I lived in Utah for almost a year- and, from experience, I can tell you that Mormons (i.e. Members of the Church of Latter Day Saints or LDS) are actually pretty nice people.
They don’t push their religion on you and they aren’t judgmental.
If you invite someone out for a drink after work (Mormons don’t drink alcohol) or offer to get them a cup of coffee (Mormons don’t consume caffeine)- they are not offended they simply decline politely.
The rest of the world, however, is not so polite when it comes to the Mormons.
Historically, they have been feared and abused. One of the best examples of this was Missouri Execute Order 44 (1838) which made it legal to kill any member of the LDS church. And, while mobs of crazed locals are no longer murdering Mormons, people still think of them as weird and cultish.
Which, I imagine, is why Mitt Romney’s biography does not mention anything about his membership in the LDS church.
It does, however, say this:
“Governor Romney received his B.A., with Highest Honors, from Brigham Young University in 1971.”
And, if you know anything about BYU, then you know that Mitt is, most assuredly, a Mormon.
Brigham Young University, often referred to as BYU, is the flagship university of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). About 98% of the students at BYU are members of this church and, as a condition of admission to the university, they commit to obey a stringent honor code prohibiting alcohol and extramarital sexual relations. Each LDS BYU student is part of a Mormon congregation with about 150 people in it, and this congregation forms the primary social hub for students. BYU does not have a Greek system. BYU also does not have a Spring Break.
Again, I like Mormons- and I certainly think we need more politicians that don’t drink and don’t have extramarital sex. Hell- it would even be nice to see politicians taking fewer breaks to focus on their work.
Unfortunately for Mitt, with the world’s attention focused on the capture and upcoming trial of Warren Jeffs, the polygamist Mormon kook, our country is much more likely to elect a woman or (gasp) an African American president if the other candidate is a Mormon.
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