June 15th, 2010
11:18 AM ET

Haley's path to Christianity leaves some evangelicals uneasy

Whispers about Nikki Haley's Sikh heritage burst into public view in the final days of South Carolina's Republican gubernatorial primary when state Sen. Jake Knotts called the Indian-American legislator a "raghead."

Knotts offered a pseudo-apology and was roundly condemned for the remark. Haley went on to win the primary in dominant fashion, capturing nearly 50 percent of the vote in a four-way race. She now faces Rep. Gresham Barrett in the June 22 runoff election.

But while Haley's commanding win last Tuesday proved her electoral viability – she won 42 of the state's 46 counties in the primary, including evangelical-heavy areas like Greenville and Spartanburg – it did not completely erase suspicions about her faith.

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- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Politics • Sikh

soundoff (34 Responses)
  1. mmi16

    Religion – the glue that separates humanity

    June 17, 2010 at 4:13 am |
  2. Greg

    Is it ironic to anyone that we criticize Middle Eastern countries for being so divided on religion (e.g., Afghanistan where the different sects of Islam cannot get alone), and we do the same thing in America? We are fighting wars to force other countries to be as tolerant as the US is, but when you look under the covers we're not really all that tolerant. Who cares if she's Sikh or Christian or nothing? The question is whether she's going to pass laws or avoid laws that are helpful or hurtful to the population. I can't imagine that any particular religion has cornered the market on good government.

    June 16, 2010 at 1:59 pm |
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