From Fox News:
BOSTON â€” Republican presidential hopeful Gov. Mitt Romney answered rival Mike Huckabee’s upcoming published comments about Mormonism, declaring Wednesday that “attacking someone’s religion is really going too far.”
In an article to be published Sunday in The New York Times, Huckabee, an ordained Southern Baptist minister, asks, “Don’t Mormons believe that Jesus and the devil are brothers?”
Romney, vying to become the first Mormon elected president, declined to answer that question during an interview Wednesday, saying church leaders in Salt Lake City had already addressed the topic.
“But I think attacking someone’s religion is really going too far. It’s just not the American way, and I think people will reject that,” Romney told NBC’s “Today” show.
Asked if he believed Huckabee was speaking in a coded language to evangelicals, Romney praised his rival as a “good man trying to do the best he can,” but he added, “I don’t believe that the people of this country are going to choose a person based on their faith and what church they go to.”
Huckabee has been surging in recent opinion polls, taking the GOP lead in Iowa and pressing closer to Rudy Giuliani in polling.
At this point it’s really hard to tell if Huckabee was sincerely just clueless in asking that question or if he was trying to plant a bad seed of thought in people’s minds, but I’m not here to debate either issue.
What I WILL debate is Romney’s naivety in thinking the American people don’t care what religion their president is. He’s clearly forgotten the fear the American people had when Kennedy was elected, that he would take direction from the Vatican due to his Catholic faith.
Unfortunately religion is at the very center of this war we are engaged in and has become a centralized topic of news for the past years mainly due to the war, the Da Vinci Code, and all the priests engaging in sexual intercourse with young boys.
Of course the people are going to be concerned about the faith of their next President, you don’t think a Muslim will ever get elected do you? How could Romney make such a silly uneducated comment?