Are “unacceptable religions” fatal for U.S. presidential candidates?

In their new book "The Presidents & Their Faith: From George Washington to Barack Obama," university professors Steve Shaw and Darrin Grinder say Americans take nominees' religious faith very seriously


06/15/2012 12:59:03 PM

I voted in 1960 by mail from a USArmy barracks in Bamberg, Germany, a very RC city in Bavaria. I remember some of the demands being made by Protestants, e.g., one leading US Protestant pastor (Norman Vincent Peale) demanded that Kennedy not go to confession while he was president. Protestant and Republican that I was, I still recognized that this was a very silly demand. After Kennedy was elected, all the RC churches in Bamberg did display pictures of Kennedy on their doors, which I found rather amusing, since he was not their president (Luther was not the first nor the last to put a public notice on church door). Now I am a Mormon, and I see the whole religious argument just as silly as it ever was.