During the race for the 2008 Republican nomination for U.S. president, numerous commentators made comparisons between John F. Kennedy in 1960 and Mitt Romney today, and such comparisons will likely reemerge in these final months of the 2012, once Romney seals the nomination at the Republican National Convention. The idea is that Kennedy faced entrenched anti-Catholicism and managed to overcome it by convincing Protestant voters that he was their kind of Catholic--one who didn't listen to Rome. Similarly, Romney, a Mormon, while benefiting from the general impression that Mormons are conservative on social issues such as abortion, has tried to distance himself from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints--at least in terms of how the Mormon Church might affect his presidency.
In Romney's case, however, there is no question of a foreign power exercising control over the U.S. government. Mormonism is very much an American religion. Any opposition Romney is likely to face as a result of his church affiliation concerns doctrinal matters. Despite the numerous differences between Catholicism and the various branches of Protestantism, all share the same doctrine on the Trinity and the Divinity of Christ. Mormons hold different beliefs, believing that each member of the Trinity is a separate god with a physical body, and holding that Christ is the physical son of God the Father and Mary. During Romney's last presidential run, at least one commentator suggested that, for most orthodox Christians, Protestant and Catholic, these doctrinal differences may play an important role as they decide whether to vote for Mitt Romney.
What do you think? Would you consider voting for a Mormon for president? Take our poll, and please make sure to choose the appropriate option, depending on whether you're a Christian or not.
Please note: While Mitt Romney's presidential run occasioned this poll, the poll is more generic. I am not asking whether you will vote for Romney or Obama, but whether you would vote for a Mormon for president, this year or in the future.
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