Hillary Clinton Considers Making Her Spirituality More Public: ‘She’d Make a Great Pastor’

Washington Free Beacon | 8/7/2017 | Paul Crookston
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BY: Paul Crookston

Hillary Clinton has written a foreword for a book inspired by devotionals that pastor Bill Shillady prepared for her during the presidential campaign, and she is considering speaking out more on a topic she has long held private: religion.

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"Hillary Clinton wants to preach," begins a piece in The Atlantic by Emma Green, relaying a comment from Shillady. Clinton has been discussing going into ministry, and Shillady thinks the former first lady could definitely do what he does.

"Given her depth of knowledge of the Bible and her experience of caring for people and loving people, she'd make a great pastor," Shillady said.

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Newsweek‘s Kenneth Woodward also broached this topic when he revealed that Clinton talked "all the time" about becoming an ordained minister in the 1990s. She asked Woodward not to divulge her secret, however.

"It will make me seem much too pious," she said about considering ordination.

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Green argues such an attitude "perfectly captures Clinton's long campaign to modulate—and sometimes obscure—expressions of her faith." But Shillady and others consider Clinton's faith central to her public service and blamed critics for obscuring her faith.

"It's been there all along," Shillady said. "The general public didn't necessarily want to accept the fact that she's a Christian because there's so many critics out there about the Clintons."

Clinton - Religion - Sleeve - Practices - Shillady

"[Clinton] doesn't wear her religion on her sleeve, she just practices it," Shillady said. "She follows the edict of what's attributed to St. Francis: ‘Preach the gospel...
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