One in six Americans believe the president is a Muslim, despite his
repeated assertions that he is a Christian. And 36 percent of Americans
do not believe Mormons are Christians. Pockets of the Deep South, where
Obama is deeply unpopular, are home to some of the strongest anti-Mormon
sentiment in the country. More than half the Republicans in Mississippi
believe Mormonism is a cult. And you should hear what they say about
Mitt Romney, who is running a risk-averse campaign with a real shot at winning the presidency, has chosen not to talk about his religion. So far, the Obama campaign has stayed away from the topic — this week, when Bill Maher called Mormonism a cult, senior Obama adviser David Axelrod said attacking Romney's religion was "not fair game."
A New York Times story on his faith last weekend described his strong relationship with his church and quoted fellow parishioners who recounted how much the teachings of the Mormon faith have shaped him and define who he is and how he lives his life.
Certain voters will be skeptical of Romney's faith, and could find it a reason not to vote for him. Many of them are also likely those who believe Obama is a Muslim. That is too bad, for both men.
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