This story was originally published by the WND News Center.
American presidents, by and large, have linked themselves to the Christian faith.
Whether they actually are, only God and they know.
And their faith lives have not been without scandal, such as Joe Biden's insistence on violating the tenets of the Catholic Church, to which he gives fealty, on the issue of abortion.
But Vivek Ramaswamy is a candidate apart.
Comfortable talking about the Bible, he's unabashedly Hindu.
And now he's spilled this thought on Jesus.
"A" son of God, but not "THE" son of God.
At WLT Report is an explanation.
He was at a campaign stop in Nevada when he was asked, "What is your opinion of Jesus Christ?"
He said in his Hindu faith "Jesus is 'a' son of God and not 'the' son of God," the report said.
Then he added, "I think it’s legitimate to gain comfort with somebody who is of a different faith — I am a Hindu — occupying that office. But we share the same values in common."
The report noted the question is common for Ramaswamy to face on the campaign these days.
"It was the second time he had been questioned about his faith that day and the sixth time in his last two visits to the state. It’s not just Iowa, either. In New Hampshire over Labor Day weekend, a voter asked about Ramaswamy’s religion, prompting an answer about the importance of religious liberty in the U.S.: 'I’m Hindu, and I’m proud of that. I stand for that without apology. I think I’m going to be able to be more ardent as a defender of religious liberty,'" the report said.
The report, however, noted, "About two-thirds of Republicans in the 2016 Iowa caucuses identified as evangelical or born-again Christians, according to NBC News’ exit poll. And the evangelical constituency tends to reward Republican candidates who reflect their religious values, including past caucus winners like Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas in 2016 and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee in 2008. Sandwiched in between 2012 winner Rick Santorum, the former senator from Pennsylvania and practicing Catholic — who won praise from influential Republican evangelicals as 'an evangelical at heart' who spoke to their values."
Ramaswamy has been known to weave Bible stories into his own narratives. Recently he told a crowd, "Remember the Book of Exodus," Ramaswamy said. "The Israelites escaped the pharaoh; they’re lost in the desert."
He also recently released a list of 10 "truths" that American conservatives, including Christians, will find mostly appealing.
They include, "God is real," "There are two genders," "Human flourishing requires fossil fuels," "Reverse racism is racism," "An open border is no border," and "Parents determine the education of their children."