America's new religious litmus test

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    "What is so miserably wrong and unelectable in being a Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist or Jain?
    The pigment of Obama's, Jindal's or Haley's skin does not seem to matter goes the popular narrative, but Christian faith is a foregone criterion for electability. A religious litmus test is clearly in play."
    On Faith Panelists Blog: Haley, Jindal and America's new religious litmus test - Aseem Shukla

    What faiths are electable? Haley was raised a Sikh and converted to Christianity. I doubt she would have been elected as a Sikh. Can an atheist be elected? Do we have an unofficial Judeo-Christian theocracy?
     
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    It is only in my life time that the religious test on electability has extended to Catholic.
     
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    I don't have a problem electing people of any faith as long as they stand for the principles of the Constitution and limited government.
     
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    Article 6
     
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    Yes but the OP is quite correct. You have to be a Christian to see the ballot. It is an enigma of sorts since there are not many that vote based on religion yet somehow there is always a Christian as the president. I have no theories on this really and hope someone here has a better handle on the possible reasons.
     
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    Kennedy was the first Catholic ever elected. Has there been any more? The country is 80 percent Christian of course our Presidents will be Christian.
     
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    I read several quotes, a few days ago, that said a Mormon would never be elected
    *shrug*
     
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    80% of us are also right handed, RetiredGySgt. If someone is ethical, what difference should it make?
     
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    Haley was elected despite being called a raghead, a Sikh, an adulterer, and a fake convert to Christianity. Why don't you give the voters enough credit to think that they picked her because everything that was said against her did not really matter to them, and actually made them think less of the people who were tossing the accusations? I think it makes a lot more sense than to insist that voters care more about what church someone goes to than the actual issues. After all, they elected Obama despite the fact that he went to a racist and anti-American church for years.
     
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    What are you talking about? Jews, Athiests, Hindus, Muslims, etc are elected to local and federal office all the time.

    Heck, we just elected a black liberation theology believer. You think that's mainstream?
     

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