(Over at CNN, producer Jay Kernis published an interview with Tricia Erickson who asserts, "an indoctrinated Mormon should never be elected as President of the United States of America." Erickson also implies that Muslims should also be barred from running. Kernis kindly added my thoughts to the discussion. My response to Erickson's position is below.)
Tricia Erickson’s arguments sound remarkably like anti-Catholic attacks directed at John Kennedy during the 1960 presidential campaign. Many remember him as among the better president’s to ever serve our nation. Article VI of the U.S. Constitution, also known as the law of the land, says, “…no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any office or public Trust under the United States.”
Romney and other candidates for public office should win or lose based on the solutions they offer to the issues confronting all Americans.
Thank God followers of minority faiths, such as Muslims like me, have the wisdom of the Founding Fathers enshrined in the Constitution to protect us from people like Tricia Erickson, who seem to think a person’s choice of a faith other than hers should relegate them to second-class citizen status.