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Is it appropriate to try to focus attention on a presidental candidate's personal religion?

Why is Time magazine focusing on the fact that Romney is a Mormon? He has not shown any tendency to use his personal beliefs in his political career. Is it a subtle (or not really so subtle) attempt to smear?

http://newsbusters.org/blogs/noel-sheppard/2011/06/05/newsweek-cover-focuses-mitt-romney-being-mormon#ixzz1OQAkCz28

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Carpy

Asked by Carpy at 4:09 PM on Jun. 5, 2011 in Politics & Current Events

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  • No it is not. Many people associate Mormon/LDS for the FLDS and always mix it up and many believe Mormon is nothing more then a cult. I personally not like Romney but not because he is Mormon. As long as candidates keep their religious beliefs out of politics I could care less what religion they are.
    mommy_of_two388

    Answer by mommy_of_two388 at 4:12 PM on Jun. 5, 2011

  • Not appropriate ever.
    minnesotanice

    Answer by minnesotanice at 4:19 PM on Jun. 5, 2011

  • Might be a scare tactic, because as the first reply says it's something that people confuse with many different sects out there that have some very extreme views. I have family and friends who are mormons so I know there's a difference, but there are plenty that don't.

    A person's religion or lack of religion is a personal choice and if a man being an athiest is not going to have an impact on his ability to do a job in an office then I fail to see how a religion will.
    BlueCollarMama

    Answer by BlueCollarMama at 4:19 PM on Jun. 5, 2011

  • No, but that doesn't stop anyone when the candidate is not Christian, so why should Christians like Romney get a free pass?
    NotPanicking

    Answer by NotPanicking at 4:24 PM on Jun. 5, 2011

  • How would you really know NP? how many non Christians have ran for or held the office?
    Carpy

    Comment by Carpy (original poster) at 4:28 PM on Jun. 5, 2011

  • No it is never appropriate as long as they are keeping their religious views out of their political careers.
    cowboysgirl3227

    Answer by cowboysgirl3227 at 4:30 PM on Jun. 5, 2011

  • someone is probably paying them to use that as a distraction
    sophistcatdfury

    Answer by sophistcatdfury at 4:35 PM on Jun. 5, 2011

  • LMAO I dunno, is it appropriate to focus on our President's religious background? Gimme a break. Now that they are looking into a Candidate who is a Republican you're going to say something about it? But Obama is definitely a Muslim.
    Imogine

    Answer by Imogine at 4:35 PM on Jun. 5, 2011

  • how many non Christians have ran for or held the office?

    That one? They get run out in the primaries. A brief survey of the elections of the past 50 years or so will demonstrate that. Hell, look at the whole "Obama is Muslim" thing - there are people who used that as their SOLE reason not to vote for him, nevermind policy. And they still today run around, even here, calling him a Muslim, and by extension, in their minds, a terrorist.

    This was originally on USA today, you can find archive copies, but the original link is purged:
    If Your Party Nominated A Generally Would You Be Comfortable
    In Voting Well-Qualified Candidate For WH '08 For A WH
    '08er Who Was ___, Would You Vote For That Person?

    Yes No
    Catholic 95% 4%
    Black 94 5
    Jewish 92 7
    A woman 88 11
    Hispanic 87 12
    Mormon 72 24
    Married for third time 67 30
    72 years old 57 42
    A homosexual 55 43
    An atheist 45 53
    NotPanicking

    Answer by NotPanicking at 4:36 PM on Jun. 5, 2011

  • I think if the media gets all 'bajiggity' if the public had questions as to whether PBO was Muslim or not makes it a non-issue, then being a Mormon should get them equally 'bajiggity'. It can't be off limits for one and open season for another. That is what continually gives "sides' the appearance of having double standards.
    jesse123456

    Answer by jesse123456 at 4:46 PM on Jun. 5, 2011

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