Romney And The Mormon Church Better Fasten Their Seat Belts, It’s Going To Be A Very Bumpy Ride
Our founding fathers made it clear that a “Christian” litmus test, was out of bounds, and unconstitutional. With that being the case, is it fair to ask a candidate about their religion?
Willard Mitt Romney, a Mormon, and a former Massachusetts governor, is running to be the Republican nominee for President of the United States. A “Mormon” question sparked a tense moment for Willard Mitt Romney, while moderating a town hall meeting where he was taking questions from the audience. ABC news reports:
A tense moment transpired during a town hall hosted by Mitt Romney today in Wisconsin when an audience member began reading verses from the Book of Mormon and questioned Romney on his stance on interracial relationships.
"OK, well, in the Mormon book it says there were a blackness came upon all the children of Canaan that they were despised," Hatch continued.
"I'm sorry we're just not going to have a discussion about religion in my view, but if you have a question, I'll be happy to answer your question," Romney said.
"I guess my question is do you believe it's a sin for a white man to marry and procreate with a black?" asked Hatch.
"No," Romney responded sternly, before turning to face the other side of the room.
I’ve personally been struggling with this question myself, is it fair to ask Romney questions about his faith? If questions about faith are considered legitimate, what questions are fair and what questions are off-limits?
During the 2008 campaign, the GOP made hay of the fact that candidate Obama’s pastor at Trinity United Church in Chicago, Jeremiah Wright, made some incendiary remarks about our country, and the 9/11 tragedy. If the same standards apply to Willard Mitt Romney, then the Mormon church and their controversial history, and checkered past, related to race and people of color, and the subservience of women, magic underwear, the star of Kolob, and reparative therapy for LGBT Mormons, will certainly be examined in the context of the Presidential campaign.
In late February 2012, during a GOP debate, Romney said, "When you have 40 percent of kids being born out of wedlock, and among certain ethnic groups the vast majority being born out of wedlock, you ask yourself, how are we going to have a society in the future? Because these kids are raised in poverty in many cases, they're in abusive settings. The likelihood of them being able to finish high school or college drops dramatically in single-family homes. And we haven't been willing to talk about this."
When New York Times Columnist Charles Blow heard this, he took to twitter and said:
"Let me just tell you this Mitt 'Muddle Mouth': I'm a single parent and my kids are *amazing*! Stick that in your magic underwear.”
Shortly thereafter, Charles Blow issued an apology. Some conservative pundits pontificated about how the news media shouldn’t mock the religious practices of individuals, just because they disagreed with them politically, even though that’s exactly what they did in the case of Jeremiah Wright.
I don’t necessarily want to mock anyone’s religious beliefs, but I do want to question how being a Mormon will influence Romney if he was elected President of the United States.
When the church decided to wade into California politics, and raised millions of dollars to fight gay marriage, political observers took notice. When Willard Mitt Romney’s Super PAC donated $10,000 dollars to the immoral National Organization for Marriage (NOM), it makes me question Romney’s judgement. When Romney points to his religious beliefs as an indication of who he is as a person, and as a leader, isn’t it safe to assume that we will look at candidate Romney’s record as governor - and we’re going to look at his faith too?
The Mormon church has some very controversial and troubling views that I’d normally say is none of my business. When a member of the Mormon church says he wants to be our President, then I would say the teachings of the church are now my business, and your business too.
This may be Romney’s first tense moment related to religion, and he’d better fasten that seat belt, as it’s going to be a very bumpy ride.
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