Is it appropriate to demand scrutiny of Mitt Romney’s mormonism? White protestantism has always been the religious norm for US Presidents, so in addressing this question it is worth considering the scrutiny that other Presidents who were not white protestants were subject to vis a vis their religion.
(1) Kennedy’s catholicism was severely scrutinized, and as I understand it he was forced to essentially swear that he was not taking orders from the pope or whatever.
(2) Obama’s black protestantism was severely scrutinized, and he was forced to “disavow” a pastor who led a church he attended based on willful mischaracterization of some of that pastor’s rhetoric.
So it seems to me that it would be only fair and consistent with normal practice in Presidential politics to scrutinize the fucke out of Romney’s mormonism.