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"Religion, Politics, the Presidency: Commentary by a Mormon, an Evangelical, and an Orthodox Christian"

United States Constitution — Article VI:

"No religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States."

  • News – 12/03/07

    Posted by: John Schroeder at 05:44 pm, November 30th 2007     &mdash      Comment on this post »

    Jonathon Martin

    Romney to give The Speech Thursday at Bush Library

    George Will

    The affable but subliminally unpleasant Mike Huckabee

    Globe and Mail

    The essentials of a free society

    Andrew Sullivan

    That Bible Question and Mormonism

    New York Times

    Obama’s Color Line

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    The Debate Aftermath, Double Standards, The Paul Pods Reach Out, and more…

    Posted by: John Schroeder at 06:40 am, November 30th 2007     &mdash      Comment on this post »

    In the wake of the “debate”…

    The Salt Lake Tribune looked through the YouTube submissions, all I can say is that the ones that made the cut were creepy enough, but some that didn’t were frightening. Some were predictable, and some were just stupid:

    Another question, from Spartanburg, N.C., noted that Mormons give a certain percentage of their income in tithing to the LDS Church, and asks whether Romney would do that if elected president.

    “Now there’s a conflict of interest there if you are elected president; that means that taxpayer dollars will go to the Mormon Church by people that didn’t vote for you,” Mike said in his question. “What do you think about that?”

    First of all, many religions tithe, I know I do, I’m betting the current President does, probably Jimmy Carter did. More, Romney is already on record saying that he will not take his salary as President. This, like so many of the questions, was not designed to illuminate, but to speechify.

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    News – 11/30/07

    Posted by: John Schroeder at 05:19 pm, November 29th 2007     &mdash      Comment on this post »

    Boston Herald

    Mitt rock-solid in N.H.

    CNN

    Faith and politics mix easily for Huckabee

    Washington Post

    Foes Use Obama’s Muslim Ties to Fuel Rumors About Him

    FoxNews

    Clinton Cites Her Faith, the Bible in Call for Worldwide Action Against AIDS

    NYTimes – The Caucus blog

    Mormons and the Bible

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    Huckabee’s Lead in Iowa: How Has He Done It? Religion in the GOP YouTube Debate; and More

    Posted by: John Schroeder at 01:02 am, November 29th 2007     &mdash      1 Comment »

    Huckabee takes the Iowa lead?!

    According to the latest poll, yeah. Is this because he played the religion card? Lowell certainly thinks so. And, of course it has contributed, but Huckabee has been a non-entity to the press until very recently while Romney has been through the gauntlet a bunch of times by now. The press is sawing on the religion card like there is no tomorrow because from their perspective Huckabee is giving them the story they want, they have always wanted.

    [Lowell intejects: I am not sure Huck's success in Iowa is due to his religion-oriented tactics, but the coincidence is pretty overwhelming.]

    As Hugh Hewitt has said repeatedly, there are really three factions in the Republican party:

    …the party of national security, the party of wealth, and the party of faith.

    No one can win the nomination without all three. Huckabee cannot hope to win on religion alone. There are really three pertinent questions flowing out of this:

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    News — 11/29/07

    Posted by: John Schroeder at 02:25 pm, November 28th 2007     &mdash      Comment on this post »

    The Washington Post

    Howard Kurtz on the media, Mormonism and Mitt

    The Washington Times

    Romney puts faith in Christian past

    Newsmax.com

    Pat Robertson Endorsement Sparks Backlash

    The CNN/YouTube “Debate”

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    The Maturation of the Christian Right, Dobson’s Choice, Evangelical Bias, Romney and Muslims and More

    Posted by: John Schroeder at 07:05 am, November 28th 2007     &mdash      Comment on this post »

    Dobson on the edge, it’s a hammer . . .

    Another bit of left-leaning coverage this time from “Right Wing Watch:”

    As for the possibility that James Dobson might end up endorsing Mitt Romney, Minnery called it “doubtful,” citing “the tremendous difference in theological views.”

    Dobson keeps coming up to this edge, but has yet to jump off the cliff; however, that does not prevent this very leftie blog from using these comments as a hammer on the right. Consider the headline to the post:

    Dobson Won’t Support a Mormon or Launch His Own Campaign

    As we have contended all along, Evangelicals not voting for Romney better be VERY clear about why not. Citing religion will not be a winner for any of us, in any branch of the Republican party.
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