No religious test for public office

James L. Evans is pastor of Auburn First Baptist Church, Auburn, writes:

Are we ready for a Mormon president?:

… Which brings us to Mitt Romney, governor of Massachusetts. Romney, son of George Romney, is seen by many as a contender for the 2008 Republican Presidential campaign. He has the ideological credentials. Gov. Romney is on the right side of many of the social issues championed by the political and religious right. The fact that he gets to the right side of those issues by means of his Mormon faith may or may not matter.

And it shouldn’t matter. The U.S. Constitution mandates that there is no religious test for public office. But outside the law, out in the marketplace of American public opinion, it will be interesting to see how a Romney campaign will be received. Could it be that America is ready for its first Mormon president?

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Posted on July 22, 2006, in News and politics. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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