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.