This morning the Las Vegas Review-Journal published an editorial from UNLV professor of journalism Daniel Stout contending that Mitt Romney’s Mormonism isn’t likely to be an issue in his presidential campaign or his politics. The article points out that the Mormon church advocates a separation of church and state much more than protestant churches do. Its 12th Article of Faith states a belief in “obeying, honoring, and sustaining the law” and it regularly emphasizes that the Church is neutral on political issues and candidates. The Mormon church gets involved in politics only on rare issues that affect families, marriage, and other related topics.
Current Mormon politicians like Harry Reid and Orrin Hatch span the range of political ideologies, showing that members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints don’t walk in lock-step.
While no one can say definitively what a Mormon president will be like, fears about a closed system in the White House or strong denominational influence seem premature. If elected and Mormonism turns out to be salient in a Romney administration, it is likely to be manifest in some other than partisanship or biased communication.