Mormons and American Politics

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Republican Jon Huntsman speaks during a press conference to announce his bid for the presidency at Liberty State Park June 21, 2011 in Jersey City, New Jersey. (Spencer Platt/Getty)

With Jon Huntsman announcing his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination, Mitt Romney is no longer the only Mormon in the running. Both candidates have the potential to become front-runners in the race, even though a recent Gallup poll shows 22 percent of the nation would not vote for a Mormon. 

Mark Silk, director of the Leonard E. Greenberg Center for the Study of Religion in Public Life at Trinity College, says Romney's past failures in presidential races were in direct correlation to his religion. Helen Whitney, the producer of the PBS documentary, "Mormons," believes American's fear of Mormons has died down a bit as people understand the religion and its people more.


Mark Silk and Helen Whitney

Produced by:

David J Fazekas

Comments [6]

grandpasmurf952 from USA

the statement "Helen Whitney, the producer of the PBS documentary, "Mormons," believes American's fear of Mormons has died down a bit as people understand the religion and its people more." is troubling as the American public does not understand the true nature of this religion that denies the OMNIPRESENT GOD of true Christianity and has a hidden agenda and goal of replacing our constitutional republic with something called "Theo-democracy" which is not democracy by any stretch of the imagination!

The Mormons have already infiltrated Homeland Security, the CIA, and the FBI in disproportion numbers. They have been instrumental in creating concentration camps all over the country that are now standing by, waiting for whateve it is these people have planned!

Wake up America, the Mountain Meadows Massacre should be a clear indication of how hateful and insane this group is that advocates blood atonement and considers Joseph Smith superior to Jesus!

Jun. 23 2011 10:50 AM
Matt Hill

This is an interesting topic. I listen to this show and I attend the Mormon Church. So these are two of my favorite things! The Mormon Church does so much good for people whether they are of the religion or not such as the humanitarian efforts for worldwide disasters. Here is their response to the broadway production:

It is a great thing to learn about people's beliefs and what makes them want to be better people, no matter what religion they belong to! This is how you can learn of the mormon beliefs:

Jun. 22 2011 02:34 PM
Steve Elliot

I would, but none of this bunch.

Jun. 22 2011 09:51 AM
Angel from Miami, FL

It shouldn't matter what faith any candidate is a part of. But Mormonism is a very cloistered, for lack of a better word, religion. I just don't think Romney or Huntsman would embody this country's constitutional values.

Jun. 22 2011 09:44 AM

I would never vote for a Mormon because it exerts such incredible control over its members and demands promotion of an anti-choice, anti-woman, anti-gay agenda I find untenable.

Jun. 22 2011 08:29 AM
jay from massachusetts

Having lived in Utah for 3 years in the early 2000's, I am very familiar with both
Romney and Huntsman. My wife and i personally experienced the discrimination, bigotry,
and hypocrisy of the Mormons from high level officials down to every-day people.

We are both still suffering from PTUD (post traumatic Utah disorder). Ask almost any
person who has lived in Utah as a non-mormon, and you will get the same reaction.

I could never vote for a Mormon in good conscience based on many factors, both historical
and current. From the mountain meadow massacre to Orin Rockwell (Joseph Smith's personal
assassin) and then into the late 70's wherein the church was still practicing overt
racism until forced by the federal government to comply with the civil rights act.

Current-day: all public schools are on land sold to them by the church. Therefore, right
next door (as in 1-2 feet away) is a Mormon seminary for the school kids to attend during
the school day. The local NBC affiliate is owned by the church and follows its doctrine: therefore no "bad" shows are allowed to be broadcast.

my 3 cents,

Jun. 22 2011 06:37 AM

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