Saturday, February 11, 2006
A Mormon President?

It sure doesn't take long for our country to begin chattering about the next presidential election. We are still over two years out, and already there are rumors and predictions about the next candidates for office. According to the talking heads, who is the current Republican front-runner? Governor Mitt Romney of Massachusetts.

At the same time, many also point out a major potential obstacle in the way of Romney's possible run for the White House--he is a Mormon. The London daily Telegraph recently released "Is America ready for a Mormon president?" This report included the following:

While doctrine remains conservative, Mormons are prominent in both parties. Harry Reid, the Democrats' leader in the Senate, is a Mormon. But is America ready for a Mormon president?

Kirk Jowers, the director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah, thinks it is. He said: "The country is much more ready for a Mormon president today than America was for a Catholic president in 1958 - and that, of course, was just two years before John Kennedy won."

Polls suggest, however, that the old suspicions - in particular over the church's secrecy, polygamous past and rituals - linger.

While social conservatives, a key voting bloc for Republicans, have much in common with Mr Romney, some evangelicals dispute that Mormonism is a Christian faith. The telegenic Mr Romney is already moving to inoculate himself against this.

So, how big of an issue is Romney's faith? If he enters into the presidential race, I am sure we will find out.
posted at 5:30 PM  
Comments (2)

At 6:33 PM, Blogger Eutychus said...

John, I've got to put the question to you: given the choice between a Mormon whose political views you might agree with and a candidate who is Christian with political views you disagree with, would vote for the Mormon? Would you abstain or vote for a third party candidate? Inquiring minds want to know. BTW, I am not necessarily speaking of Romney.

At 10:13 AM, Blogger John said...


I figured someone may try to draw me out on this question, but I am not taking the bait. I do not believe simplistic responses are helpful here and I would rather have us work through the issues.

Maybe I'll eventually let people know how I'd vote in such a situation. For now, I am more interested in hearing others thoughts.


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