“…Romney’s Mormonism and Obama’s black liberation theology…”

I think there is a racial component to the incongruity in the way the media has treated Obama and Romney’s faiths. To be sure, both Romney’s Mormonism and Obama’s black liberation theology-infused Christianity still exist—in the minds of many Americans—outside the religious mainstream. Yet when it comes to “10 a.m. on Sunday morning [being] the most segregated hour of the week,” as Martin Luther King Jr. is credited with saying, Mormon exclusion of blacks from full membership is certainly not uniquely Mormon. Instead, it belongs to a history that most American Christian communities have had to contend with. Wright’s powerful—and poorly understood—critique of the legacy of institutional racism was too direct, too on the nose, for many Americans—including the Americans whose votes Obama needed to become president.

What Can Jeremiah Wright and Joseph Smith Teach Us about the American Presidency?

Author: David Swanson

Pastor of New Community Covenant Church in Bronzeville. Collecting signs of life.

1 thought on ““…Romney’s Mormonism and Obama’s black liberation theology…””

  1. Thanks, Pastor David, for sharing this. I knew a little bit about the racist history of Mormonism, esp. after watching a PBS special on Mormons, but this article explains it well, by placing it within the framework of American racism. I was deeply disturbed that the election, at least from my vantage point, did not really discuss Mormonism.

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