Ken Starr: Can I Vote for a Mormon?


Ken Starr in the Washington Post:

Tuesday’s New Hampshire primary looms large on the political horizon. In the midst of lively public debates over taxes, jobs, the national debt and similarly important questions related to the future vitality of our nation, a different kind of question continues to privately occupy the minds of some prospective voters: Can I vote for a Mormon?

This is an important question in our constitutional democracy. Without endorsing or even praising (much less criticizing) any candidate, I strongly encourage Americans who would ask this question of themselves to consider and weigh thoughtfully our nation’s constitutional traditions. At their best, those are traditions of welcoming religious forbearance.


  1. JR
    Posted January 9, 2012 at 2:18 pm | Permalink

    It is interesting to note that Romney won election as Governor of the very blue state of Massachusetts - almost the bluest in the whole country aside from Vermont, its smaller neighbor to the North. Voters in MA, the home of the country's first Catholic President, accepted Romney for who he was as a candidate. Those who have the biggest issue with Romney's religious faith tend to be conservative evangelicals.

  2. Little man
    Posted January 9, 2012 at 3:45 pm | Permalink

    The real question is "Will I vote for a Mormon?" or if being a Christian: "Will i vote for a atheistic Christian?" When there are other choices, the question becomes a matter of trust. Actually, we can vote for whoever we wish, even just because we like the color of his/her tie. Huntsman believes he can get the nation to trust him. Ha! One cannot trust hardly anyone, these days. But, no human being can live without trusting in someone or some system. We trust our military, our grocery store, our cook at the restaurant.... and some die-hards also trust NObama.

  3. M. Jones
    Posted January 9, 2012 at 4:18 pm | Permalink

    I agree, trust is the issue.. How sincere does the candidate appear to be? Have they flip flopped on important issues? Santorum does not flip flop, he is a man I can trust. Trust is key.

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