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A Different God?: Mitt Romney, the Religious Right, and the Mormon Question Paperback – July 31, 2008


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  • Paperback: 244 pages
  • Publisher: Greg Kofford Books Inc (July 31, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1589581172
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589581173
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,685,909 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful By John Elsegood on December 26, 2008
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Perhaps it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a Mormon to enter the Oval Office.
At least that is the contention of author Craig L. Foster in assessing Mitt Romney's bid for the presidency.
In the seven chapters of the book Foster traces the rise and power of the Religious Right, a political history of the Latter-day Saints, Romney's background from Mormon missionary to man with a mission and finishes with three chapters on the Mormon question.
There is not much doubt that Huckabee played the 'Mormon card' to Romney's detriment in Iowa, and other evangelical strongholds, and his disingenuous style is revealed by the author. When asked whether he considered Mormonism a cult or religion the former Arkansas governor replied, "I think it's a religion. I really don't know much about it." But he knew enough apparently to comment "don't Mormons believe that Jesus and the devil are brothers?"
As Foster notes, Huckabee 'keynoted the 1998 Southern Baptist Convention in Salt Lake City' and since the convention's theme was to fight against Mormonism he would have been perfectly aware of anti-Mormon tracts that circulated there, including those that 'explained' the question Huckabee not-so-innocently asked on the presidential trail. It was low politics but it helped Huckabee win in Iowa... a case, perhaps, of mission accomplished but definitely not of someone attempting to 'do the right thing,' to coin a phrase and a book title!
Foster gives other examples of the 'well being poisoned' and it is not a pretty picture.When one Christian group, or candidate, attempts to denigrate another person or group of faith,albeit of an unorthodox kind, it sends a very potent message of encouragement to those who hate all religions.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Blair Dee Hodges on April 25, 2011
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The old story about America's pilgrim forefathers setting sail to find religious freedom in a new world simply doesn't bear the weight of historical scrutiny. Freedom they sought, but not necessarily for all, and "they" weren't the only ones around, of course. Things are seldom so simple. Of course, religion has often played a leading role in shaping the political and social values of Americans, but the relationship between faith and politics has been rocky overall. Throughout 2007 as Mitt Romney campaigned to become president of the United States, various polls showed that anywhere between 30 and 43 percent of Americans "would not vote for a Mormon" (121).

What was it about his Mormon religion that made Americans wary of Romney? Or did wariness of Romney contribute to their reluctance to vote for a Mormon? These questions are likely to resurface when Romney announces his next run for office. Craig L. Foster's book "A Different God? Mitt Romney, the Religious Right, and the Mormon Question" explores the interplay of faith and politics in the United States through Romney's failed 2008 presidential run. A second edition would give Foster the chance to jettison a few now-irrelevant points about the last election, though it doesn't seem one is in the works.

Before analyzing Romney's campaign, Foster spends the first three chapters providing a little historical context. Chapter one briefly explores the "rise of the religious right," an "awkward coalition of different groups" of Christians rather than "a unified monolith" (1). Since Romney isn't the first Mormon to run for the nation's highest office Foster also gives a history of the other attempts. Unlike his predecessors, Romney was running for the Republican nomination rather than as a third party candidate.
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1 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mangetout on November 21, 2010
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This is a well researched book by Craig Foster. But history and research are what drive Foster and he's good at it. I got this for my wife and she thoroughly enjoyed it. Personally, I need more pictures, but that doesn't detract from Craig's writing. Well done!
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