Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Monday quickly shot down a hostile question regarding his Mormon faith during a town hall event in Green Bay.
Bret Hatch, a 28-year old Ron Paul supporter, according to CNN, began reading a passage from the Book of Mormon that said the children of Canaan were despised for their blackness. But Romney cut him off, asking if he had an actual question.
“I guess my question is, do you believe it’s a sin for a white man to marry and procreate with a black?” Hatch asked.
“No. Next question,” Romney responded.
He later explained that he had been a bishop at his Boston church, where he counseled members of the congregation about unemployment, marital issues, and similar problems.
Many conservative Christians — a major base of the Republican Party — see Mormonism as a heretical offshoot of their religion, which has lead some to question whether Republican voters could support a Mormon president.
According to a Pew Research Center survey from 2011, 53 percent of white evangelical Protestants said Mormonism was not a Christian faith.
However, those same voters overwhelmingly support Romney in a hypothetical match up against President Barack Obama.
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