Marco Rubio -- a Tea Party darling, Republican Senator from Florida, Cuban-American and Devout Catholic -- may be disqualified from being a VP candidate in the Republican Party because... wait for it... he was baptized into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at the age of 8. This information is from an extensive article on BuzzFeed.com
A former Mormon? Well, that won't do. No, that won't do at all.
It is bad enough that we have a Mormon still in the running for president. But VP too?!
Forget the fact that Rubio was 8-years old at the time and several other family members were also baptized; forget that 5 years later he took his first communion in the Catholic Church.
... That childhood "indiscretion" apparently is enough in the minds of some pundits to knock him off a potential GOP ticket.
After all, we all know about those Mormons. What? Need a refresher? How about this tasty tidbit:
“Would the potential attraction to Mormonism by simply having a Mormon in the White House threaten traditional Christianity by leading more Americans to a church that some Christians believe misleadingly calls itself Christian, is an active missionary church, and a dangerous cult?” That was written by Santorum in 2007.
Please don't make me pull out the quotes from Pastor Robert Jeffress. You know I will...
This is what I take from this: Mormons are just fine as a socio-religious oddity in the mountains of the West, but they cannot be tolerated in any position of power out of concern for their proselytizing power.
I am amending my original assessment of the 2012 campaign. In my opinion, the country is still not ready to elect a Mormon as president and it may not even tolerate a former-Mormon-now-Catholic for vice president.
Ain't politics and religion fun?