The blogosphere is abuzz with the news that Romney has finally announced that he will be giving his long-awaited, much-anticipated “Mormon Speech” this Thursday at the George Bush Presidential Library in College Station, Texas. Thus, the question is no longer “Will Romney give the speech?” or “When will he give the speech?” but “What will he say?” and further, is it actually going to be a “Mormon” speech? The speech, titled “Faith in America,” leaves Romney open to speak on much more than Mormonism, and statements from Romney suggest that Romney plans to speak more generally of the religious heritage of America: “I can tell you I’m not going to be talking so much about my faith as I am talking about the religious heritage of our country and the role which I think religion should play in our society,” Romney reportedly stated in an interview with WBZ-AM.
Further statements seem to hint at a more direct explanation of Mormonism, but remain somewhat ambiguous. “I will also talk about how my own values and my own faith will inform my thinking if I were lucky enough to become president of the United States.” Does his “faith” refer to Mormonism, or more generally to his personal relationship with Jesus as his savior?
The question thus remains: How much, if any, of his speech will address Mormonism directly? And how much should it? Thoughts? Speculations?