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  •  I don't think Romney's Mormonism will go anywhere (2+ / 0-)

    I see the problem among right-wing evangelicals, but I don't see any of that playing out in the general.  Frankly, I can't see many supporters on our side will even "go there", though some moneyed folks may.  

    I suspect the whole plural wives thing will rightly be seen as historical artifact.  The exclusion of African Americans is more problematic, of course, but was Mitt all that prominent in the Church until 1978, when the policy changed? (I guess his "zone commandership" in France in 1968 counts for something.) As a half-Jew, I particularly hate the after-death baptism thing, but I'm not sure it'll gain legs among moderate independents.

    •  Romney was a bishop in the Mormon Church and (1+ / 0-)
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      dodged the Vietnam War to go serve as a Missionary in France.
      I think this falls into the same argument that people made about Jeremiah Wright. "How could he stay in that church while he spewed hatred?" For Romney it could be, "How could to spread your religion internationally and be a Bishop in a church that did A, B and C?"
      Obama was simply sitting in the pew, Romney was active.
      I think his religion will depress GOP turnout and sway independents our way.

      When the operation of the machine becomes so odious that you can't take part,you've got to put your bodies upon the gears;you got to make it stop.Indicate to the people who run it that unless you're free the machine will be prevented from working at all

      by YoungArizonaLiberal on Sat Mar 31, 2012 at 03:25:49 PM PDT

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    •  The plural-wives thing . . . (2+ / 0-)

      . . . is not historical artifact to the religion, as, apparently, the current tenets of Mormonism promise men plural wives in the afterlife, just not here on earth. The idea of men being rewarded with hordes of women in the afterlife sounds awfully close to the extremist* idea in Islam of a man being rewarded with virgins. Extremist religion and misogyny seem to go hand in hand.

      *I am well aware that not all Muslims adhere to such an extremist doctrine. I'm only talking about the extremists, not every Muslim. Extremist religion is counterproductive to progress, no matter what the religion.

      29, chick, Jewish, solid progressive, NY-14 currently, FL-22 native, went to school in IL-01. Mitt Romney: the Kama Sutra candidate. There's no position he hasn't tried!

      by The Caped Composer on Sun Apr 01, 2012 at 09:17:56 AM PDT

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      •  Yep very true. My grandfathers had two wives, they (1+ / 0-)
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        are Muslim. My parents don't believe in plural marriage so they are only married to each other, they are Muslim.
        RightWingers completely forget this: 1) African Muslims Exist  2) Not all of them have multiple wives 3) They are more likely to believe in science/evolution (as my parents do) than many evangelicals.

        When the operation of the machine becomes so odious that you can't take part,you've got to put your bodies upon the gears;you got to make it stop.Indicate to the people who run it that unless you're free the machine will be prevented from working at all

        by YoungArizonaLiberal on Sun Apr 01, 2012 at 10:29:49 AM PDT

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      •  Truly did not realize (0+ / 0-)

        I really didn't know about the plural wives in heaven thing.  I figured it died not much after the plural wives on earth shtick.  That's not GOOD and it does reflect a misogyny, but it's pretty far down in the weeds.

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