Doug Wead The Blog

“It ain’t easy being green”

– Kermit the Frog

It ain’t easy being LDS, especially when you are running for president and 48% of the country claim to be born again Christians and many of them have been hostile to your Mormon religion, labeling it a cult. Getting the nomination takes a bit of genius, or an act of God, since the path starts with a march through the cornfields of Iowa, where “born againers” lay in wait and reaches its crescendo in the South on Super Tuesday, where evangelical Southern States dominate.

I experienced this bias against Mormons during my work in the White House.  I was trying to get the Medal of Freedom for Ezra Taft Benson when fellow staffers who were LDS pulled me aside and said, “Don’t even try.”  (It finally happened for Gordon Hinckley.)

And so, while John McCain was launching his general election…

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