We have two Republican presidential candidates that are Mormon. In lieu of this, Joanna Brooks discusses here how Mormons aren’t so bad (she is a Mormon herself). She looks to dispel five myths people believe about Mormons.
The campaigns by Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman Jr. for the GOP presidential nomination, along with the popular and profane Broadway musical “The Book of Mormon,” are putting Mormons in the public eye. But common caricatures — not to mention some of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ public relations efforts — create confusion about this 14 million-strong religion.
I am not one to support any religious test for office, but I find something very odd here. We have a religion that is despised by Evangelical Christians able to have two prominent candidates for President. This a religion that is obviously false and has obviously crazy beliefs, yet, here these men are.
How many atheists are in this country? I would guess more than 14 million. But we cannot have a serious candidate for President. Something has gone wrong when reason cannot garner as much respect as lunacy.
This is not a Mormon-bashing post. This is me in awe that we seem to have a place for nearly every opinion in the American political landscape, save a few. Americans, it seems, can abide almost anything as long as it isn’t atheistic.