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 OpinionJournal.com 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.