His point about institutional racism is well taken (and timely given this morning’s WaPo article on Mormonism going global) but nothing Mitt can’t deflect with a statement about believers sometimes disagreeing with their church’s policies and working from within for change. When all else fails, remind Catholics that women still can’t be ordained as priests and drop “let he who is without sin…” on them and you’re good to go.
The rest is surprising. Like Cavuto, I thought he’d come out and start throwing grenades about Christianity being ridiculous root and branch, in which case why should Mitt have any more to answer for than McCain, Thompson, Giuliani or anyone else who subscribes to the more mainstream version? Instead, he singles out the Mormon theory of the Garden of Eden as especially “crackpot.” Which may be so, but seems like an odd distinction for one of the world’s most famous atheists to make.