Presidential Transitions

We had a Catholic elected President in 1960. Forty-eight years later we had a black man and a woman running for the Democratic nomination and Barack Obama won the election. It is now easy for most people to imagine a woman President, black President or a President from any mainstream Christian background.

I have always wondered what it would take for a non-Christian to run a successful race for President. I may be seeing the transition. For many, the goal of defeating Barack Obama has made life-long protestant Christians support a member of the Mormon Church (Latter Day Saints).

Under what conditions would people put aside their religious affiliations and support a candidate who is openly secular humanist? Maybe we are seeing a true movement toward separation of church and state when we see crowds of mainstream evangelicals supporting someone who is certainly from a different tradition.