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GOP Jewish group: Don’t impose beliefs

The Republican Jewish Coalition urged candidates to be “mindful” of not imposing their beliefs on others.

“RJC urges the presidential candidates to uphold the long-held American tradition of religious tolerance and respect for religious diversity,” said a statement from Matt Brooks, the coalition’s director. “While expressing the importance of one’s personal faith is perfectly understandable, I hope the candidates will be mindful of not imposing their religious beliefs on others. Questions involving theology have no place on the campaign trail.”

The statement did not name a candidate, but Republican Jews are known to be uncomfortable with statements by Mike Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor. Huckabee has called himself a “Christian leader” in ads, and his campaign workers reportedly have made an issue behind the scenes of the Mormon faith of another candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.