Round One: The New Yorker
The US Presidential race begins in Iowa. Since what happens there affects us here, itâ€™ll be interesting to see which Republican candidate wins the most religious votes. Religion isnâ€™t supposed to be an election issue, but try telling them that.
Out in Iowa, with the bell at last ringing and the combatants charging out of their corners, the Republican card has come down to the Maulinâ€™ Mormon versus the Battlinâ€™ Baptist. Would the Framers be pleased? Doesnâ€™t seem likely, somehow. The deists, freethinkers, and assorted Protestants (plus two Catholics) who drafted the Constitution sternly forbade theological sucker punchesâ€”â€œNo religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United Statesâ€ was how they put itâ€”but todayâ€™s Republicans make their own rules.