Willard, no doubt reeling from Huckabee’s surge in Iowa, is going to give a speech this week about why Republicans should ignore the fact that he’s in a heretical cult embrace a Mormon.

Mitt Romney will address head-on suspicions about his Mormon faith in a speech he plans to deliver Thursday in Texas, not far from where John F. Kennedy delivered an address nearly 50 years ago that many credit with defusing concerns about his Catholic faith in his election.

Mr. Romney plans to give the address, to be called Faith in America, at the Presidential Library in College Station, Tex., 80 miles from Houston, the site of Kennedy’s speech. His campaign is calling it an opportunity for him to “share his views on religious liberty, the grand tradition religious tolerance has played in the progress of our nation and how the governor’s own faith would inform his presidency if he were elected.”

How touching.

But the Times, incredibly, fails to mention that Romney has said publicly that he would not have a Muslim in his cabinet. Romney can’t have it both ways. He can’t be reciting poetic odes to religious tolerance for a national audience while pandering to the GOP base’s bigotry on campaign stops.

How the Times can do a story on the speech and not mention this inherent contradiction is beyond me.