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Posted on 04/05/2012 2:24:49 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd
WASHINGTON - The head of the Democratic Party scolded Sen. Orrin Hatch for alleging that President Barack Obama would use Mitt Romney's Mormonism against him in the White House race.
"That is just preposterous," Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, told MSNBC on Wednesday. "That suggestion is utter nonsense."
Hatch, during a campaign stop in northern Utah, raised the prospect that Obama's re-election campaign would play the religion card to harm Romney's chances of toppling the incumbent Democrat.
"You watch, they're going to throw the Mormon church at him like you can't believe," Politico quoted Hatch as saying at a town hall.
Wasserman Schultz told MSNBC that Obama faced unfair criticism during his 2008 bid about his birth certificate and whether he was a Christian.
"For them to suggest," the Florida congresswoman said, "that religion will be injected by President Obama and the Democratic Party, I mean, I think they need to take a look inward at the accusations that their party and their supporters have hurled before they take that step."
The Utah Democratic Party also criticized Hatch's remarks, arguing that the six-term Republican senator should show more civility.
"Senator Hatch is absolutely making this up," Craig Janis, a Democratic official who oversees party outreach to Mormons, said in a statement. "The Obama campaign and President Obama himself have been crystal clear: For them, religion is off the table. The comments by the senator show, once again, how out of touch he is with Utah and with the civility we value here."
Obama campaign spokesman Ben LaBolt reiterated a previous statement that the re-election bid isn't going to touch Romney's faith.
"Attacking a candidate's religion is out of bounds," LaBolt said, "and our campaign will not engage in it."
Hatch's campaign declined to comment. But the Utah senator isn't the first to throw out the idea that liberals would target Romney's religion to score points.
"The secular liberals are going to mock Mormonism," Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, told an audience last year at the National Press Club. "They're going to start doing documentaries on Mormonism and try to scare independents about him. They ought to be ashamed of themselves, and they will do this."
A Salt Lake Tribune national poll last year found sizable portions of Americans uncomfortable voting for a Mormon for president.
Among Republicans, 14 percent were uncomfortable with casting a ballot for an LDS presidential candidate and 27 percent of independents felt the same way. Among Democrats, 36 percent said they would be uncomfortable with a Mormon president.
Should read: “Obama will not use Mormonism against Romney...because that’s the media’s assignment”
Actually, won’t some Republicans and conservatives use Mitt’s religion against him? Bet they will.
Well it is a good thing there are no Democrats in the MSM.
Washedup Schlitz is a democrat, therefore she’s a liar, a chronic liar, therefore little barry bastard is not planning to do the character assassination the media will take care of that for him. Democrats are the enemy within, the enemy of a We The People Republic which they cannot stomach because they lust for the federal oligarchy and cradle to grave government nanny state.
I didn’t realize that’s how you think of me ...
As I recall, the Kenyan didn't release his certificate of live birth until 2011 and he deserved MORE criticism (or at least more investigation) for sitting in Rev. Wright's black theology church for over 20 years. Last, there are going to be a certain number of people who think a guy named Barack Hussein Obama is a muslim.
Give me an American-born Morman any day.
So you are good with Harry Reid.
Good to know.....
Oh, I know. The Media’s job won’t be difficult.
So Reid, Hatch, Bennett, Romney are good examples of elected mormons that are Ok with you?
BHO may be a muslim (I think he is) or he may not be.
Romney is a mormon.
BHO is who he is because of his beliefs (which I think is islam) but it could be he is just insane.
Romney is who he is because of his mormonism not in spite of it.
Before you defend mormonism, you might want to learn about it.
Hey Bert...when did you serve your "mission" as a Christianophobe bigot claiming that all Christian faiths are false and the only way to salvation is to become mormon and take part in arcane temple rituals?
I didn’t know that.
Perhaps a country that picks leaders such as these, deserves to fail.
Christians do not fear heresy, perversion or evil - including the perverse heresy of mormonism. We expose it.
"And I will keep on doing what I am doing in order to cut the ground from under those who want an opportunity to be considered equal with us in the things they boast about. For such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, masquerading as apostles of Christ." 2 Corinthians II: 12-13, Apostle Paul
‘Bama doesn’t HAVE to use Mormonism against Romney. He’ll just use Romney’s own words and actions against Romney.
BULLSHIT!! Just wait.
I think this is just an attempt to give Romney cause to “play nice” during the general.
Here is where JS made the statement:
If the people let us alone, we will preach the gospel in peace. But if they come on us to molest us, we will establish our religion with the sword. We will trample down our enemies and make it one gore of blood, from the Rocky Mountains to the Atlantic Ocean. I will be to this generation a 2nd Muhammad, whose motto in treating for peace was the Al-Quran or the sword. So shall it be with us,
“Joseph Smith or the sword!”
(History of the Church, Vol. 3, p. 167).
Verified by Thomas Marsh (president of the twelve):
Marshs statement reads:
I have heard the prophet say that he should yet tread down his enemies, and walk over their dead bodies; that if he was not let alone he would be a second Mahomet to this generation, and that he would make it one gore of blood from the Rocky Mountains to the Atlantic Ocean; that like Mahomet, whose motto, in treating for peace, was the Alcoran or the Sword, so should it be eventually with us.
Joseph Smith or the Sword.
(full affidavit found The Rocky Mountain Saints by T. B. H. Stenhouse (New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1873, pp. 89-90).
I snorted whiskey out of my nose when I read the title.