The interreligious opposition to Mitt Romney may have more to do with Mormon behavior than with "fantastic" Latter-day Saint beliefs. In the recent National Survey of Youth and Religion, Mormon youths are doing better on adherence to biblical behavioral standards, intergeneration acceptance, articulation of values and avoidance of self-destructive behaviors.

That Latter-day Saints rely almost exclusively on a volunteer clergy and achieve some results superior to professional clergy may be giving insecure individuals motivation for "mormo-phobic" excesses as a way of inoculating their flocks.

Thomas W. Draper