Romney and the religion question…

Toby Harnden, formerly of this Northern Ireland parish has an interesting religious angle on the Primary races in the US just now. Mitt Romney, one of the serious contenders for the Republican candidacy for the presidency is running into serious flak, this time because of his religion. He’s a Mormon: a religion with nearly 13 million members with many of their recent converts coming from the Bible Belt of the southern states. Nominally a secular republic, it is hard to exaggerate the importance of private belief when it comes to candidates for public office in the US. Few atheists dare wear their non believing hearts on their sleeves.

Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty

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