Some commenters on the left have tried to spin Romney's "don't hate me because I'm Mormon" speech more or less like this: "oh, how horrid that he should even have to make such a speech! But those Republican primary voters are so bigoted against anybody who departs the least little bit from Christian orthodoxy that he had no choice. We Democrats, of course, would never even dream of rejecting somebody simply because of his religion!"
Meanwhile, back in the real world, The Huffington Post (!) Reports:
"Lawrence O'Donnell...began by remarking, 'This was the worst political speech of my lifetime'...Because this man stood there and said to you 'this is the faith of my fathers.' And you, and none of these commentators who liked this speech realized that the faith of his fathers is a racist faith. As of 1978 it was an officially racist faith, and for political convenience in 1978 it switched. And it said 'OK, black people can be in this church.' He believes, if he believes the faith of his fathers, that black people are black because in heaven they turned away from God, in this demented, Scientology-like notion of what was going on in heaven before the creation of the earth...Mormonism was founded by a 'fraudulent criminal,' O'Donnell maintained, insisting that the speech was an 'opportunity to distance himself from the evils of his religion'..O'Donnell would just not let up. His kick to commercial, 'Romney comes from a religion that was founded by a criminal who was anti-American, pro-slavery, and A RAPIST!'"
Well. What can I say?
At some point, people on the left need to work it out amongst themselves whether or not it's acceptable to object to a Mormon candidate for political office, simply because he's Mormon.
So, of course, do people on the right. But, then, they already knew that.