Skip to comments.Who is afraid of Mitt Romney's Mormonism?
Posted on 10/08/2011 9:42:43 AM PDT by greyfoxx39
Even without recourse to calumny, it is clear that evangelicals will not be reconciled to Mormon doctrines without ceasing to be evangelicals.
Presidents are elected for their policy views, leadership skills and character, not their soteriology. Such theological convictions about salvation may be infinitely important, but they are politically irrelevant.
But presidential primaries are not always the best place to maintain such distinctions. In interfaith relations, it is the lack of familiarity that breeds contempt and portions of America still view Mormonism as a threatening novelty. Among conservatives, however, this opposition is more likely to fade than build. No primary opponent of Romney's can exploit these sentiments, at least in an overt way.
Mormons are one of the nation's strongest conservative voting blocks. A serious Republican candidate simply can't run an anti-Mormon campaign.
..the desire for influence tends to overwhelm theological differences. If Romney looks like the likely nominee, mainstream religious conservatives are more likely to build bridges than torch them.
.. in 2008, Mormon leaders raised their heads in support of Proposition 8 the California initiative against gay marriage. Their commitment to the traditional family runs deep, and no issue is currently more likely to provoke liberal ire. Secular progressives will add this transgression to a history of Mormon offenses against women and minorities and raise, as usual, the specter of theocracy.
Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman are, by most measures, the moderates in the current field.
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One has to wonder who/what is behind the scenes on this...and how much money.
And, who are these "mainstream religious conservatives" spoken of?
I’m not afraid of Romney’s Mormonism. I’m afraid of his insincerity and fakery.
Should they ever start preaching about killing innocent Americans that’s when Mormonism will bother me.
I’m not afraid of it. It’s simply another one of the many things I don’t like about Romney, who is the only candidate who is 100% RINO. And that’s why he’s the favorite of the press.
I’m more afraid of Mitt’s covert devotion to Obamaism...
As a Mormon who did his missionary work in France, Mitt Romney knows something of uphill battles. Imagine spreading a faith that renounces smoking, coffee and alcohol in the cafes of Paris.Wow! How tough he had!
While all those other lazy Americans were kicking back and sipping Vietnamese beer in the Iron Triangle.
The only ones who will be exploiting Mitt’s mormonism is Mitt and, should he win, the dems.
“Mormons are one of the nation’s strongest conservative...”
Like Reid, Romney, and Huntsman??
“Would you support a conservative Mormon that can beat a liberal in November “
Yes, but who cause Romney is no conservative. I don’t think there hasn’t been a real conservative Mormon involved in national politics since Ezra Taft Benson
No, the WAPO will not be shilling for Mitt if/when he runs against obama. They are laying in the weeds. They are chomping at the bit to sandbag him.
What we haven’t seen yet is the weekly “Kolob” question. Those questions are being held back UNTIL Mitt is the nominee. If Mitt insists that isn’t a proper question, that will just pour gasoline on the fire until he answers it, which will generate still more questions about what most of the country would consider bizarre doctrines.
If/when Mitt becomes the nominee, those will be the only questions that monopolize the news cycles. The degree of meanness over these questions will know no bounds.
THAT and that alone is the fear over Mitt’s Mormonism. He is capable of governing OK, more or less conservatively; but he is the ONLY candidate on the Republican side who could NOT defeat obama (for the “Kolob problem” stated above). Note: R Paul is NOT a Republican.
Mountain Meadow ?
Of all the issues I have with Romney and all the reasons why I hope he isn’t the Republican nominee his Mormon faith isn’t even on the list.
I’m afraid of his liberalism not his Mormonism.
However the sleaze has sent out flyers attacking conservatives and conservative positives so I really could care less if his faith hurts him. He hasn’t acted with integrity in this campaign cycle so let people use whatever they want against him.
And no, mormons are not Christians. Nice people many of them and spirtual and happy to be political allies...but Jews, Christians and Mormons have separate positions on Faith.
Using that 'logic' I should be holding a grudge against the northern states because of the Civil War, which I don't.
Can you cite anything more recent wherein Mormonism preaches the killing of innocents?
How am I supposed to trust someone of such poor judgement to distinguish truth from lies and lead our country properly?
Not politically irrelevant at all.
And then his supposed conservative credentials are severely in question on top of that.
I think Mitt’s Mormonism, together with other things about him, make him unelectable.
The Mormon thing is interesting. Before the convention, the MSM will use it to claim anyone AGAINST Mitt is a religious bigot.
The day the convention ends, a nine week MSM course in LDS theology, practice, and customs will begin.
This is how the leftists in the media and liberal Republicans innoculate Romney against Cain, Perry, Gingrich, etc.
You see, when the next attack is launched against Romney by one of the other candidates, it will be because he is Mormon, not because of the issues.
Make no mistake, folks.......the left wants Romney bad because they know he will not turn back as much of liberalism as the others will turn back.
"If/when Mitt becomes the nominee, those will be the only questions that monopolize the news cycles. The degree of meanness over these questions will know no bounds.
/ THAT and that alone is the fear over Mitts Mormonism. He is capable of governing OK, more or less conservatively; but he is the ONLY candidate on the Republican side who could NOT defeat obama (for the Kolob problem stated above). Note: R Paul is NOT a Republican.
Good post. One has to wonder if Mitt's mind is so affected by his belief in mormon men becoming gods, not to mention the mormons who will vote in lockstep because of his mormonism that they can't see what is plainly in store from the media should he be the nominee,
I posted on another thread my opinion that conservatives are so disillusioned by the travesty of the '08 election that they want nothing to do with anyone who is a reminder of the incompetence that allowed Obama to now reside in the WH. Romney is a glaring reminder of that travesty.
Romney doesn’t “look comfortable in his own skin,” IMO.