- First Amendment: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof".
- Article V1: "No religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States"
Or maybe it does?
We've all heard the old adage, something about being able to tell alot about a person by the company they keep. When people position themselves as members of a specific group, even a religious group, they align themselves with that group. If I say "I'm Catholic" that means that I'm part of a specific group that has specific beliefs and requirements - and by putting myself in that category, doesn't that mean that I am aligning myself with those beliefs?
Mormons belielve in abstinence from all alcoholic beverages, all hot drinks (so Diet Coke may be alright but coffee and tea are not), that marriage is only between a man and a woman, is mostly against abortion (though they do allow a few exceptions after thorough prayer reflection), that women cannot be of the most senior level leader in the church, among lots of other things. (In some ways this is an unfair representation of what Mormon's believe - its' like saying, Catholics are pro-life and pro-abstinence. It's true, but it doesn't paint a picture of their faith). I'm not making any judgment - I call myself a "Cafeteria Catholic" knowing that I'm therefore linked to people/beliefs that I'd rather not be.
I guess all of this is to say that it's going to be an interesting 13 months - who knows what will happen or who will enter the race. And while I don't know for certain which name I'll be selecting, I know I can rule out two - and not just because their Mormon.