Skip to comments.The Mormon Revival: Once Again Religion is Fair Game [Fred Thompson]
Posted on 06/05/2012 10:30:57 AM PDT by greyfoxx39
Remember the good old days (a few weeks ago) when the media frowned upon talking about a candidates religion? The eagle eyes in the press were all over those right-wing Neanderthals who might in some way allude to Mitt Romneys Mormon religion. It was totally out of bounds, benighted, a holdover from a darker, uglier time.
Religious prejudice was a box that John F. Kennedy broke out of, setting a new standard for legitimate political discourse. So during the Republican primary every candidate was expected to proclaim that a persons religion should have no bearing on their fitness to hold office. Its not an issue in this race.
That was acceptable Beltway behavior and mainstream thinking until it wasnt.
Romneys religion hasnt changed, but his opponent has. So the acceptable norms of political dialogue have changed as well. Oh, Obama, his political adviser, David Axelrod, and the gang still give lip service to the irrelevance of Romneys religion but, as usual, they can have it both ways, sitting back while the media does their work for them.
Suddenly the Mormon religion is not only relevant, it is irresistible. Have you noticed the steady stream of stories on the Mormon Church, Mormon history and the extent to which Romney adheres to Mormon tenets?
Such coverage wasnt legitimate in the primary but boy it is now, under the guise of, Although we may think its not a legitimate subject, some do and were just reporting on what effect it might have on the election. My favorite recent piece using that excuse was in Sundays New York Times, which posed the question: When is it legitimate to report on Romneys Mormonism? In other words: Were not talking about it. Were just talking to people who are talking about it.
A more honest approach would be to acknowledge that once again religion is now fair game unless, of course, it has anything to do with Rev. Jeremiah Wright.
Whadya mean 'again'?
It will be amusing to watch Liberals become theologians and quote the Bible.