GOP losing support in Utah (the Romney effect)
Jonathan Singer over at MyDD notes that in Utah, the Republican dominance (once over 50 percent in voter identification) is beginning to show some cracks. Maybe Utah Republicans are beginning to realize that all those questions about Mitt Romney's religion are coming from a very real place in Republican culture.
The most dominant religion in the South and the most dominant social movement in modern Republicanism can hardly bring itself to respect Mormons.
I'd be a little turned off too if I heard about the damaging effects my religion is having on a front running presidential candidate.
It should be noted that no one questioned whether anyone in the Democratic Party would accept a Mormon leader in the Senate.
Religion matters in the Republican Party because it matters what religion you belong to. In the Democratic Party, religion doesn't matter in the sense that your religion is between you, God, and your community of faith and shouldn't be a political matter.
Your Personal Note:
I don't know, I think there might be another perspective on some of these issues. I read about 5-10 Romney-related articles per day and I don't hear many Republicans or religious Southerners questioning Romney's religion. What I do hear is a lot of journalists making noise about Romney's religion, and the impression I've gotten and which is being reinforced every day is that the news media is trying to create an issue rather than report it. That is, I think the media would love for there to be a lot of questions from Republicans about Romney's religion, but in its absence they're happy to take their desires and make them sound as if they're reality.
Posted by: Joshua Steimle | Apr 12, 2007 5:09:53 PM
Posted by: Emmett O'Connell | Apr 13, 2007 2:36:36 PM
This is our ace in the hole on Romney. Most Americans are still unfamiliar with Mormon beleifs. When they find out that Mormons beleive among other things that God is a person/alien that lives on another planet with his "wife", and that he's one of many other gods in the universe living on many other planets, etc.... theyre going to recoil in horror. And then theres all the stuff about Joseph Smith too. None of it has been vetted thoroughly yet in the mainstream press, but it will be if he's the nominee.
Posted by: Del | May 22, 2007 9:34:03 PM
For a really thoughtful, but long interview on Mormonism and politics, see http://pewforum.org/events/?EventID=148
Posted by: Leo Brown | Jun 9, 2007 12:46:05 AM
My question is:
If Mitt Romney was to become president of the United states, who would he serve, His Mormon Prophet that he has sworn AND TAKEN AN OATH to follow as Gods representative on earth or the Oath of Office to serve the Constitution and the People of United States? If the Prophet were to ask him as President to Legalize Polygamy that is an abomination before God even in their beloved Book of Mormon would he follow his family's devotion to Polygamy and the
Prophet to legalize it and enslave
women again as did Joseph Smith and Brigham Young?
Please read on .........scroll down.......
Celestial Marriage is living the law of Polygamy and
they have never taken it out of their doctrin
although they say they don't practice it today. Read
132 Section of their Doctrine and Covnants. Also
read Jacob Chapter 2 in the Book of Mormon. Many of
Mitt Romney's family live Polygamy in Mexio. It is
the highest law in the Celestial Kingdom of God
according to their Doctrine. I am concerned about
his alleagence to his belief of the truthfulness of
the Gospel according to Mormon teachings. He needs
to look at his own believes and how they would
affect his performance as President of the United
States. That is why Joseph Smith was killed. He was
running for President of the U.S and taking several
wives from the daughters of the community he lived
in. The citizens were livid. That was one of the
reasons the mormons were pushed to leave their
communities. I hope someone will ask this question
publicaly to him. It would be interesting what his answer would be. WHO WOULD HE SERVE THE LAW OF THE LAND OR HIS MORMON PROPHET HINKLEY?
Posted by: Dee Vie Jorgensen | Nov 2, 2007 6:15:06 PM
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