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Mormonism and authenticity [Mitt Romney]
The Economist.com ^ | March 5, 2012

Posted on 03/06/2012 4:41:18 AM PST by Colofornian

WALTER KIRN'S column in GQ on Mitt Romney and Mormonism is to my mind far and away the most interesting meditation on the subject this campaign season. Unlike most commentators, Mr Kirn, who was an observant Mormon for a few years after his family converted to Mormonism when he was a teen...

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...Mr Santorum obviously does not hesitate to argue for his favoured policies on narrowly sectarian grounds. In contrast, America's present wariness of Mormonism, which is indeed analogous to mid-century wariness of Catholicism, requires that Mr Romney argue his case on grounds acceptable to a relatively wide range of right-leaning types. Because Mr Romney cannot deploy straight-up Christian rhetoric without drawing unwanted attention to his faith, he compensates with a combination of twee sentimentality about family and a forced, almost hysterical American exceptionalism, both of which I think contribute to the widespread perception of Mr Romney's phoniness. Mr Kirn brings to our attention the possibility that it is a mistake to think that Mr Romney has struggled because of his perceived inauthenticity. Rather, Mr Romney has survived despite his Mormonism for many of the same reasons he seems a bit fake. A fully authentic Mitt Romney would be a frankly Mormon Mitt Romney, and that guy wouldn't stand a chance in a Republican primary

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TOPICS: Current Events; Evangelical Christian; Other non-Christian; Religion & Politics
KEYWORDS: biblebelt; inman; mittromney; phony; south
From the article: ...WALTER KIRN'S column in GQ on Mitt Romney and Mormonism is to my mind far and away the most interesting meditation on the subject this campaign season. Unlike most commentators, Mr Kirn, who was an observant Mormon for a few years after his family converted to Mormonism when he was a teen... Mr Kirn brings to our attention the possibility that it is a mistake to think that Mr Romney has struggled because of his perceived inauthenticity. Rather, Mr Romney has survived despite his Mormonism for many of the same reasons he seems a bit fake. A fully authentic Mitt Romney would be a frankly Mormon Mitt Romney, and that guy wouldn't stand a chance in a Republican primary.
1 posted on 03/06/2012 4:41:21 AM PST by Colofornian
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2 posted on 03/06/2012 6:18:28 AM PST by svcw (Only difference between Romney & BH is one thinks he will be god & other one thinks he already is.)
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To: Colofornian

Romney hasn’t struggled at all because of his mormonism, in fact he has flourished because of it. Romney as been groomed for his run for president for decades, every door has been opened to him, within the lds corporation network.
Romney is who he is because of his mormonism not in spite of it.


3 posted on 03/06/2012 6:26:21 AM PST by svcw (Only difference between Romney & BH is one thinks he will be god & other one thinks he already is.)
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To: svcw
That's the way I see it, sure he had Daddy Romney to help, but he is no different that say AL GORE, rich daddies always help. The mormom church in itself is a mini Government, and they will, I am sure, promote THE ONE who WILL promote their agenda and reap big $$$$$$$$$$'s with him as president.

I have seen some threads on FR, that seem to be written by some Media/news type, can't remember who. This suggests to me that, the media MUST BE reading from FR, you know they are to lazy to do any research on their own.

So in light of that I am so thankful for all these threads posted by those that know the truth about mormons and post the SOURCES. You go guys, good work. It is going to get very nasty for mormons IF Mitt is the nominee. So be it.

4 posted on 03/06/2012 8:13:18 AM PST by annieokie
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To: svcw
Mormons are cultists! Don't vote for Romney -- Find out about a cult
5 posted on 03/06/2012 8:23:24 AM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Colofornian

And besides that Willard is a flip-flopper and a big spender. We do not need that kind of president.


6 posted on 03/06/2012 8:24:37 AM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Colofornian
A fully authentic Mitt Romney would be a frankly Mormon Mitt Romney, and that guy wouldn't stand a chance in a Republican primary
7 posted on 03/06/2012 2:33:50 PM PST by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going)
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To: Salvation

Don’t be labeled a MORMON.

Ditch cable...


8 posted on 03/06/2012 2:35:22 PM PST by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going)
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To: Elsie

If you have cable TV, there won’t be much on to watch.
If there isn’t much on to watch, you will answer your door whenever someone rings.
If you open your door, you will see mormons.
If you talk to mormons, they will trick you into “praying about whether something is true”.
If you rely on your feelings, you may become a mormon.
If you become a mormon, you will have to wear magic underwear!
If you wear magic underwear, people will immediately label you as a cultist.
DON’T be a cultist!
Get DirectTV.


9 posted on 03/06/2012 3:45:30 PM PST by aMorePerfectUnion (I wouldn’t vote for Romney for dog catcher if he was in a three way race against Lenin and Marx!)
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To: aMorePerfectUnion

EXCELLANT!


10 posted on 03/06/2012 7:27:35 PM PST by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going)
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To: Elsie

Your post 8 was my inspiration :-)


11 posted on 03/06/2012 7:44:15 PM PST by aMorePerfectUnion (I wouldn’t vote for Romney for dog catcher if he was in a three way race against Lenin and Marx!)
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To: aMorePerfectUnion

If you have cable TV, there won’t be much on to watch.


 

 

 

If there isn’t much on to watch, you will answer your door whenever someone rings.


 

 

 

If you open your door, you will see mormons.


 

 

 

If you talk to mormons, they will trick you into “praying about whether something is true”.


 

 

 

If you rely on your feelings, you may become a mormon.


 

 

 

If you become a mormon, you will have to wear magic underwear!


 

 

 

If you wear magic underwear, people will immediately label you as a cultist.

 
 
 
 


DON’T be a cultist!
Get DirectTV.


12 posted on 03/06/2012 8:19:22 PM PST by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going)
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To: aMorePerfectUnion

And YOURS was MINE!!!


13 posted on 03/06/2012 8:20:12 PM PST by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going)
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To: svcw
Romney hasn’t struggled at all because of his mormonism, in fact he has flourished because of it. Romney as been groomed for his run for president for decades, every door has been opened to him, within the lds corporation network.

Romney is who he is because of his mormonism not in spite of it.

I agree with you're post. I just heard Joe Trippi on Fox say "Mitt's organization". Well, the elephant in Mitt's living room is that organization is built on the LDS temples membership whereever he is campaigning. It also explains his success in the caucus states. But, no Republican will talk about it.

Come November, the dems will talk about it. The elders won't be able to get them to stop talking about it. It will go on to show the wisdom of the phrase "More tears are shed over answered prayers than unanswered prayers."

Regards,

TS

14 posted on 03/06/2012 9:05:02 PM PST by The Shrew (www.wintersoldier.com; www.tstrs.com; The Truth Shall Set You Free!)
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To: Elsie

Whoo Hoo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Excellent Job!


15 posted on 03/07/2012 5:04:21 PM PST by aMorePerfectUnion (I wouldn’t vote for Romney for dog catcher if he was in a three way race against Lenin and Marx!)
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To: aMorePerfectUnion

Aw...  shucks...
 


16 posted on 03/07/2012 6:06:14 PM PST by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going)
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To: Colofornian

17 posted on 03/07/2012 6:10:06 PM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas gerit ;-{)
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