An early forerunner to the Mormon Moment was Ken Jennings, who a few years back made history on Jeopardy. Like Mitt Romney, Jennings is a graduate of BYU, a school that seems to attract at least a few smart students.
Jennings has made a career as an author and is also a frequent op ed commentator, often helping to explain Mormon culture to curious outsiders. So today, he has a piece in the New York Daily news that picks up the Pew study and moves on to the Romney candidacy.
Some might object to Jenning’s portrayal of Mormons as “know nothings” who try to shield their children in a paranoid ostrich-like defensive crouch. It certainly does not reflect any of the Mormon communities I have experienced in California or Utah.
But he makes some other fair points, including the notion that many Mormons are not relishing the Romney candidate, and really don’t want their faith defined by a scrappy if able politician.
Jennings is interesting, and the piece is worth the read. Read it here.