America, land of religious freedom, but not free from bigotry.

Will Americans put a Mormon in the White House?

“Why, I can’t tolerate the thought of a Mormon being a US president,” so think 17% surveyed.


Mitt Romney on the Issues

-Mitt Romney Confronts Mormon Issue
With Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney being discussed as a potential candidate for the 2008 Republican nomination for president, observers have raised a crucial question: Will Americans put a Mormon in the White House?

Writing for the Wall Street Journal’s this past weekend, James Taranto points out that the “Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is indigenous to America, but many Americans view it with suspicion. In a 1999 Gallup poll, 17 percent of those surveyed said they would not vote for a Mormon for president, far more than said the same of a Jew (6 percent) or a Catholic (4 percent).”

…But Taranto observes: “The trouble is that much of today’s anti-Mormon sentiment is found on the religious right, a constituency that looms much larger in the GOP now than it did in 1968, or than it ever has in Massachusetts. Ask a conservative Christian what he thinks of Mormonism, and there’s a good chance he’ll call it a ‘cult’ or say Mormons ‘aren’t Christian.’”

However, Romney – who has announced that he won’t run for re-election in Massachusetts next year – is in step with the Christian right on the issues, Taranto concedes.

He is pro-life, but believes the individual states should decide their own abortion policy, and he vehemently opposed the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court’s 2003 decision to allow same-sex marriage.


Posted on January 23, 2006, in Mormonism/LDS Church, News and politics. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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