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murphyj87 Donating Member (570 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-21-11 12:34 PM
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From a Canadian perspective, the idea that two of the Republican partys most impressive would-be presidential hopefuls Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman probably dont stand a chance of winning the nomination because of their faith is a head-scratcher.

As Canadians, we dont wear our religion on our sleeves. As long as someone isnt a Satanist or a Scientologist whos partaken in some wild-eyed couch-jumping on The Oprah Winfrey Show, well pretty much give their religion a pass. As far as our politicians are concerned, we seem to judge them on their politics far more than on their faith. Do mainstream Canadians know or care where Stephen Harper, Michael Ignatieff, Jack Layton, Gilles Duceppe or Elizabeth May worship? Or even if they regularly attend church at all?

But in the United States of America, people care. Religion, in fact, is so important to most Americans that Romney and Huntsman are considered long shots to win the nomination.

I was stunned when I moved to the suburbs of Washington, D.C., almost three years ago to whats considered a liberal, Democratic area of the United States. The movers were still unloading my bedroom suite when my elderly neighbour someone I later learned was a Christian evangelical approached to ask my name, my profession, why Id moved to the U.S. and, oh yeah, my religion.

Taken aback, I answered honestly: "I was never christened, but my family is Anglican." I saw the gleam of delight in her eye as she realized shed snagged a live one. Her recruiting efforts began, and they continue to this day. She recently knocked on my door to slip an invitation to a Bible study class into my hand.
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