Opposing Faiths Debate Over Religion Of The Next President

06.09.11 | Sarah Harnisch

There are some debate taking place in the faith world over who should be the next president. One of the publishers of WORLD magazine, evangalical journalist Warren Cole Smith, suggested no one vote for GOP frontrunner Mitt Romney because he is Mormon. He said a Mormon occupying the country's highest office is "unreasonable, un-Christian, and untrue to American ideals." Yesterday, Michael Otterson, the head of public affairs for the LDS church, released an open letter to Smith. He named Orin Hatch and Harry Reid, both Mormons, as examples of politicians who had done well in office. The public at large doesn't seem to share Smith's opinion. A Pew Research Center survey released last week shows 68% of Americans said it wouldn't matter to them if a President is Mormon or not.