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  •  Anyone got an address to write Barbour? (3+ / 0-)
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    I get there would be a conservative knee-jerk reaction to claim that Wiesel is trying to smear Romney with this offensive and appalling practice. I'm not thrilled that Wiesel brought Romney into it, but I also get that he's trying to leverage that -- not to hurt Romney, but to get the Mormons to truly stop what they're doing regarding Jews. People on the right need to step back and realize that's what is going on. Then, they need to acknowledge what what the Mormons are doing is contemptible -- and stop trying to link criticism of the practice to the Democratic Party and the Presidential campaign.

    I would like to actually reach out to Barbour and see if I can make sense of this for him.

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    by FischFry on Fri Apr 27, 2012 at 07:55:39 PM PDT

    •  Wiesel didn't bring Romney into it. (4+ / 0-)
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      Barbour brought Romney into it.

      BARBOUR: They have not, but certainly other people have. Elie Wiesel, who is a big Democrat, made the point that Mormons shouldn't be carrying on some of their practices.
      Elie Wiesel has been trying to stop Mormons from baptizing deceased Jews for several years. It takes an evil person like Barbour to conflate the two.

      Your left is my right---Mort Sahl

      by HappyinNM on Fri Apr 27, 2012 at 09:05:24 PM PDT

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      •  Actually, you're 100% wrong about that (0+ / 0-)

        From the that started this flap (and, when I say "started" it, I mean with respect to Haley Barbour and Wiesel, because it's the Mormons that started this shit):

        "Elie Wiesel, the Holocaust survivor who has devoted his life to combating intolerance, says Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney "should speak to his own church and say they should stop" performing posthumous proxy baptisms on Jews." (emphasis added)
        "Wiesel said that the situation has gotten so out of hand that the most prominent Mormon in the country should speak out about it.

        "I wonder if as a candidate for the presidency Mitt Romney is aware of what his church is doing. I hope that if he hears about this that he will speak up," Wiesel said, noting that a presidential candidate "should comment on everything."  (emphasis added).

        As I wrote in my initial comment, Wiesel did bring Romney into this, and Barbour was responding to that. As I also wrote, Wiesel is understandably trying to leverage this peculiar circumstance to get Romney to lean on the Mormon Church to actually end this practice. once and for all -- not to hurt Romney, but just to end this practice. Barbour should not try to make it about left vs. right politics, because that's not what Wiesel was doing.

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        by FischFry on Mon Apr 30, 2012 at 06:40:47 PM PDT

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