This Sunday, Mormons throughout Utah, Nevada, California, and Colorado will embark on a daylong fast so that Mitt Romney will “be blessed in the debates.” At least that’s the plan, according to a mass e-mail forwarded to Buzzfeed’s McKay Coppins. “From small things, great things can come about,” the e-mail’s author adds, predicting the obvious rejoinder that God almost certainly has better things to do with His Almighty time. “I know that fasting and praying brings about miracles.” But Mormons aren’t the only ones praying for Mitt. Florida evangelical group Heaven Is Easy Ministries has sent out mailers — including one to Joanna Brooks at Religion Dispatches magazine — calling for “worldwide prayer for Mitt Romney to reject Joseph Smith as a prophet and admit the Book of Mormon is false.”
“I want to say at once that this would be a catastrophe for the region” that may stoke “a surge in violence and perhaps an increase in the number of refugees,” he said during his annual televised call-in show.