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Posted by: John Schroeder at 06:35 am, April 11th 2012     —    4 Comments »

The “big” story is this one from Buzzfeed on Mormonism and race.  Andrea Mitchell interviewed the author on the web.  The best analysis was Allahpundit:

You’ll get no complaint from the resident atheist about asking tough questions of any faith, especially after Obama took well-deserved heat four years ago over Rev. Wright (mainly from the right but, to a grudging lesser extent, from the media as well). The curiosity in that case was why our great post-partisan healer tolerated “chickens coming home to roost” sermons for 20 years at Trinity.

That’s what this is really about – payback for Jeremiah Wright.  Jeremiah Wright was a very different story than the LDS church.  What I think is illustrated here is that the Obama candidacy, election and presidency is far more about race than most people want to admit, and that is really sad.

Really tired of this discussion.

The snark here is both inappropriate and unbecoming, but buried within it is some wisdom:

But Santorum’s withdrawal is also a major milestone for God, the beloved all-powerful deity whose personal endorsement somehow failed to secure the nomination for any of the numerous Republicans — Santorum, Herman Cain, Michele Bachmann, and Rick Perry — whom he reportedly encouraged to run for president. It is unclear at this point whether God will even bother to offer anyone his apparently useless endorsement in the general election.

Those that think Gingrich might still mount a challenge need to read this.

Speaking of some wisdom, David French:

It’s tough to see any coherent theological counter to this religious entropy. The cultural counter to theological heterodoxy may, however, be moral orthodoxy. In other words, the unifying force in the truly vibrant quarters of Christendom isn’t so much a single theological view as a moral view that is remarkably uniform across divergent theologies. Devout Catholics, evangelicals, and Mormons have similar views of sexuality, abortion, and a host of other issues despite widely divergent views of everything from the Canon to the Trinity. We’re now at the point where, for example, a PCA Presbyterian is likely to feel far more affinity for a devout Catholic than for a fellow Presbyterian in the PCUSA. A Southern Baptist will ally with Mormons to defend traditional marriage from attacks by liberal American Baptists seeking “marriage equality” for gays and lesbians.

To the ramparts dear friends, the war is on!

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