Kathryn Jean Lopez has an interesting interview with Michael Cromartie, director of the Evangelical Studies Project at the Ethics and Public Policy Center.
The interview can be found here.
To sum up - Mitt Romney's LDS faith could and probably will be a negative influence in a Presidential run - but an influence that could be overcome.
A couple of Cromartie's thoughts: Romney will need to be up front and discuss his faith and what it means to him; evangelicals have issues with Mormon beliefs; the "Mormon factor" will play a more negative role in the national, general election; either he or his campaign will need to state what the LDS religion believes about the relationship between church and state.
Makes for an interesting read, anyway.
There's some good blog-fodder in there, as well. Stay tuned for a post on LDS attitudes towards church & state, probably after Christmas.
As for the "Mormon Factor," well, only time shall tell.
Crossposted to The Wasatch Front.
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