I just found your site on a search and I can’t tell you what a breath of fresh air it is to read what you have to say! I am a Mormon who is attending medical school at Ohio State University and I have gotten to know so many incredible evangelical Christians who, with very few exceptions, I have found to be kind, charitable, tolerant people who stand up for their values and beliefs. Growing up in Utah I can honestly say that I find Mormons to be trying their best to live up to the same standards. In fact I was relieved when I got out here to find that we share so many common values. I dismiss stories that try to drive a wedge between us as an attempt by the liberal media to divide the party–as I think that most rational Christians realize that we don’t live in a theocracy and we are not electing a religious leader. Never once did it ever occur to me that that I wouldn’t support George Bush because he as an evangelical Christian believes something different about God than I do. I saw him as a man of faith, courage, and conviction. I support Romney for the same reasons. It is important to keep in mind that Romney wouldn’t even be elevated as an ecclesiastical leader within the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints were he to be elected. Mormons would see him as a secular leader who has no more authority than the average member on doctrinal affairs. Frankly, it must be frustrating for the average evangelical to be projected as being intolerant by the media.
I think that the most important issue concerning religion that nobody is talking about is protecting our freedom to worship. I think that our freedom of worship is under attack and so far Mitt has been the leader in defending it–as he has shown with Catholics in Massachusetts. For this reason (among others) I will do all I can to help Mitt get elected in 2008.
We heard a lot of similar sentiments in Memphis from LDS folks. And turning to our fellow evangelicals…remember who the #2 villain in the L.A. Times poll was? Yep–evangelical Christians. Lots of people say they never want one of us to be elected POTUS. If we endorse the use of a religious test against Gov. Romney, does anybody really think it isn’t going to come back and bite us, real hard? Think about it.