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  • Americans Still Just as Prejudiced Against Mormons as 45 Years Ago

    Mormon Temple, UtahIn 1844, the first-ever Mormon presidential candidate was besieged by an angry mob in the Carthage, Illinois jail in which he was being held prisoner and shot several times before falling out of a window and having his limp body propped up against a well and executed by an ersatz firing squad.

    Since then, Americans' views of Mormon candidates have improved, but not by all that much

    Eighteen percent of Americans say they would not vote for a well-qualified presidential candidate who happens to be a Mormon, virtually the same as the 17% who held this attitude in 1967.

    The exact percentage of Americans who resist the idea of voting for a Mormon has varied slightly over the eight times Gallup has asked the question, typically when a Mormon was running for president, including George Romney (1968 campaign), Orrin Hatch (2000 campaign), and Mitt Romney (2008 and 2012 campaigns). The percentage opposed to a Mormon president has averaged 19% since 1967 — from a low of 17% at several points to a high of 24% in 2007. The current 18% is down from 22% a year ago.

    Well, if nothing else, at least we get points for consistency.

    Think about that! Nearly one-in-five Americans — 56 million people, the equivalent of the combined populations of California and New York — happily admit that they would discriminate against a person, based solely upon his or her personal lifestyle choices. Personally, I find that mind-boggling and embarrassing. And I'm sure the Mormon Church would agree with me.

    Not least of all Mitt Romney.

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  • Quote Unquote: 3,000 Years of History

    Andrew Sullivan on Mitt Romney's recent statement about the definition of marriage


    "Ahem. His own family were ardent polygamists only a century ago — and went to Mexican colonies to escape US federal oppression of their version of marriage… For Romney to say that the definition of marriage has remained the same for 3,000 years is disproved by his own family. It's untrue. False. A lie."


    To be fair, Mitt's father George had some pretty progressive ideas about civil rights for Republican. So, clearly, Mitt doesn't share many of his family's beliefs.

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  • The Daily Show on the Mormon-ness of Mitt Romney's Religion

    I'd have to say that my biggest concern about Mitt Romney's religion is that I don't want a Commander-in-Chief who breaks into songs every time he has something important to say. However, I should note that everything I know about the Book of Mormon comes from the Broadway musical. (Also, I've heard him sing.)

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    Coverage continues with discussion of Romney's still-gay, now-former foreign policy advisor after the jump.

    The Daily Show airs Monday through Thursday at 11/10c.

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  • Mormon Democrats Do Exist!

    You know, the Mormon Church sometimes gets a bad rap as being too homogenized. But nothing could be further from the truth.

    Too often, people forget that there are Mormons who are a little bit country, and Mormons who are a little bit rock and roll. There's pro-mayonaise Mormons, and then there's their more-raucous pro-Miracle Whip neighbors. And, obviously, there are staunch conservative Mormons like Orrin Hatch and Mitt Romney, and then there are more liberal Mormons like Harry Reid and Mitt Romney.

    Diversity, it seems, is not a thing to be shunned, but a blessing to be embraced. Just ask the church leaders

    The Mormon Church released a letter Monday urging its Utah members, in uniquely strong terms, to attend the state's caucuses next month — regardless of which party they belong to…

    But the church sought to reaffirm in the letter that it espoused no pro-Romney favoritism: "Principles compatible with the gospel may be found in the platforms of the various political parties. We encourage members to attend their precinct caucus meetings."…

    A recent Pew survey showed that 74 percent of self-identified Mormons "lean Republican," and an overwhelming portion support Romney's candidacy. Mormon Democrats do exist, but they often face criticism from fellow believers that their political views are out of step with doctrinal teachings.

    But, hey, being an oppressed minority is nothing new for Mormons. It's how they ended up moving across the continent and setting up the locus of their culture in a desiccated wasteland next to a giant lake filled with salt.

    It's also why they've gotten so good at it themselves.

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