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Ever since the origin of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Church members (Mormons) have experienced religious and physical persecution. Today’s persecution comes from pseudointellectual attacks by “Christian scholars.” Using media technology, they spread false claims about the LDS Church and its teachings to large audiences, in the same spirit and manner as anti-Semitic polemics of earlier times.
[Note: I am a democrat and will probably not vote for Mitt Romney
(for purely political reasons), however, I have been appalled at the way he has been treated in media. I found Lawrence O’Connel’s recent rant on the McLaughlin group particularly outrageous. In any case, I have been pleased that a number of my fellow Jews have been writing in defense of Mitt and Mormonism and, as far as I know, none have been against him.]
In Iowa, at the end of Mitt Romney’s speech, he told a story from the early days of the First Continental Congress, whose members were meeting in Philadelphia in 1774: “With Boston occupied by British troops . . . and fears of an impending war . . . someone suggested they pray.” But because of the variety of religious denominations represented, there were objections. “Then Sam Adams rose and said he would hear a prayer from anyone of piety and good character, as long as they were a patriot.”
Were Adams alive today, he most certainly would hear a prayer from a Mormon. It is hard to imagine a group more patriotic than the modern Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. But there is reason to believe that voters in Iowa and elsewhere will not accept Mr. Romney’s invitation–put forward implicitly in his remarks at the George Bush Library–to ignore religious differences and embrace him simply as a man of character who loves his country.