Why Mitt Romney can’t be the Mormon JFK

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By talking about his Mormonism, Mitt Romney would call attention to his Mormonism. Politically speaking, that's a huge risk. Many Americans, and Republicans in particular, tend to consider Mormonism a "cult" -- or "super spooky-wooky!" as Broadway's hit musical, The Book of Mormon, puts it.

  • gilhow

    I’m no Romney fan. I’m not even a Republican. But it is presumptuous to an awful degree, downright prejudiced, to assert that Romney can’t be as good a president as John F. Kennedy. First of all, Kennedy didn’t live long enough to prove his presidency, and Romney hasn’t even had a chance to start. Sound bites are not the material of evaluation. As we move down the line of age and size in any religion, we see more prejudice by those of other faith persuasions. A part of the separation of church and state is to eliminate all considerations of religious faith from the debate until there might be any attempt to violate that separation. Let us work and hope that time never arrives.

  • David Gibson

    Dear gilhow: Thanks for your comment. The article in fact was not about what kind of president Mitt Romney would be, or even how he would stack up against JFK. Rather it was about whether Romney would be able to counter the bias against his Mormon faith that Kennedy faced with his Catholic faith.