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As the 2012 election season picks up steam, it becomes clear: there's an elephant in this room. No, we're not talking healthcare, the economy, or job creation--on Thursday, July 12 at 9 PM EST, The Halli Casser-Jayne Show is talking Mormonism. Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney is a Mormon. If elected, he would be our nation’s first Mormon president. But too many are shying away from discussing Romney’s religion, leaving Americans in the dark about the reality of this often heavily sensationalized topic. Are Mormons real-life versions of hapless missionaries on an ill-conceived journey, as written by the creators of South Park in the hugely popular Book of Mormon? Are they polygamists? Cultists? Christians? What does Romney's candidacy mean for the Mormon community, and for the White House's unbroken streak of firmly Christian presidents? And what do American reactions to Mormonism--be they silence or sensationalism--mean for us, and for our country?
Joining us on the show is David Mason, of Rhodes College and author of “My Mormonism: A Primer for Non-Mormons and Mormons, Alike"; by Adam Christing, author and filmmaker behind the in-progress Romney campaign film "A Mormon President"; by Columbia University's Professor Richard Bushman, himself a prominent member of the LDS Church and author of a host of books on Mormonism; and by Richard Packham, a noted scholar and member of the Ex-Mormon Foundation.
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