Mormons In Connecticut

May 17, 2011

No religion that I can think of transformed its reputation as rapidly as the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

To their fellow Americans of the mid-19th century, the the implications and baggage of the term "Mormon" were pretty close to what sticks to the term "Islamic fundamentalist" today. Mormons were alien, possibly dangerous, weird and to be shunned. But in this presidential election cycle, it's quite possible that we'll have two serious Mormon contenders for the Republican nomination, Mitt Romney and John Hunstman.

And yet, here in Connecticut , I sense that Mormons are not fully accepted. I'd divide that phenomenon into two classes: the belief that Mormons are exotic people who must live somewhere else, - in Utah or in special enclaves - and the belief that the fundamental tenets of Mormonism, as a revealed religion, are just plain weird. We'll deal with both.

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