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"Religion, Politics, the Presidency: Commentary by a Mormon, an Evangelical, and an Orthodox Christian"

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

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Posted by: John Schroeder at 06:02 am, June 19th 2012     —    1 Comment »

Folks, the assault is on.  Last Friday Martin Bashir “exploded” the Romney campaign bus, and Time magazine has a story saying that liberals are more intelligent than conservatives.  Let me break this down for you just a little bit.  Last Friday Presdient Obama made a decidedly unconstitutional declaration of law and his supporter fictitiously assassinated his political appointment.  Meanwhile what used to be one of the most high-minded weekly periodicals in our nation made an argument that consisted of “You’re stupid!”  I don’t know whether to laugh or cry.

Oh, but the fun continues.  From the pages of Esquire:

God works in mysterious ways, but this one is a real doozy. Willard Romney, a prominent member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, has decided to go long with the Clan of the Red Beanie, which does not consider his baptism to be valid. But what’s a little doctrine, when there’s unprincipled pandering to be done?

That’s the lede dear friends.  Not a single fact reported (Whatever happened to “who,what where, when and haw?”) and yet derision was poured upon a candidate and the Roman Catholic Church.   Does anybody smell desperation in the air?  We’re already past argument and into the pure insult stage.

The Faith and Freedom Conference was over the weekend and Romney appeared, hence the uptick in both religious discussion and derision.  some reported on what Romney said (nothing new) while writing headlines designed to make him look disingenuous.  Others decided to report that Romney has yet to “win over” Evangelicals. Heck, Evangelicals were never that politically organized to begin with, give it up.

I said that when it was revealed that Marco Rubio had a flirtation with Mormonism in his youth he went from being the presumptive Veep choice to one of several.  My reasoning was straightforward, the last thing the press needs is another excuse to talk about Mormonism.  Rubio is now out doing his book tour.  What did ABC decide to lead their interview with?  You guessed it.  I am neither a prophet not the son of a prophet – some things are too obvious.

Some are not attacking Romney through his religion, they are just tackling the religion directly.  Did you know that like virtually every other church in America, people are leaving Mormonism?  Maybe, just maybe that has more to do with the cultural derision of faith than it does with problem of the faith.  Just another notch in the similarity belt.

Oh yes, the “War on Women,” with a Mormon twist, isn’t over yet.  (Yes it is, some people are just slow on the uptake.)

But let’s end on a high note.  Denis PRager points out a rather obvious fact.  Everyone has irrational beliefs, left and right, religious and irreligious:

As for the secular world, irrational beliefs permeate the left. For example, a generation of Americans has been educated to believe that men and women are, beyond physical differences, the same. Boys don’t inherently prefer trucks and toy guns and girls don’t naturally gravitate to dolls and tea sets, we have long been told. Give boys dolls and tea sets and give girls trucks and they will love to play with those things. Is that rational?

Or how about the tens of millions of people who believed Marxist claptrap about the inevitability of socialism? It was “scientific fact,” the world’s left believed, that every society goes through three stages: feudalism, capitalism, socialism.

And given the inability of any welfare state to sustain itself economically, is it rational to advocate the continuing expansion of government, as supposedly rational New York Times columnists do?

Is the belief that 50,000 Americans die each year from secondhand smoke rational? Is the certitude that we know what the climate will be in a half century rational? Or declaring sixth-graders guilty of sexual harassment for engaging in innocent, normal-boy behavior?

It seems to me that our secular age is a more irrational one than when America was more religious.


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