As Mitt Romney spends the next leg of his campaign courting evangelical voters in South Carolina, his Mormon faith is expected to re-emerge as a subject of serious scrutiny. But concerns won’t belong exclusively to theologically suspicious Baptists: a newly revealed episode from the candidate’s time as a lay leader in the LDS church could raise eyebrows among women’s advocates.
While serving as bishop of a Mormon congregation near Boston in the early 80’s, Romney once threatened to excommunicate a young single mother if she did not give her soon-to-be-born son up for adoption, according to a passage from a forthcoming book, “The Real Romney.” excerpted this week in Vanity Fair.
It is difficult to judge the line of demarcation between the doctrine and beliefs of Mormons and the ways they are carried out. Let this be clear, that I am not attacking the Mormon Church, or the Mormon Mitt Romney – but I am calling into question his position on women’s rights and family values. We know that he has flip-flopped a few times… Or maybe he has just changed his mind….
Regardless, the story of a man who likes to fire, pressure women into giving up their children, and in destroying American jobs is not a good one…
As my vocal hope that Jon Huntsman would achieve the top spot for the GOP ticket, a Mormon president doesn’t bother me. What does bother me is Romney’s record for integrity.