Mitt Romney's religion has been mocked, critiqued, attacked, demeaned and mischaractereized by the political right and left. Now that he is the presumptive Republican nominee, the Democrats have already said they are not going to make Romney's Mormonism part of their opposition to his candidacy.
His religion, they said, was off-limits.
But journalist Jeffrey Weiss thinks Romney should answer some questions about his faith. After all, he was once a representative of the LDS Church, first as a missionary in France, and then as a lay leader of a congregation (akin to a pastor) and after that a "stake president" (much like a Catholic bishop).
Weiss does not expect the former Massachusetts governor to spell out chapter and verse on Mormon history or theology, but does want to know how these teachings have affected the candidate's understanding of social and governmental issues.
So Weiss, who was an award-winning religion reporter at the Dallas Morning News, has seven questions for Romney. They touch on Mormonism's positions on gender, homosexuality, the role of government, self-sufficiency versus charity, racial equality, abortion and medical and health practices.
Answers to these questions, Weiss argues, would offer a "window into a central part of the candidate's identity that voters deserve to have."
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