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Pontifex Maximus?

Good heavens, Mark (so to speak), America is electing a president, not a bishop. If a candidate is making a big deal about how his or her faith is important to his or her political decision-making (you may remember that, as governor, Mike Huckabee appeared to think that he reported to God rather than the electorate) then it’s relevant, otherwise it’s not unless, I suppose, ‘external’ matters, like (as Romney has, effectively and rightly, conceded) the prejudice against Mormonism make it politically necessary. More than that, a candidate’s faith, or lack thereof, ought to be a private matter and it should be kept private, if only to spare television viewers an endless series of sacharine and largely meaningless displays of public piety. We have enough of those already.

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March Mailbag

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