Also, don’t miss David Frum, not exactly a known Bible-thumper (or at least if he were he’d only use the Old Testament!):
Perhaps you have read those news analyses that purport to explain why Mitt Romney could never be nominated by the GOP: It’s those bigoted evangelicals, supposedly, who would refuse to accept a Mormon presidential candidate, no matter how qualified he might be …..
A new poll casts doubt on that theory. A poll conducted for Bloomberg News and the Los Angeles Times found 37% of voters unwilling to vote for a Mormon for president.
Who were these unwilling voters? While one-third of Republicans said they would reject a Mormon candidacy, 40% of Democrats would – and 50% of the most liberal Democrats.
Romney’s problem is less with conservatives in his party than with liberal secularists outside it. And oh by the way, it’s not just Mormons whom the secularists dislike . If 37% of poll respondents would refuse a Mormon president, 22% of them would also refuse an evangelical Christian.
I appreciate that the theological differences between Mormons and more orthodox Christians are large and real. Politically, however, they are all in the same boat.