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Saturday, December 08, 2007

On the Mormon Thing

Jonah Goldberg weighs in on the Mitt Romney speech. Here is an excerpt of Jonah's perspective, but recommend that you read the whole thing:

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Irving Kristol has cited the fight over Utah's statehood as a quintessential expression of how America practices theological pluralism while insisting on moral conformity. It is the American way to care about what people do, not about what they think. Every religion's theology has some wacky stuff in it, not only from the atheist's perspective but from the perspective of pretty much every other religion. Muslims were indeed mortified by the spectacle).

I have liberal Jewish friends who are sometimes flummoxed as to how I could hang out, ideologically or personally, with "Christian fundamentalists." My short answer is: Have you ever met any? I may not want some of them planning my next trip to Vegas, but the ones I've met couldn't be nicer or more polite.

And the same goes for Mormons. Yes, I think there's some weird stuff in Mormonism, but they might say "Same to you!" about Jews. Still, all of the Mormons I've met have been serious, kind and morally upstanding. Republicans might also note that Mormons are among the most reliably conservative senators and congressman.

I think the objections to Mormon theology are often sound. But I think there are sound objections to pretty much every theology. It's a good thing for Romney that while theology isn't relevant to picking a president, morality is.

Romney is lucky that Mormonism doesn't have a bunch of whackos threatening to behead seemingly anyone who might offend the religion - or dare to leave it like this young Brit whose father is trying to find her so he can kill her. And, Islam Means PeaceTM is accurate like dalling someone "phat" means someone is obese. In reality, Islam means submission and if we must recognize that such a religion (in the extreme) means not a dual, co-existence of religious and political life, but complete submission of all human activity.

With regard to Mormonism, I'm not that hung up on it. Each and every Mormon that I've ever met (and I've had several friends who are adherents of the Mormon faith) have been decent and fun people. Sure, I don't agree with anything in the Book of Mormon nor many of the tenets of the Mormon Church. But, that has little bearing on whether Romney will be an effective President.

However, there is a segment of evangelicals who view it as a cult and it's unlikely that Mitt's speech will bring them to vote for him. Whether they do vote for anyone or whether endorsements from "leaders" in the evangelical community will overcome this objection, I don't know. I would hope that they'd recognize Jonah's points that actions are more important than one's beliefs.

Perhaps Romeny could promise that the Mormon Tabernacle Choir would perform at the Inauguration.... Or perhaps he could get Donny & Marie to join him on the campaign. Then again, that might not be a good idea.



Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: St Wendeler

Comments (1)
Bot said...

The Church of Jesus Christ (LDS) is often accused by Evangelical pastors of not believing in Christ and, therefore, not being a Christian religion. This article http://mormonsarechristian.blogspot.com/ helps to clarify such misconceptions by examining early Christianity's comprehension of baptism, the Godhead, the deity of Jesus Christ and His Atonement.

The Church of Jesus Christ (LDS) adheres more closely to First Century Christianity and the New Testament than any other denomination. Harper’s Bible Dictionary entry on the Trinity says “the formal doctrine of the Trinity as it was defined by the great church councils of the fourth and fifth centuries is not to be found in the New Testament.”

Perhaps the reason the pastors denigrate the Church of Jesus Christ (LDS) is to protect their flock (and their livelihood).