And Now a Word on the Romney Speech.
By Leon H Wolf Posted in 2008 | Mitt Romney | Mormonism — Comments (52) / Email this page » / Leave a comment »
Look, I know that the big buzz today is the Romney speech. I know that this is a hot topic today. That does not change the fact that while there are lots of good places for Baptists to tell Catholics they're not Christians (and vice-versa), and for everyone to tell Mormons that they're not Christians, RedState is not one of those places. This is a friendly reminder because a lot of our long time commenters and diarists seem to have forgotten, and this friendly reminder is better than the alternative.
Let me also say, as a personal matter (as opposed to a matter of site policy), that this entire discussion irritates the living daylights out of me. As I said here, I can't think of anything that's stupider, from a political perspective, than sending a message to one of the most loyal segements of your voting base that they are some sort of second-class citizens: fit to vote, but not actually to govern. It dismays me that there seem to be a lot of people (even here) who either outright think that or are sympathetic to the position, and I'm probably powerless to change that. I'm not going to go Hugh Hewitt on anyone, but I encourage everyone to think long and hard about what that attitude means, and what it's likely to get us down the road. We're not electing a pastor, we're electing a President. And if you think some Mormon beliefs sound crazy, you ought to consider how more mainline Christian beliefs sound to someone who hasn't grown up with them, and ponder whether the Bible might actually have something to say about that in the second half of 1 Corinthians 1.
I understand that there are valid reasons that some people don't want to vote for Romney that have nothing to do with his Mormonism, and that's fine. I just wish we could avoid what the media said we couldn't: the rejection of a candidate by a significant number of Republicans because of his religion - a religion, by the way, that votes overwhelmingly Republican.
[UPDATE]: You may have noticed that I did not actually mention anything about the speech. That is because I have not watched it and have no intention of watching it. As I have said before, it is irrelevant, from a political standpoint, whether Romney shares my religion at all, so long as he shares my values. And I am convinced that he does.