GREEN BAY, Wis. – Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney was questioned about his Mormon faith while campaigning for Tuesday’s Wisconsin primary.
A Ron Paul supporter, 28-year-old Bret Hatch, asked Romney whether he agreed with a passage from the Book of Mormon that describes a cursing of people with a “skin of blackness.” Romney’s staff took away the microphone before the Green Bay man could read the passage.
“I’m sorry, we’re just not going to have a discussion about religion in my view, but if you have a question I’ll be happy to answer your question,” Romney said Monday.
Hatch then asked whether Romney thought it was a sin for interracial couples to have children.
“No. Next question,” Romney responded curtly.
Hatch was citing verses from Mormon scriptures which he argued called it sinful for blacks and whites to have children.
Such allegations are often made by critics who accuse The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints of racism and consider Mormon teachings heretical.