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Understanding Jon Huntsman's distinct brand of Mormonism
Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman before formally announcing his presidential campaign in Jersey City, New Jersey on Tuesday.
June 21st, 2011
02:00 PM ET

Understanding Jon Huntsman's distinct brand of Mormonism

By Dan Gilgoff, CNN.com Religion Editor

How key is Jon Huntsman’s Mormonism to understanding him and his rise as a politician?

His grandfather was an apostle in the Mormon church, his father is a lay leader in the church, and Huntsman himself was a Mormon missionary to Taiwan, which gave him the language skills that helped land his last job, as President Barack Obama’s ambassador to China.

On the other hand, Huntsman - who officially launched his presidential campaign Tuesday - has publicly distanced himself from his Mormon faith.

“I can’t say I’m overly religious,” he told Fortune magazine last year, when he was still ambassador. “I get satisfaction from many different types of religions and philosophies.”

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- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Jon Huntsman • Mitt Romney • Mormonism • Politics

Your take: Is America ready for a Mormon president?
June 3rd, 2011
11:32 PM ET

Your take: Is America ready for a Mormon president?

Our story this week about whether the Republican Party and the rest of the country are ready for a Mormon president has attracted nearly 3,000 comments and counting. The story was provoked by Mitt Romney officially launching his presidential campaign on Thursday, while another Mormon, former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, weighs a White House bid.

Comments ranged from those questioning the rationale for an article about candidates' faith to those challenging Mormon beliefs. Here's a sampling:

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Even though America is founded on freedom of religion, or *no religion,* an atheist or an agnostic has almost no chance of being elected president. Atheists and agnostics face the most discrimination out of anyone in the faith aspect of life. They have to lie in order to get anywhere. I want an atheist as president!

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- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Jon Huntsman • Mitt Romney • Politics

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The CNN Belief Blog covers the faith angles of the day's biggest stories, from breaking news to politics to entertainment, fostering a global conversation about the role of religion and belief in readers' lives. It's edited by CNN's Daniel Burke with contributions from Eric Marrapodi and CNN's worldwide news gathering team.

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