Not equivalent

The Wall Street Journal has an article on Mormon reaction to anti-Mormon feeling raised by Mitt Romney’s campaign for the Republican presidential nomination:

“I don’t think that any of us had any idea how much anti-Mormon stuff was out there,” said Armand Mauss, a Mormon sociologist who has written extensively about church culture, in an interview last week. “The Romney campaign has given the church a wake-up call. There is the equivalent of anti-Semitism still out there.”

I’m sorry, but what we’ve seen is not the equivalent of anti-Semitism. It is prejudice, and unfair questions and accusations based on ignorance or hatred, but I simply can’t see it as equivalent to anti-Semitism.