Transcript for Romney's Faith: Behind Mormonism
We have a landmark new study to tell you about tonight with Republican front runner Mitt Romney so much in the news that study shines -- light on his Mormon faith. Mormons make up about 2% of all adults in America and the pew research study found. Most Mormon 68%. Say other Americans do not see them as part of American society. Still a majority 56%. Say the country is ready for a Mormon president. So ABC's Terry Moran sent out today to take a look at the questions behind those numbers. From HBO's big love on television and -- thanks for blessings bestowed. To Mitt Romney on the campaign trail. To their smash hits the book of Mormon on Broadway. America is having a Mormon moment. From the founding of their faith in the 1820. Mormons have been a focus of controversy and -- The new survey of mormons reveals that 62%. Of mormons say their fellow Americans are uninformed about Mormon -- Nearly half say mormons face a lot of discrimination. For America's largest homegrown religion which has long struggled for acceptance this could be a moment to change -- You feel at home. In America in the American religious life and you know David but there is a Mormon father of five business consultant and head of the Mormon Church in Manhattan. What do you say to people in America. Who don't know a lot about your faith and say it's not Christian. You hear it in the media you hear. A lot of people inquiring are you a Christian. And I simply say you know we follow Christ we have his name as the center of who we are. Pretty much makes his Christian and about those worship practices temples off limits to outsiders were secret ceremonies -- perform even though says visitors welcome on the front door right. But there's is there -- thousands of Mormon chapels are open to all for Sunday worship the temples are just for a few special ceremonies like marriages. Like so many he is proud of this state even as it stands -- do you think that. Your faith is accepted. As mainstream. American. Religious practice by the rest of America there is no quest to become more accepted. Our quest to become more mainstream as much as there is a quest to embrace more to invite more to bring more in. Terry Moran ABC news New York.
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