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