Nice column, Rachel Esplin Odell. I am glad someone is willing to point out
that not everyone needs to follow lockstep in a religion. Those criticizing
Huntsman for not toeing the line of fervent testimony-bearing are no better than
the Evangelical Christians who vehemently oppose any Mormon being elected as
President. Different sides of the same dirty coin.
Today's Political purists tend to also be Religous purists.2,000
years ago, they were called Pharisees.
The issue for me isn't his faithfulness or religious purity....it's the fact
that he wasn't exactly forthcoming with these attitudes when he was trying to
get elected in Utah.
One of the best articles I've read in a long time. I would vote for Huntsman
over Obama in a minute, but there are very few Americans who would not receive
my vote against our current leftist leader, the man who demands compromise but
seldom practices what he preaches. Still, I think Huntsman was taking the
chicken way out when asked about his religion. And I do not respect him for
signing the western governor's accord over man-caused global warming, which I
consider to be junk science. And I dare say that I have read more pro and con
over global warming than probably 99 percent of our citizenry.
There is room for a wide variety of people within the Mormon religion. I would
hope the same thing is true for the republican and democrat parties. He appears
to be a basically good person with high moral and ethical values. I wish him the
best in his political career.