Sam Brownback, the senior U.S. senator from Kansas, is a Republican running for governor against Democrat Tom Holland, who serves as a state senator. As part of a Politics Daily series providing background about the major candidates in the 2010 midterm elections, here are answers to some frequently asked questions about his life.
What is Sam Brownback's religion?
Brownback is a Roman Catholic.
Where does Sam Brownback worship?
Despite his conversion to Catholicism, Brownback regularly attends the nondenominational and evangelical Topeka Bible Church in Topeka, Kan. The Topeka Bible Church website
includes a section about the church's stance on social action, where the church strives to be a "source of conscience in society" and "is involved without apology in pro-family and pro-life activities here in the state capital. We put shoe leather to our moral convictions. We circulate petitions, lobby for bills, encourage involvement in community and school activities, and pray for moral change. Our size automatically makes us one of the leading voices in the Christian community in our state. We take that responsibility seriously -- to be a force for unity and integrity among the evangelical churches in Topeka and in Kansas."
Was Sam Brownback born a Catholic or did he convert?
Brownback converted to Catholicism later in life, in 2002. He was raised as a Methodist, and a Rolling Stone interview notes that he was a Methodist when he ran for the House and an Evangelical when he ran for the Senate.
What has Sam Brownback said about being a Catholic?
Brownback, dubbed "God's Senator" in the 2006 Rolling Stone interview, is deeply religious. He says in the interview, "I am a seeker. Every spiritual path has its own scent, and I want to inhale them all." Although he identifies with the Catholic faith, he has changed denominations more than once and says he is interested in all things spiritual. When asked by reporter Deal W. Hudson, director of InsideCatholic.com and the Morley Institute for Church and Culture, "is there anything about John McCain that has special appeal to Catholic voters?," Brownback, who endorsed McCain in the last presidential election, responded, "His view of immigration should appeal to Catholics. His stance is not the popular political position -- he is saying the immigrants are all God's children and should be treated as such." According to the National Right to Life Committee, and in line with his faith, Brownback has a 100 percent pro-life voting record and is pro-life in all cases except when the mother's life is in danger.
What is Sam Brownback's position on the mosque planned near the World Trade Center?
Brownback's campaign could not be reached for comment on this issue.
How has Sam Brownback integrated religion into his work as a politician?
Brownback headed the Catholics for McCain committee during McCain's run for president and rallied hard for Catholics to commit to voting. His faith often explains his stances on issues, abortion and gay marriage (he's against both) being two he is particularly vocal about. Brownback has also penned articles and been interviewed for InsideCatholic.com, the mission of which is to be "a voice for authentic Catholicism in the public square."
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