  Big oops.

         

        • Yes – I was just trying to tweak n3b.

          Tancredo's view is very Calvinist. God knows, it's in his hands, and all we can do is go along with it and work hard. He's not claiming that victory will be his, unlike some on the religious right who come right out and claim God's endorsement. One of the more reasoned responses I've seen Tancredo give, to give credit where credit is due.

  7. Ralphie says:

    My wife often says, "God doesn't give a shit about politics."

     

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