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“You see some [Protestant] ministers saying ugly things – it’s out there,” Foxman said.

The solution, suggested Thomas Terry, a non-Mormon who teaches communications at Idaho State University, a school with a substantial number of Mormon students, was more light. “We all believe in strange things,” he said, urging Romney to emulate Kennedy’s response to personal faith and public life.

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Cragun, however, is not so sure Romney can do that without raising even more uncomfortable questions.

Kennedy, he noted, was raised as a Catholic, “but he was not orthodox and strict about it. When he came out and said, ‘I can govern without deferring to the pope,’ people could buy that. The same cannot be said by Mitt Romney – Mitt is an observant, devout, committed Mormon.”

(JTA)

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2 COMMENTS

  1. I am an ex Mormon n what they believe does not sit well with Evangelical Christians, so Americans don’t have much choice. Perhaps if an independent candidate ran 4 office that takes into account that America was founded on Judeo Christian principles, then the Evangelicals would have a better leader. Mormons are racist by nature, they only allowed blacks into the church in the 70’s. Their Book of Mormon is also suspect as it cannot be proven as The Holy Bible can be. If I was voting, I would not vote for Obama or Romney.

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