Can you explain why this is?
Yes, I would still vote for the candidate.
No, I would not vote for the candidate.
Depends (on how less-qualified the other candidates are)
Can you explain why this is?
I guess, when you feel like you must initialize your OP by instantiating a negative declaration about that which you also conclude is not an input to your algorithm for who gets elected as President, the rest of what you say might be labored with additional suspicion that you had not initially accounted for, thereinafter.
Your question is laden heavily with bias, assumption, presupposition, insinuation, circular reasoning and prejudice - just to name few of the more 'positive' attributes of your OP. The most weighted of these attributes is not all that clear upon first reading. I was initially struck by the timidity with which you delivered your clear anti-Islamic prose, as you attempted to cloak them in a wading pool of 'what-if' allegoric narration that lead to 'the big surprise' of a candidate for President announcing to the country that he/she was indeed converting to Islam.
I could wax fairly autonomously on that one shielded observation alone and reason singularly to a conclusion that your OP, is really nothing more than a myopic view of a world in which you probably don't have a broader view that extends beyond our Western Culture. Essentially, I could take your OP down a thousand paths and derive the exact same conclusion. So, the mathematics behind your OP is very transparent in that regard.
However, instead, I will simply say this - You will find no utterance anywhere within the United States Constitution that prohibits any U.S. Citizen from voting for a Presidential candidate based on their religious beliefs. In addition, you will find evidence that those who drafted and signed the United States Constitution, did so with every intent to let future generations of U.S. Citizens know the importance of maintaining protocol that allows for the separation of both church and state. Moreover, upon a deep and reflective reading of the Declaration of Independence, you should come away with one of the moral imperatives embedded within, that causes one to become fully aware of the importance in maintaining the heritage of the United States of America, as the world's de facto standard-bearer for multi-cultural tolerance and expressed religious freedoms.
Figuring out whether or not I would vote for a candidate who happens to be Muslim, should now be child's play. Your question is an I.Q. Test, at a minimum and a Hypocrisy Test, just as forcefully - whether you understood it as much or not.
We could expand this thread to explore the real differentials between Mormonism, Islam and Christianity, so that your OP can be full understood for what it is at its core. However, my experience with this board is that no such dialog and/or deep discussion would either be favored, or even tolerated by the forums "elite."
So much for optimal on-line linear dialectic medium for discussion and debate.
The OP has the floor.
Last edited by PW4000; 10-17-12 at 01:22 PM.
John Locke said Catholics and atheist should be excluded from public office.
Catholics because they had sworn an allegiance to a foreign crown,
and atheist, because they lacked a moral compass.
I think a Muslim wanting to be President would fit into the same argument.
He would hold the laws of Islam higher than our Constitution.
If the two laws came into conflict, he would have a real jehad(in the other meaning) on his hands.
The problem is you really don't know what is in the heart of any Muslim.
"God Bless Our Troops in Harms Way."
Women (Nasty or otherwise) are going to be the reason that Donald Trump is NEVER President!
Gary Johnson 2012!!!
There is all the difference in the world between treating people equally and attempting to make them equal. - F.A. Hayek
And of all the religions mentioned on this page, only Muslims actually follow those marching orders today. And of those who do, a small % of them use violence to obey Allah's edicts and emulate Muhammad's example.
Finally, I can't speak with any knowledge of the other examples you listed, but why didn't you specify the Palestinian's everlasting hatred toward the Israelis in the name of Allah, and what they do to prevent peaceful co-existence in that region?
Oh, and one more thing...we mustn't forget the traditional animosity and violence toward Jews, generally, by Muslims, generally.