It's probably not altruism that prompts Mitt Romney to rein in conservatives' criticism of President Obama for his past association with the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr.
Perhaps Romney wants to forestall focus on his own Mormon faith. Within the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, its president and members of the Quorum of the Twelve are all white males because of the church's historical discrimination.
Romney asserts but does not define values that Mormonism purportedly has in common with other faiths. He would be hard-pressed to explain why Mormonism ended discrimination against blacks in 1978 but not against women.