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Mormon Religion of Mitt Romney is a Non-Issue during This Election

October 6, 2012 by Jesse Schmitt in Politics with 0 Comments

John G Turner is the author of ‘Brigham Young’ and he teaches at George Mason University on religion. Harvard University of Press has published his book recently and he is a member of Local Faith Leader Network, Washington.

Republican Party candidate for US presidential election has kindled public interest in its well-known homegrown religion. Jesus Christ’s church hasn’t been in the interesting lines of this much protracted media interest for a century years. But all of a sudden, Mormonism, religious tradition of Latter-Day Saints (LDS) has been occurred as political issue during US presidential campaign.  It might as well grow bigger in rest of the campaign strategies. However, it’s not because all American citizens are pretty comfortable with the new idea of Romney, a Mormon. About 24% democrats and 10% of republicans tell pollsters that they wouldn’t need a Mormon President.

Apart from all above, Republican figure is misguiding as Mitt’s assurance almost contributed to his moderate support from evangelical opposes during 2012 campaign. Christian Protestants, Evangelicals have spent their entire year in hunting for a nominee with a faith of the same kind as them, having set aside their political issues to former governor Massachusetts, Willard Romney’s church. A large number of Democrats said that they aren’t comfortable with Mormonism perhaps they had no intention of casting vote for Republicans.

On the other hand, scholars, pundits, and journalists have written a lot of about Mormonism, which has become the political issue during 2012 election. In fact, nearly half of the citizens do not know that Romney is a Mormon.  John F Kennedy, the 35th president of US, during 1961 to 1963 too faced similar issues as a center of political campaign. He received national exposure and protesters were quiet wary of his Catholicism. Many of the protesters openly expressed concern that his religious commitment would trump his faith to the country. Evangelicals, including Bill Bright and Billy Graham worried that the Pope would receive an automatic off-hook to the White House, while liberal Protestants felt that John Kennedy might as well as break the separation between state and church. Once after he responded with clarion call or charges of religious bias, many Protestants muted their objections.

Mitt Romney is much more devout as LDS than Kennedy; both Mormons and Catholics were religious outsiders in 19th century.  Both suffered at the hands of brutal crowds and anti-Mormonism and anti-Catholicism were important political movements. Political experts believe that Romney’s religion will not be the reason for his victory or defeat.

About Jesse Schmitt

Jesse Schmitt has been a journalist for almost 10 years.  She started her career at United Press International in Providence, Rhode Island and has worked as a journalist in Washington, DC, Southern California, London and New York. Since 2005, she has written the biweekly ShortCuts column for The New York Times business section. Her personal finance columns received a Best in Business award in 2011 from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers.

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