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UT professor explains Mormonism, Romney view
Posted Apr 24, 2012 by Josh Poltilove
Updated Apr 24, 2012 at 12:27 PM
Mitt Romney is Mormon – but does that make him Christian?
Does he belong to a cult?
Is he a polygamist?
People have many misconceptions about Mormonism and plenty of questions about the presidential candidate’s beliefs. But while the religion has its quirks, its practices shouldn’t cause people not to vote for the presumptive Republican nominee, said University of Tampa professor Ryan Cragun.
Cragun, a former Mormon and current assistant professor of sociology at UT, explains Mormon beliefs in a book he co-authored just in time for Romney’s run for the White House. The book, entitled, “Could I Vote For a Mormon For President? An Election-Year Guide to Mitt Romney’s Religion,” is slated for release next month.
“We’re not opposed to Mormonism. We’re not trying to destroy Mormonism,” said Cragun, a 35-year-old Tampa resident. “We’re trying to explain to people that – Oh, that’s why they believe that.”