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How wide is the doorway for minority candidates?

When Barry Goldwater, whose grandfather was Jewish, ran for president, the columnist Harry Golden quipped, “I always knew the first Jewish president would be an Episcopalian” (“What’s next for the GOP?: A minority candidate for 2016,” Joanna Weiss, Op-ed, Nov. 11).

Governors Bobby Jindal and Nikki Haley were brought up, respectively, in the Hindu and Sikh faiths but later converted to Christianity. While one shouldn’t doubt the sincerity of their religious conversion, the real question is whether Republican supporters who advocate for a more racially diverse leadership would have embraced these candidates if they had adhered to their family religions.

Donald Altschiller


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