Mitt Romney’s Evangelical Problem

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My mother asked me the other day why Mitt Romney’s religion was supposed to be a problem for him. “Because lots of evangelicals view Mormonism as a cult,” I answered, and evangelicals are a huge part of the Republican primary base. Unfortunately, my answer lacked emotional punch, and it’s not as if I can pretend to be an authority on evangelicals, so there’s no telling if she believed me. But Amy Sullivan is an expert, and she explained Romney’s evangelical problem six years ago here. Have things changed since then? Maybe, but here, via Paul Waldman, is a “lighthearted” report on a mainstream Memphis TV station about Mormon beliefs. I’m willing to bet there’s not another religion in the world they’d be willing to treat this way.

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