Anti-Mormon Bias Persistent in Presidential Politics

(RNS) On June 27, 1844, vigilantes cornered a man who claimed to receive messages from God and gunned him down in an Illinois jail after his arrest. At the time of his death, Joseph Smith Jr., founder of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, was an...

Workplace Religious Complaints Double in Last Decade

CLEVELAND (RNS) Northeast Ohio native Suhad Hasan says neither her Muslim faith nor her headscarf should be an issue where she works. But she said they were while she was a sales associate at the Old Navy clothing store in Santa Clara, Calif., three years ago. Hasan...

Poll: Mitt Romney’s Mormonism Could Be a Primary Problem

(RNS) If Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney can secure the nomination, his Mormon faith shouldn’t be an obstacle for voters in the general election, according to a survey released Wednesday (Nov. 23). That may be a big “if.” The survey from the Pew Research...

Survey Finds Deep Challenges for Romney

WASHINGTON (RNS) More than four in 10 American voters say they are uncomfortable with the idea of a Mormon in the White House, a reflection of the steep challenge facing Mitt Romney in the GOP primary. According to a survey released Tuesday (Nov. 8) by the Public...

Catholics Urge Civility in Politics

WASHINGTON (RNS) Responding to fresh controversy over Mitt Romney’s Mormon faith, a group of Catholic elder statesmen on Wednesday (Nov. 2) called for more civility in politics, saying Catholics have been subjected to similar scrutiny. Speaking as “Catholic citizens...