In his convention speech, Mitt Romney made very little of his Mormon faith, his work in the church or how that church might influence how he sees his relationship between God and the nation. And perhaps because of this, his "narrative" was dangerously idolatrous.
If a candidate were proclaimed an ambassador of the Roman Catholic church or of the South or of the Ivy League educated, wouldn't we insist upon knowing exactly what this meant before we sent the man to the White House?
Being a Mormon certainly does not disqualify him from holding high office, but given the record of the LDS Church on race, and his continued high position within that church, he should have to give substantive answers on the issue.
It was Joseph's ingenuity and rebelliousness that had drawn me in, and his religious vision that had brought me to the precipice. Since that's what I'd come for, I knew I could not stay.
What the Romney campaign doesn't want to acknowledge is the fact that Romney is talking about Mormonism now because he couldn't talk about it before.
I have difficulty accepting that those who preach hate, intolerance and just plain evil from the pulpit, the Amud, the minbar or from whatever elevated religious or political position they hold, are hearing and relaying the Word of God.
Mormons believe that they are a modern Israel led by modern prophets, and they see the voice of those prophets as having special authority. Repudiating such prophetic voices feels disloyal, like rejecting the Bible, which is, after all, a collection of prophetic voices from the past.
Now that Mitt Romney will formally accept the Republican Party nomination next week in Tampa, one major constituency group within the GOP finds itself wrestling with party vs. faith.
While the Church has renounced polygamy politically, it has never done so theologically. This ambiguity has haunted them ever since.
Brigham Young was probably the most oft-married man in 19th-century America. But the sheer variety of his marriages makes it difficult to make sense of them.
If he does decide to reveal a bit more of his Mormon story, he will show by example that Mormons have nothing to be ashamed of in sharing our stories more openly, and nothing to fear.
Mitt Romney has very big problems as he contemplates rolling into Florida's hurricane country for an even windier than usual GOP confab. Frankly, he's fortunate that he's not already set to lose by a landslide.
The inquisition into Barack Obama's family is in total contrast to the avoidance of Mitt Romney's Mexican Mormon past. As recently as 2009, Meredith Romney, a relative of the Republican nominee, was kidnapped by Mexican gunmen in a strange vendetta involving drug cartels, land disputes and private militias.
Their role should be to help people to separate the truth of the candidates they see from the stories that carry us. If anything can convince another to follow the straight line, it is the power of God's word. I say we apply it.
Those who support school choice initiatives are wittingly or unwittingly complicit in the disintegration of the great American experiment.
Nineteenth-century Catholic and Mormon leaders initially pointed to the church as the primary vehicle of social welfare. But the complexity of modern economies led both churches to recognize the essential role of the state in creating and maintaining a broad safety net for the poor.