Which Religions Are Acceptable?
Watching excerpts from the GOP Presidential debate, and the to-do about whether Mormon candidates Romney and Huntsman are "acceptable", made me wonder.
Just which religions are acceptable in American politics? A possible framework:
Panel from Don Asmussen's "Bad Reporter" cartoon for SFGate:
✔ In: Baptist, Lutheran, Presbyterian, Anglican, Lutheran, Catholicism (was a big issue for JFK but is now the largest single religion in Congress, see PEW/NYT graphic at bottom), Evangelical Megachurches.
✘ Out: Islam, Scientology, Voodoo, Shamanism, Atheism, agnosticism, Buddhism (remember how Christian evangelical churches used Gore's donations from monks against him?), Shintoism, HInduism, Zoroastrianism (it's from Iran! so, who cares if Christianity copied it). Heck that eliminates 4.5 Billion people.
⁇ On the Cusp: Mormonism, Jewish (Ok for legislature, unlikely for White House), Methodist (once dominant is falling rapidly in legislative representation), Jehovah's Witnesses, Orthodox Christianity.
Note: Many of our founding fathers were actually deists, including Benjamin Franklin, George Washington and possibly Thomas Jefferson, who rejected immaterial spirits. Can't imagine them being allowed inside the country clubs that are the Republican- and Democratic-parties with ideas that that!
Congressional religious affiliation by Pew Forum, graphic by NYT: