THE MOR­MON MOVIE

The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics -

Amer­i­cans are al­ready mulling “The Un­de­feated,” a well-re­ceived, fea­ture-length movie chron­i­cling Sarah Palin’s po­lit­i­cal ca­reer, due for na­tion­wide re­lease at AMC the­aters later this month. Now comes “A Mor­mon Pres­i­dent,” a doc­u­men­tary re­leased as pres­i­den­tial hope­fuls Mitt Rom­ney and Jon Hunts­man Jr. hone their po­lit­i­cal im­ages and pon­der mixed pub­lic re­ac­tions to their faith as Mor­mons.

Film di­rec­tor Adam Christ­ing — not a Mor­mon but a mem­ber of the Mor­mon His­tory As­so­ci­a­tion — says pub­lic op­po­si­tion to the can­di­da­cies of Mr. Rom­ney and Mr. Hunts­man has his­toric roots.

“Most Amer­i­cans don’t know that the first U.S. pres­i­den­tial can­di­date to be as­sas­si­nated was a Mor­mon. In fact, he was the founder of Mor­monism, Joseph Smith. The Mor­mon prophet was mur­dered a few months af­ter he an­nounced his can­di­dacy in 1844,” Mr. Christ­ing says.

“You can’t re­ally un­der­stand the gi­gan­tic chal­lenge fac­ing Rom­ney and Hunts­man, un­til you un­der­stand the se­cret world of Joseph Smith, polygamy and Smith’s po­lit­i­cal am­bi­tion to build a theoc­racy in the United States,” he adds.

The film is due out on DVD on Aug. 15. See the film­maker’s pitch at http://amor­mon­pres­i­dent.com.

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