It looks like Mitt Romney will be explaining The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in a campaign speech at 9:30 central time from the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library in College Station Texas on Thursday December 6, 2007. This was reported on Carl Cameron’s Blog.
The issues of Mitt Romney’s being a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is being paralleled to the issues of John F. Kennedy being a Catholic.
Catholicism was an issue during the United States presidential election back in 1960, former presidential candidate John F. Kennedy addressed fears that his Catholicism would impact his decision-making, he famously stated:
I am not the Catholic candidate for President. I am the Democratic Party’s candidate for President who also happens to be a Catholic. I do not speak for my Church on public matters — and the Church does not speak for me.
Kennedy also brought up the point of whether one-quarter of Americans were relegated to second-class citizenship just because they were Catholic. Kennedy later went on to become the 35th President of the United States.
I am excited to hear what Romney will say about the Church and how he will address the fears of the public. Hopefully America will realize that this situation with Mitt Romney is no different than the situation John F. Kennedy was in. Mitt Romney is not the Mormon candidate for President. He is the Republican Party candidate for President who also happens to be Mormon.