Public political discussion of Governor Romney’s faith in recent weeks, however, has been marked by so many flagrant misstatements about that faith, and the repeitition of so many long-conventional bigotries about it, that it seemed to me to far beyond the limits of fair discussion. ~Michael Novak
So many flagrant misstatements? Which misstatements are these? Even if this is were tue, Novak’s point here seems to be that a little-understood religion is not well understood and open to mischaracterisation, so it is high time that we stop talking about it. I confess that I don’t understand the complaints about unfairness at all. Is it unfair to state publicly what a religion teaches? If it is indeed the case that someone in this debate has erred and misrepresented LDS teachings, it seems to me that it is all the more important for those who see these statements as misrepresentations to step in and correct the record. In the course of any other discussion, that is what would happen. The natural response is not, “Everyone is being unfair to this presidential candidate, so I will endorse him.” By the same token, I should endorse Obama if I think that it is unfair that people spread the falsehood that he is a Muslim. This is, to put it mildly, a strange approach to political endorsement.