Cal Thomas: Romney and the religion question – sacbee.com
…The poll results may reflect attitudes toward Mormonism that are similar to what non-Catholic voters thought about Catholics four decades ago. Some may get their impressions of Mormonism from the HBO series “Big Love,” about a modern polygamist and his three wives (the church banned polygamy in 1890 as a condition for Utah’s admission to the Union, which took place in 1896).
If an ambulance hits me, I care less where or how the driver worships than I do about his sense of direction to the nearest hospital. It troubles me not that a Mormon might be president. It does trouble me a great deal that so many people would think a person’s faith – whether one shares it or not – should be the only reason to deny someone the presidency. Perhaps if Romney decides to run it won’t matter too much of that 37 percent, anymore than it eventually did during the 1960 campaign when the issue was Catholicism.