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"No religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States."

Consider It All Joy…

Posted by: John Schroeder at 06:14 am, March 14th 2012     —    3 Comments »

…my brethren, when you encounter various trials. (James 1:2)

I don’t know if quoting scripture is the way to go here, but our friend Nancy French did it at Evangelicals for Mitt, and I found it improved my mood, so I have decided to join.

The Good News…

…is that despite the headlines, the banging of pots and pans, the crowing, and the chest pounding, very little changed yesterday – very little.  Romney won Hawaii and American Somoa is still outstanding – Santorum’s likely gain in delegates is about 3.   Folks that’s a field goal against a 5 touchdown lead.  Keep your eye on the prize.  That counter looks about the same as it did Monday.  Also remember the “epic” Obama/Clinton primary battle.  It was not as epic as the press wanted you to believe. UPDATE: Counts vary but in the light of a new day and with some perspective, it seems Romney actually increased his delegate lead.  Who “won” again?  Back to the original post.

The coverage, of course, would have you think very differently – but remember – the guys in the press box tell you that field goal “may turn the game around” because if they don’t, they know you will tune into a different game.  Michael Medved took a pretty good shot yesterday at explaining why the media hates Romney so.  At least everything but Lowell’s proverbial elephant.

Which brings me to a point the WSJ seems to be making:

In Mississippi, evangelical Christians split their votes three ways, with Mr. Romney and Rick Santorum winning 32% and Newt Gingrich picking up 31% among those voters.

That is what I call progress.  Not a great electoral outcome, but progress in terms of bias against Mormons from Evangelicals.  Alabama’s governor did say that Romney’s faith might be an issue, but that Mitt would likely win the nomination.  (Hey, look at it this way – this Alabama governor is NOT George Wallace.)

But The Elephant Does Seem To Be Standing There…

The National Journal says the issue is not going away.

Katrinia Trinko wrote an interesting piece about the issue at NRO.  If I had to sum up the Evangelical sources she cites (the usual suspects), it’s not about religion, it’s about “trust.”  Uh-Huh, but why don’t they “trust” Romney?  Talk about double-speak.

Chris Cillizza pointed out yesterday:

Romney has yet to win a state where the evangelical portion of the vote has been over 50 percent.

Which brings me to some more double speak.  We have gotten emails and comments and all sorts of communication about Rick Sanotrum’s crack on Hugh Hewitt Monday:

The Mountain West states and Hawaii, which as you know are heavily populated, disproportionately populated with the Mormon population, which is favorable to Governor Romney, those states are now by and large in. And now you’re going to look at the areas of the country where we can do well. [emphasis added]

In other words Santorum, by his own admission, can succeed in states disproportionately populated with Evangelicals – Places like Alabama and Mississippi.  See these wins don’t count for him anymore than Romney’s counted.  Except when it comes to delegates where Romney still has a massive lead.

And given that proportionality is the issue, now what Rick?  Are we to bus people of faith around the nation to make sure that we are religiously balanced?  I mean bussing worked so well for schools.  And even that bit of rye commentary ignores the implication of illegitimacy by the very choice of the word – as if Mormonism does not have a right to compete in the religious marketplace, let alone succeed.

But I want to close as I started, with hope and joy.  A friend shared a link to this post by a Catholic and I think it is worth sharing:

To fight for hope, to save human dignity from the hostility that would destroy it, we must care for the sick, clothe the naked, feed the hungry, defend the oppressed, comfort the lonely, and bring relief to the poor.   Against an entertainment industrial complex which mocks everything that is wholesome, we must promote healthy marriages, vibrant family life, the dignity of work and the rights of those who labor.   Any affront to human dignity and freedom is another front in our fight for the truth. Yet this battle is not limited merely to the public square and the marketplace of public opinion, we must also take the fight to those places in our own hearts in which vestiges of this hostility still linger.

Lowell adds . . .

Just one post-script from James:

Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath….

Always good advice when discussing politics!

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