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Letter: Beliefs do play a part in political decisions

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Posted: Wednesday, November 30, 2011 7:00 am

I take serious issue with the premise that a political candidate's religion is not the voter's business as claimed in your Opinion piece, "Isn't it about honesty and leadership?" (Nov. 27).

The nation's belligerent foreign policy and past decade of warring against the Islamic world is very much driven by the Christian right and Jewish activists, both claiming a biblical entitlement for Israel to rule the Holy Land. Where a future president stands on this decidedly religious issue will determine if peace in the Middle East is hopeless or not.

Furthermore, the voters have a right to know if the nation's Commander-in-Chief who controls our thermonuclear strike weaponry really believes in quaint religious myths, e.g. Angel Moroni and the Golden Plates, that many non-Mormons think outlandish. Personally, I want to know if a future "President Romney" will consult the New York Times or the Book of Mormon before he pushes the nuclear button or opens another theater of war.

H. William Fogle, Jr.

Mesa

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