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Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Arne Carlson and Triple A Agree

Strib Editorial:

Carlson, who served from 1991 to 1999, on Saturday sent copies of the letter, which was addressed to McCain, to both the Washington Post and the Star Tribune. He doesn't pull any punches in it, particularly in regard to Mitt Romney, the former presidential candidate who belongs to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

"It has now become increasingly apparent that some are insistent that there be a religious test for the position of the Vice Presidency. The simple fact that religious beliefs are being considered is both offensive and harmful to our American Constitution...,'' Carlson wrote. "If a Mormon cannot be considered today for high office who will be eliminated from the same consideration tomorrow?" Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, an evangelical church member, is widely rumored to be on McCain's short list of vice presidential picks. Via e-mail, his spokesman said it would be inappropriate to comment.

Carlson's harshest criticism goes far beyond the vice presidential pick. He bluntly raises concerns about the influence religious "segments" have on a presidential candidate and the party itself. The word "theocracy" never comes up, but Carlson clearly feels that chill in the air.

How much impact a letter from an out-of-the-spotlight former governor can have is unclear. The GOP should take notice, though. In Minnesota and elsewhere, there's a growing sense that the party's vaunted big tent has shrunk too much, leaving old-line social moderates out in the cold. Competency, a quality satisfying a range of party faithful, should be at the top of McCain's veep checklist -- not the concerns of the party's hypervocal, ultrareligious faction.

How much impact a letter from an out-of-the-spotlight former governor can have is unclear. The GOP should take notice, though. In Minnesota and elsewhere, there's a growing sense that the party's vaunted big tent has shrunk too much, leaving old-line social moderates out in the cold. Competency, a quality satisfying a range of party faithful, should be at the top of McCain's veep checklist -- not the concerns of the party's hypervocal, ultrareligious faction.


Andy Aplikowski is a bit more direct:

Greeeeeaaaaaat!!! The Religious Bigots Are Weighing In On The VPstakes
Posted by Andy on August 16th, 2008

Tolerance is not a river in China. Religious tolerance should be the goldstandard in the Republican party. Unfortunately, it is not.

“I think Romney would be very acceptable to the foreign policy conservatives and the economic conservatives,” said Richard Land of the Southern Baptist Convention’s public policy arm. “But I think it’s fair to say that about 15 to 20 percent of evangelicals would have a difficult time voting for a Mormon on either side of the ticket.“

It is a sad day for the Republic, more so for the Republican party.


From comments:

LibertyFirst Says:
August 16th, 2008 at 2:40 pm
Andy,
Would you be tolerant if the VP choice was Muslim???
Just checking to see if you are consistent

Andy Says:
August 18th, 2008 at 7:23 am
Liberty First,
Sure, if they were a conservative, loved America, and was not abusing a religion for the purpose of terrorizing the world. There are good Muslims. There are bad muslims. No religious test, it is in the Constitution and I believe it needs to be followed when vetting candidates.

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