Mormon Faith Bedevils Romney Bid

Voters wary; rivals quick to take advantage (and apologize later)
By Dustin Lushing,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 20, 2007 9:56 PM CDT

(Newser) – Mitt Romney is still having to explain and defend his religion on the campaign trail. In recent weeks, staffers for two GOP rivals sent out e-mails questioning Mormon beliefs (the candidates later apologized), notes ABC News. And Romney himself has had to battle misconceptions about his faith, especially with regard to polygamy, which the church banned in 1890.

Shades of John Kennedy (Catholic) and Joe Lieberman (Orthodox Jew). And it's not over: other aspects of his religion likely to unsettle some voters include Mormons beliefs that God was once a human being and, until fairly recently,  that blacks were second-class citizens. While some Mormons are proud to see one of their own seek the presidency, others worry that Romney's candidacy may incite bigotry.