That Whole “No Religious Test for Public Office” Bit Is Not Supposed to Be a Joke, You Know

by Pejman Yousefzadeh on February 25, 2012

So it is more than a little strange that some people–including at least one New York Times columnist–do not seem to have gotten the message.

As Jim Geraghty asks, what would the reaction be if one of the employees of the Times mocked Muslim or Jewish religious practices? Why is mocking Mormon religious practices considered any more justified? Oh, and by the way, Harry Reid is a Mormon too. Why aren’t any jokes made about his undergarments?

UPDATE: I am, of course, willing to bet that Charles Blow is a Democrat. Like a notable number of other Democrats, he appears to be a bigot:

Ever since Mitt Romney’s unsuccessful run for the 2008 Republican presidential nomination, there’s been much discussion of whether GOP voters would accept a Mormon candidate. Would evangelical conservatives, in particular, look past the former Massachusetts governor’s faith to vote for him? The underlying assumption was that the more conservative the views, the more intolerant the voter.

Now, it turns out a better question might be whether Democratic voters would accept a Mormon candidate. In a survey that cuts against the media stereotype, a new Gallup Poll has found that more Democrats than Republicans say they would not vote for a Mormon for president. Twenty-seven percent of Democrats say they wouldn’t vote for a Mormon, while 18 percent of Republicans say the same. For independents, the figure is 19 percent.

Of course the two Mormons in the race, Romney and former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, are both Republicans. But should either win the GOP nomination, they’ll be looking for all the votes they can get, including those of independents and disaffected Democrats. Anti-Mormon bias among any of those groups can’t help.

Readers can probably imagine what I think of a party that has such a significant number of religious bigots in its ranks. But I should note that I am always willing to revise my opinion upwards. So let’s have some Democratic leaders come out and denounce the religious bigotry that has infected such a notable percentage of the party, along with the people who harbor those beliefs. Let’s also have them call for the firing of Charles Blow. If they do that, I might be convinced that Democrats are just as appalled by the prevalence of religious bigotry in their ranks as I am.

Of course, if they don’t, then I will have to wonder whether Democrats are entirely willing to allow religious bigotry to run as rampant as possible if it helps Barack Obama win a general election campaign against Mitt Romney.

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