The candidacy of Mitt Romney, a Mormon, once again raises the question of what issues are off limits for questioning.
One of the many disasters visited upon the Republic by Karl Rove and George W. Bush is the breakdown of the barrier between church and state. Like so many of their ploys, this one is going to be difficult to put back in the bottle. Hundreds of millions of dollars have been either given to “faith-based” organizations, or, on the other hand, denied, for what amounts to religious differences between George W. Bush, and some otherwise perfectly useful and upright organization (embryonic stem cell research, for example). Bush himself claims to have been influenced by “God” in his decisions, making choices which were irrational and resulted in disasterous results.
To suggest that religion is not a fit topic for discussion is dishonest. It is more than a fit topic, it is a necessary one, and it is a critical topic, because religion is inherently irrational, and candidates who profess to be influenced by irrational considerations can constitute a hazard to the Republic, as Bush himself illustrates.
Bring it on.