I am glad she asked the question.
I can't separate my faith from who I am - and I don't expect anyone for whom faith is central in their life can. I want to know how they view how their faith intersects with their ability to carry out the job they are seeking
It doesn't play a role in many jobs I have sought - but it did in one. The courts, at virtually every level, participate imposing or affirming the death penalty. When I applied for a position in the appellate courts, I needed to make it clear that if I was hired I would be unable to draft any opinion that involved the death penalty because my integrity as an attorney would require that I write an opinion consistent with the law (regardless of whether I thought it should be the law), but my faith would not permit me to play a role in keeping someone on death row. It would have been unfair to the judge I would be working for to accept a job my faith would prevent me from fully performing.
If there are similar hard stops (or affirmative positions) that the VP's personal faith requires them to take, I want to know it - and I want to know how they think thorugh these things.
Posted Oct 11, 2012