Romney and Mormonism by Cindy Cross
Should a presidential candidate's religion be an issue? Recently in the news, Rick Perry was endorsed by Baptist minister Robert Jeffress, who attacked GOP candidate Mitt Romney's faith, saying, "Mormonism is a cult." Romney was quick to acknowledge that his religion is part of the Christian community; the Mormon Church is a moniker for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
Romney's Mormonism has been in the media lately, with other GOP candidates dodging the issue.
John F. Kennedy, being the first Catholic president, faced similar scrutiny about his religion prior to the election. President Obama was labeled a Muslim after he publicly claimed to be a Christian. Obama was a member of the Trinity Church of Christ in Chicago where he and his wife Michelle were married, and where his two daughters were baptized. Even with his relationship to the Trinity Church, 20% of the American people thought Obama was a Muslim during (and after) the 2008 election.
With America in the throes of a recession, protesters camping outside Wall Street, should a candidate's religion determine whether he or she is qualified to be president of the United States? Or should it be off limits?