Santorum Should Publicly Renounce Anti-Mormonism

As I announced here a few days ago, a group of Florida pastors — at least one of whom is a prominent supporter of Rick Santorum — gathered yesterday to publicly demand that Mitt Romney renounce his faith.

(There are any number of accounts in the press — this one, for example — reporting on the remarks from Rev. O’Neal Dozier, honorary chairman of Mr. Santorum’s campaign in Florida, of whose endorsement Mr. Santorum has apparently been boasting as recently as within the past couple of days.)

Rick Santorum should very publicly renounce his supporter’s remarks.

I cannot think of a precedent for public demands that a leading presidential candidate abandon his faith in order to qualify for public office.  (Can you, by the way, imagine how people would — and should — react if Mr. Romney were to surrender his faith in the hope of political gain?)  The demand made by Rev. Dozier and his associates is wildly inappropriate and, yes, in a very real sense, un-American.

See this press release from the useful new group MormonVoices.

(Full disclosure:  I’m loosely affiliated with MormonVoices — whose website, incidentally, appears to be temporarily down at the time of writing.  Perhaps because of exceptionally high traffic, given this story?)

I would like to see the Santorum campaign deluged with demands that he publicly distance himself from the flagrant anti-Mormonism of Rev. Dozier and his associates.

You can contact the Santorum campaign here.

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