Monday, February 12, 2007

The First Mormon to Run for President of the United States

The press is having fun with the fact that a Mormon is running for President of the United States. Mitt Romney, former Governor of Massachusetts and a Mormon, is seeking the Republican nomination for the Presidency of the USA.

However, the press is having some problems with historical accuracy. The Washington Monthly wrote, "Americans have indeed become more religiously tolerant, but the first Mormon to run for president will clearly have to change some minds." There are several other examples of this out there as well.

Romney is not the first Mormon to run for President of the USA. Joseph Smith (the first Mormon) announced a run for the Presidency in 1844 before he was killed by a mob. Mitt Romney's dad George Romney made a strong run for President a generation ago. And Orrin Hatch of Utah and the US Senate ran for president too.

The Mormons are not some obscure cult. They are the first home grown American religion, they are growing, and they have a lot of influence in the United States. Could journalistic statements that Romney is the first Mormon Presidential candidate just be an ignorance of Mormonism and show a lack of research on this topic before writing? I imagine most of these journalists know little of the Mormons beyond that they used to practice polygamy.

1 comment:

Jennie W said...

It is amazing how almost all our presidents have all been Protestants. The US is definitely leary of anything "different." We've actually only had one Catholic president (JFK) and that is one the major religions of the US.