By Kurt Manwaring, For the Deseret News
The “Mormon Moment” has been gaining momentum over the last several years. As Super Tuesday results trickled in Tuesday, Mitt Romney’s religion was still making news.
An awareness of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the American consciousness has certainly outlived a “15 minutes of fame” news cycle. Perhaps starting with the Olympics in 2002 and then gaining a burst of speed when Romney first ran for president in 2008, more and more people are familiar with the global faith based out of Salt Lake City.
In 2008, Romney’s faith was thought to be an impediment to his run for the White House. In an effort to clarify his beliefs and the fact that his ecclesiastical leaders would not be making decisions were he elected, Romney gave a speech during the last election cycle that was reminiscent of John F. Kennedy’s speech aimed at quelling fears over the possibility of a Catholic president.