One of the few things that so far can be pinned down about H. Ross Perot is his religious background. Perot worships at the 6,500-member Highland Park Presbyterian Church, an evangelical congregation in Dallas. According to senior pastor B. Clayton Bell, Perot and his family have been members for about 25 years. “The family is very faithful in attendance. When he’s in town, he’s in church,” said Bell, who is executive chairman of the board of directors of Christianity Today, Inc. “I consider him a very good church member and a good friend.”
As a member of Highland Park, Perot has taken the church vows that include “faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord and a willingness to live by the disciplines of the Scripture and the church,” Bell said. The congregation has followed Perot’s political possibilities with interest, but, according to Bell, not any more than the rest of the community. “We’ve got active Democrats; we’ve got active Republicans; and we’ve got active Perotites.”
Despite repeated weeks in the media spotlight, little is known about the billionaire businessman’s political positions. Perot told a television interviewer last month that his supporters are not interested in specifics on the issues. “Everybody has detailed positions. Nobody implements them.”
Libertarian in overtone, Perot appears to be generally conservative on economic issues, but more liberal on social issues. Still, he remains ambiguous on most issues, including abortion.
When asked on the “Today Show” if he favors “a woman’s right to choose to have an abortion if she wishes,” Perot replied, “No, that’s true, but I mean—I just can’t say that.” He then advocated “a sense of individual responsibility in a free society,” saying that “if everybody will ...1
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