Sunday, June 26, 2011

Poll of the day.

Via Yglesias, a Gallup survey that asks...
If your party nominated a generally well-qualified person for president who happened to be Mormon, would you vote for that person?
A mere 22% said no. That the number is so small reflects a failure of civics education in America. It's worse than it looks, actually, since no small part of that group doubtless would reject a Mormon candidate because of their own religious fundamentalism, rather than for the simple fact that any religious fundamentalism, (and to be a practicing Mormon is, by definition, to be a Mormon fundamentalist) is inconsistent with Constitutional governance in the United States.

If your religious faith requires you to ignore physical science, disregard recorded history and abandon human reason, well, regardless of your other attributes, you're not qualified to lead the secular liberal government that the framers purposely designed. Every educated American should know that.

With so many fundies of so many stripes vying for the Republican nomination, it needs to be said.

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Anonymous Terry Parkhurst said...

Not to make light of religion, but if one accepts that Jesus could indeed rise from the dead, after three days, he probably could've taken some time to visit America, too.

That's not to say one should become a Mormon. Rather, it is to say that the basis of their religion isn't all that much different from most other variants of the original Christian faith.

Of course, there is that thing about Africans being the color they are as marks of being "the sons of Cain." Don't look for anyone to ask Mitt Romney to explain that one out.

11:35 PM  

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