I am not a Mormon

I’m not a part of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.  I do not think the Book of Mormon has any historical basis, apart from the fact that it was penned by a certain individual in the 19th century, and has had significant impact on a very large number of apparently industrious people.

Still, I wonder how long it will be before it will be OK to tacitly, and directly, attack Mitt Romney on his faith.

Citing the author, as a recent New York Times piece indicated, “What we were really looking at is the biographical influence of faith on Mitt Romney’s life,” Kantor explained.

Really.  Really, I doubt it.

I think what’s actually going on is a growing attempt in the liberal media (NYT/NPR/MSNBC) to link Mitt Romney with something outlandish, thereby tainting him in the process.

When I come across an article, in the New York Times, on our current President’s faith and spiritual conviction, or lack thereof, then my suspicions will be allayed.  Yes, I’m speaking about the “biographical influence” of faith on Mr. Obama’s life (with or without reference to Rev. Jeremiah Wright), in the New York Times.

As I’ve said, I’m not a Mormon, and wouldn’t choose to be.

But I thought we were about not electing Presidents based on race or religion.

Are we?

We’ll see.

Yes, indeed:  http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/mitt-romneys-mormon-faith-tangles-with-a-quirk-of-arkansas-history/2012/05/20/gIQAKHVFeU_print.html

2 Responses to I am not a Mormon

  1. I think that’s exactly what happened to Obama and will continue to happen. He was painted as a variety of scary flavors of “otherness” including a america-hating members of rev Wright’s church, to a Kenyon citizen plotting against the USA, to a “socialist,” to a devout Muslim secretly working to make the country Islamic. Sadly, it is often the religious movement that stokes fear of other religion.

  2. billkeane says:

    Perhaps, but when ABCNews broadcast the sermons of the pastor that the President had initially championed as a major and long-time influence in his life, the NYTimes buried it. The other stuff about being a closet Muslim was material I only came across in whacky emails… (of which there were too many).

    I, for one, wouldn’t mind either candidate speaking about the things that drive and inspire them — religion included. I like authenticity, whether or not someone has faith.

    But I find the timing of stories about extremist Mormons, suddenly appearing in the WaPost and airing on NPR, interesting. I don’t think the motive is religious.

    The fact is, Romney IS Mormon. And probably somewhere in Utah there’s an LDS guy with 78 wives. I just don’t see how this helps the populace choose a solid candidate.

    This would be tantamount to major media running major stories about Opus Dei right as Kennedy was running against Nixon. It’s about the inference, and I can’t help but think it’s deliberate.

    Thanks for checking in, and for your comments!

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