Whoa. It does appear that The Nation cares deeply about whether President Bush holds traditional Christian beliefs on issues of salvation. Thus, Matt Bivens is lobbying for journalists to start asking Bush if he believes that folks in other faiths are going to heaven or hell.
So here is a sample of The Nation's questions for Bush and, thus, for John Kerry and everybody else:
Does he therefore believe -- as born-again Christians often do -- that even good and kind people are doomed to Hell, unless they accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and savior?
Does he believe that Jews and Muslims are ultimately damned? If he doesn't believe that, then is he saying one can reject Jesus Christ -- yet still go to Heaven? If he does believe that, then does the inevitable damnation of the majority of humanity ever enter into his Earthly calculations?
Does the President believe that he's doing God's work?
Has he been telling other world leaders that God told him to invade Iraq?
Does he actually hear God's voice? If so, when does this happen for him, and what does it sound like? Does he just receive a message, or does he have actual two-way conversations?
And another question: Does anyone at The Nation actually know any evangelical Christians? Are there any in the magazine's newsroom?