Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Romney's Religion Mitt Faces Trials That Didn't Confront His Father

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Romney's Religion Mitt Faces Trials That Didn't Confront His Father

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Nearly half a century ago, Mitt Romney's father, Gov. George Romney, ran for the Republican nomination for president. There were many questions about his candidacy, but almost none about his Mormon faith.

That was as it should be. Although Americans like to think of themselves as more enlightened today, in 1968 there was general acceptance that religion was a private matter and that church and state were separate. That was in part because of President John F. Kennedy, who had made it clear in his 1960 campaign that his paramount loyalty was to the Constitution.

The nation seems to be going backward. Last week, Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, said that in his opinion Mitt Romney was not a Christian. He compared Mormonism to Islam, a description meant to set off alarm bells.

Mr. Land added that he might be able to accept Mr. Romney as president, but he trusted Rick Santorum more. …

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