We recently did an interview with the BBC’s John Sweeney. It was clear to us right from the beginning that he had a slant he was trying to portray. We are used to American media, who are a bit more sly typically with their biases when they exist. Mr. Sweeney really wanted to draw us into the Romney debate. The interview was very short, about an hour and half, he came right in and wanted to get to the point of Mormonism and politics, there was no investigating, all of his questions were to lead to the answers he wanted. Joe carefully made the point that we are NOT part of the Mormon Church, and still defined who we are. He was hoping I think for a more inflammatory response.
Here is the first part of the interview:
I think it is good that we have enough progress in our country to have a Mormon Candidate, and while many people will still have issues with it as he is trying to portray in his piece, we welcome the scrutiny of Mormonism. I wish the Church would feel the same. We have nothing to hide about our faith and feel as entitled to it as any other American is entitled to their beliefs. When Mr. Sweeney says polygamists were strange but not evil, it was clear he wanted to show the strangeness of polygamy and its association with Mormons. Obviously this is because it is how he and most of Europe views Mormons. Ironically, Mr. Sweeney said the hardest part of Mormonism for him was no tea or alcohol, he jokingly said he could never be part of a religion that required that.
We had hoped he would mention our book, that was why we agreed to do the interview, but overall it is good to keep our message out. Our favorite moment, the image of Mitt telling the French to give up their wine and join him. Share your thoughts.