ROMNEY: THERE SHOULD BE NO RELIGIOUS TEST FOR PRESIDENCY

From the story: Romney said faith by itself should not be the reason to elect or reject someone for public office. He mentioned the word "Mormon" only once and described his respect for various religions: from the "profound ceremony" of Catholic Mass to Jewish traditions and the "frequent prayer" of Muslims. (USA Today)

From Hewitt: …in all but the most jaded, iconoclastic or biased eyes, he carried it off magnificently. (Townhall) Hewitt also notes this from a Dr. James Dobson press release: “Gov. Romney’s speech was a magnificent reminder of the role religious faith must play in government and public policy. His delivery was passionate and his message was inspirational. Whether it will answer all the questions and concerns of Evangelical Christian voters is yet to be determined, but the governor is to be commended for articulating the importance of our religious heritage as it relates to today.” (Townhall)

From the Wall Street Journal: A recent Pew poll shows that only 53% of Americans have a favorable opinion of Mormons. That's roughly the same percentage who feel that way toward Muslims. By contrast, more than three-quarters of Americans have a favorable opinion of Jews and Catholics. Whatever the validity of such judgments, one has to wonder: Why does a faith professed by the 9/11 hijackers rank alongside that of a peaceful, productive, highly educated religious group founded within our own borders? (When was the last time a Mormon tried to commit mass murder in name of God?) (WSJ)

Speech Transcript: (Townhall)