I posted the below text in February 2007 on this blog. This was over four years ago, but it seems extremely relevant today and worth reposting.
On February 8, 2007, the New York Times ran an article on Mitt Romney and his faith – he is an active Mormon. The article received over 500 comments from people around the country by mid afternoon. Even I commented on the article, which I don’t usually do. I still like Mitt and am interested in seeing how far he makes it in the race for the Republican nomination, but it’s likely that hatred and fear of his misinterpreted religion will unfortunately end his hopes for the office of the president. As such, is this a sad commentary on the state of the U.S. in 2007 or is there really that much to be worried about if a Mormon was president?
Personally, I don’t think that his religion should be a factor in the presidential race, at least no more than the religion of any other candidate. But it is, and it bothers me somewhat. Mormons may well still be a minority, but there are enough faithful Mormon leaders in business and politics throughout the country that it is far from inconceivable that one day a Mormon may be president. Maybe Romney is merely breaking down the walls to one day allow that to happen. Mormonism is one of the fastest (if not the fastest) growing religions in not only the U.S. but the world. The Mormon Church emphasizes family, education, and Christian values. Even if the country is not ready for a Mormon leader in 2008, it is only a matter of time before someone just as qualified as Romney, if not more so, steps up to lead. Mormons may not be mainstream, and may never be, but they are good people. And maybe one day, this country will give them some credit, as well as a chance.