Stop the presses! Bombshell! OMG!
Americans’ aversion to voting for Mormons has spiked since Mitt Romney’s first presidential bid in 2007 — and that the people most wary of Mormon candidates are not Evangelicals, but rather political liberals and non-religious voters, according to new research from a leading scholar of anti-Mormon attitudes.
The overall increase in anti-Mormon attitudes among liberals may be an unanticipated consequence of the “the continuing candidacy of Mitt Romney and Mormon activism against same-sex marriage,” the study suggests.
See, it’s not that liberals are intolerant, it’s that “Mitt Romney and Mormon activism against same-sex marriage” are forcing liberals to go against their tolerant natures. It’s not their fault, the Mormons are asking for it.
liberals are tolerant, open-minded, love rainbows and unicorns and hate Mormonism http://t.co/qR6K1D8B
— Philip Hopkins (@hopbros) June 13, 2012
Ben Smith of BuzzFeed is shocked — shocked! — that anti-Mormon attitudes are on the rise among liberals.
Bit of a bombshell new study suggests that LIBERAL anti-Mormonism is sharply on the rise http://t.co/ifdBOGor
— Ben Smith (@BuzzFeedBen) June 13, 2012
But the study confirmed what conservatives have observed for months.
— KeepCalmAndDrawl (@FormerlyFormer) June 13, 2012
— John Tabin (@johntabin) June 13, 2012
@BuzzFeedBen Well, bombshell to those who haven't been reading Pareene et al at Salon, Maureen Dowd at NYT or watching O'Donnell on MSNBC.
— Yair Rosenberg (@Yair_Rosenberg) June 13, 2012
Smith can spare us his feigned surprise that tolerant, enlightened liberals have an aversion to Mormonism. It’s screamingly obvious that when it comes to embracing religious diversity, “coexist” is a liberal bumper sticker, not a way of life.
Liberal anti-Mormon sentiment is all but inescapable. Here are some reminders pulled from the Twitchy archives:
- ‘Say something nice about Romney’ hashtag brings out anti-Mormon slurs and hate
- WaPo: Hey, isn’t it time we linked Romney to an 1857 Mormon militia massacre?
- Bill Maher adding vile bigotry to his misogyny says Romney is in a ‘cult’
- Media malpractice: Press pushes to hurt Romney with Mormon bigotry, Left follows lead
- Anti-Obama super PAC plans Jeremiah Wright smackdown; Left responds with anti-Mormon attacks
- Matthew Modine bashes Mormons, defends Dan Savage and Jeremiah Wright
- Largest Obama Super Pac donor calls Mormonism a ‘cult’
And in late 2011, a national poll found:
While 76% of Republicans polled would be comfortable with a Mormon president, only 46% of Democrats said they would be. Huh. So much for that ‘intolerant’ GOP spin.
So, about that study reported at BuzzFeed? Not so much of a bombshell after all, is it?