Mitt Romney faces a challenge in his religion speech that John F. Kennedy didn’t. While Kennedy had many arguments at his disposal, at the end of the day his speech emphasized how little his religion would influence his decision-making as president and the limited role he believed religion should play in the public square. Neither of those arguments will resonate much with evangelicals, who want to defend religion in the public square and believe obedience to the Gospel should trump other considerations. And assuming skeptical evangelicals are indeed his audience, he has to find a way to say that his theology doesn’t matter without seeming to impugn those who take these theological differences very seriously.
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