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Study: The most accurate predictor of how a voter feels about Romney is how he feels about Mormonism

Despite his apparent disdain for religious bigotry, political pundit Andrew Sullivan RAISES a few pertinent questions about the religious backgrounds of this year’s presidential candidates:

[I]f Barack Obama had to go through a brutal process of defending the doctrines, sermons and ideology of a church he merely attended, why is Mitt Romney exempted from explaining the doctrines and statements and ideology of a church he was an actual leading official in?

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You could argue, as I do, that politics and religion are separate spheres and that a candidate’s faith should not be a major issue for anyone. But Romney is running as the leader of a party whose modern incarnation is defined by an insistence that religion and politics are inseparable, and Romney’s runner-up memorably described president Kennedy’s strict affirmation of political secularism as puke-worthy. So there really is no solid defense against an examination of Romney’s faith and how it formed him – or questioning some of his faith’s stranger doctrines. The media thus far have trod gingerly around the subject for good reason. Anti-Mormon bigotry, like racism, has been part of this country for a long while and in many ways, an election between a black man and a Mormon is a stupendous achievement for toleration in America.

And yet. There must be a way to tell a story about Romney’s Mormonism that is illustrative and helpful in understanding a man we could put in the Oval Office rather than bigoted. In my view, this should be a priority for Romney, and he should soon give a speech, like Obama’s bright shining moment after the Jeremiah Wright onslaught. But I fear he won’t…

 

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  1. Carol Foster

    There’s no need to talk about either man’s religion.
    If Republicans want a discussion, it should be among themselves concerning the person they plan to bring as their candidate.
    Democrats should not partisapate in anyway nor question our candidate as to his religious beliefs. What Republicans did in the past rests with them and was offensive and we need not join in a tit for tat, eye for an eye, style of campaigning.
    This election will be about the economy and not who did what in their personal religous lives.
    If we decide the winner of the next election will be the candidate who can sink the lowest in dirty campaigning, than maybe, what we hope to win wasn’t anything of value we should be attempting to win in the first place. If both sides don’t respect the office of President, how are Americans in general to respect it?
    Mitt Romney is a Morman and so what!
    President Obama is a Christain and so what?
    End of topic.

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