7:00pm Tuesday 27 March on BBC TWO
John Sweeney investigates the beliefs of Mitt Romney, the man most likely to take on Barack Obama later this year, and asks whether America is ready for a Mormon president.
Sweeney travels to Utah to examine the appeal of the world’s fastest growing religion, which has an estimated 14 million members.
He meets the stars of the expensive ‘I’m A Mormon’ ad campaign, who tell him of their dedication to family and charity; polygamists who follow an old Mormon tradition which the official Church has turned its back on and missionaries who set out to recruit new members around the world, just like Romney did in the 1960s.
Sweeney also finds ex-members who claim that they are cut off from their families and who accuse Mormonism of being a cult and explores the faith with a Mormon Apostle.
The Mormon Church sees an opportunity in Mitt Romney’s run for the White House and is spending millions on an advertising campaign called I Am a Mormon. Mitt Romney himself very rarely utters those words, arguably because he knows his Mormonism could cost him votes.
In America people don’t criticise each other’s religion, but that doesn’t mean the voters don’t hold it against them. According to a poll*, one in four Americans has said they would be less likely to vote for a Mormon. And as Sweeney follows the campaign trail he finds a Republican party dominated by white evangelicals who can’t stand Mitt Romney.