I am rather perplexed by the statement that evangelist Robert Jeffress made as he introduced Rick Perry at the Values Voters Summit [“Romney’s religion gets attention at voter forum,” news story, Oct. 8]: “Do we want a candidate who is a good moral person or do we want a candidate who is a born-again follower of Jesus Christ?” I was not aware that this was an either-or proposition.  I always thought that we followers of Jesus Christ ought to be striving to be good moral people.  Then again, the reason I joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was because I liked the way the church articulated and implemented the values of Christianity.

Ben Jones, Bowie

I am thoroughly appalled at the Rev. Robert Jeffress’s remarks to the Values Voters Summit.

Quite frankly, a candidate’s religious views should not be an issue. It seems the reverend has no idea about a certain provision in the Constitution explicitly stating that no religious test shall be required for public office — but then, most people seem to be unaware of this.

When taking the oath of office, a politician swears to defend the Constitution, not the Bible.  And as our country is comprised of people of varying religious beliefs — including those who do not believe at all — the Constitution should trump religious books when it comes to public policy.

Danielle Kichler, Washington

Since when does a person’s way of practicing faith qualify or disqualify him from the office of president? And when did it become the best way to cut candidates from the field? The ability to lead, solve problems and practice diplomacy are qualities we need in our president. His faith can, perhaps, give him inner strength to do these jobs well. But it should not determine whether he is fit to be elected to office.

Eileen McClure Nelson, Clifton