Hardball: The Religious Test For Candidates

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What in the hell is Tweety smoking? Chris Matthews watches Romney's Mormon speech and is bowled over by the sheer passion of Mitt's exclamations of his religiosity (without those pesky details of his Mormon faith). He and I were clearly not watching the same speech, because I saw a tremulous speech on the importance of blurring the lines between Church and State, not a JFK speech promising a separation between an individual's faith and his governing. Beliefnet's David Kuo (formerly part of Bush's Faith-Based Initiatives Office) , makes the best points on the dangers of ignoring our Founding Fathers' standard that there be no religious test for office. That is, when he gets a word in edgewise between Matthews and perennial guest Pat Buchanan.

The General watched Romney's speech and answers whether a candidate's religious beliefs should be fair game.


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