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Is Mitt Romney’s Mormonism fair game?  

Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign has developed a simple method to determine whether coverage of the candidate’s Mormonism has crossed a line.

“Our test to see if a similar story would be written about others’ religion is to substitute ‘Jew’ or ‘Jewish,’ ” Romney campaign spokeswoman Andrea Saul wrote in objection to a Washington Post article last fall about the candidate’s role as a church leader in Boston.

She pointed out a passage that explained a central tenet of Mormonism. It described the belief that Christ’s true church was restored after centuries of apostasy when the 19th-century prophet Joseph Smith translated the Book of Mormon from golden plates that he discovered in Upstate New York.

“Would you write this sentence in describing the Jewish faith?” Saul asked in a November e-mail, adding: “ ‘Jews believe their prophet Moses was delivered tablets on a mountain top directly from G-d after he appeared to him in a burning bush.’ Of course not, yet you reference a similar story in Mormonism.”

Oh, this get's worse below the fold...

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Now that Romney has secured the necessary delegates to become the Republican nominee, that challenge is front and center. Obama strategist David Axelrod has suggested that Mormonism is off limits as political ammunition. Yet news outlets delve into Mormon apocrypha, and comedian and Democratic super PAC donor Bill Maher launches salvo after salvo against Romney’s faith.
But Romney clearly prefers to talk about his religion on his own terms.

At an event in Wisconsin in April, a man began asking the candidate about some of the more controversial aspects of Mormonism, including its past ban on blacks in the priesthood.

“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?” the man asked.

“No,” Romney snapped, turning to the other side of the room. “Next question.”

Many of Romney’s supporters, and even some of his former opponents, have advised against it.

“I would not recommend that,” said former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, who beat Romney in the 2008 Iowa caucusesand once had to apologize to his rival for asking if Mormons believed that “Jesus and the devil are brothers.” “For the same reason that a Pentecostal goes out and says, ‘This is what I believe about speaking in tongues’ to a nonbeliever, they are not going to get that. They are going to think, ‘Gosh, that’s something I don’t understand.’ If a person talks about when they pray they really hear God speaking to them, that spooks some people, that just creeps them out. They don’t get it.”

I really don't care if he worships Zuul.  This sh*t does not help.  FU Romney campaign for playing the "Jew" card... Fuck You.

MSM you keep doing this (hello CNN? MSNBC?) you just keep the memes for Jeremiah going.  Wake the fuck up!

We have decades of policy, flip/flops, etc.  etc. to go after. Wake the f up!

The MSM is stupid.  Stop it, and address the issues...

PS.  Sorry for the expletives,  I'm really pissed.

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  •  Tip Jar (10+ / 0-)

    Listen, strange women lyin' in ponds distributin' swords is no basis for a system of government. Supreme executive power derives from a mandate from the masses, not from some farcical aquatic ceremony.

    by EdMass on Sat Jun 02, 2012 at 10:09:53 AM PDT

  •  This type of thing is totally unnecessary: (0+ / 0-)

    romney58

    romney59

    ... and it represents a character flaw that I have that I'm tirelessly trying to improve. On a less serious note, I'd like to see a poll showing how many Americans know about Moses and the tablets and how many know about Joseph Smith and the golden plates. Oh, and it would be nice if the MSM dealt with the real issues, too.

    I would tip you, but the man took away my tips.

    by Tortmaster on Sat Jun 02, 2012 at 10:33:49 AM PDT

  •  Wasn't/Isn't Obama's religion (5+ / 0-)
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    Supavash, luckylizard, FG, CTDemoFarmer, Knarfc

    an issue?  

    I disagree that we should engage in demeaning Romney's religion, but that isn't going to end attacks on the beliefs of Democratic candidates or even a Democratic sitting president.


    The religious fanatics didn't buy the republican party because it was virtuous, they bought it because it was for sale

    by nupstateny on Sat Jun 02, 2012 at 10:42:45 AM PDT

    •  The only ones (1+ / 0-)
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      making this an issue is the MSM

      I disagree that we should engage in demeaning Romney's religion
      Good luck with that

      Listen, strange women lyin' in ponds distributin' swords is no basis for a system of government. Supreme executive power derives from a mandate from the masses, not from some farcical aquatic ceremony.

      by EdMass on Sat Jun 02, 2012 at 10:53:38 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Personally, I would not make... (0+ / 0-)

    ...Romney's Mormonism an issue, but there are lots of voters in the Republican base (as I have mentioned in other posts) who will have great hesitancy about voting for Romney (as much as they may hate President Obama) because they believe Mormonism is akin to a cult. Here's a link that has lots of insight about how these folks think about Mormonism and why.

    "First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win." --Gandhi

    by alaprst on Sat Jun 02, 2012 at 10:54:01 AM PDT

    •  So you wouldn't vote for (0+ / 0-)

      an atheist, druid, hindu, muslim, wiccan?  Because that's what matters to you?

      Listen, strange women lyin' in ponds distributin' swords is no basis for a system of government. Supreme executive power derives from a mandate from the masses, not from some farcical aquatic ceremony.

      by EdMass on Sat Jun 02, 2012 at 10:59:26 AM PDT

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      •  No, that's not what matters (1+ / 0-)
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        Competency does.

        "First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win." --Gandhi

        by alaprst on Sat Jun 02, 2012 at 11:01:42 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  So you agree? (0+ / 0-)

          This line of attack is BS?

          Listen, strange women lyin' in ponds distributin' swords is no basis for a system of government. Supreme executive power derives from a mandate from the masses, not from some farcical aquatic ceremony.

          by EdMass on Sat Jun 02, 2012 at 11:04:25 AM PDT

          [ Parent ]

          •  I agree (1+ / 0-)
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            I would never disqualify anyone for the presidency or any high office on religious grounds. It's competency and their stands on issues that matter, not religion.

            "First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win." --Gandhi

            by alaprst on Sat Jun 02, 2012 at 12:01:35 PM PDT

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  •  There are many reasons it should be an issue (3+ / 0-)
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    Wee Mama, CTDemoFarmer, Knarfc

    Sadly, there's absolutely no way to convey these reasons to the general public. Even to a friendly audience, people get touchy about it and it requires a detailed, nuanced explanation. Or several.

    "There's an iPad 3 and a Mitt Romney 4 now. They've worked the bugs out. He's not killing hobos at night anymore."

    by muzzleofbees on Sat Jun 02, 2012 at 11:11:41 AM PDT

  •  I would suggest to anyone who thinks otherwise (0+ / 0-)

    that the country is about to get a very big lesson on what the Mormon religion is all about. Throw in with that a rather large discussion about what religion in general in America is all about. And about the relationship between politics and religion.

    H'mm. I'm not terribly into this, anymore.

    by Knarfc on Sat Jun 02, 2012 at 07:48:00 PM PDT

  •  i find it amusing (0+ / 0-)

    that now, after all this time, the GOP suddenly decides religion has no place in public discussion of politics. after all the crap they threw at jeremiah wright, to say nothing of freaking about about secret muslims and sharia law behind every corner, it's absurd to take anything they say seriously.

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