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Better duck -- if you're a Mormon

Posted by on Jan. 19, 2008 at 1:26 PM
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This is an interesting article published in the Deseret News recently. Even if you don't like Romney as a canidate this is a interesting article.  

Better duck — if you're a Mormon

Published: Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2008 12:58 a.m. MST
I missed the memo that said it's A-OK to make disparaging and often erroneous statements about Mormons.

Apparently, they are fair game.

Sure, these are hypersensitive times, when name-calling or perceived bias against any group will get you the Don Imus treatment, but you get a free shot with Mormons. You can say what you want about them with impunity.

If you denigrate a racial group, you're racist.

If you denigrate women, you're sexist.

If you denigrate Mormons, you're hip.

No one would openly suggest that you shouldn't vote for Hillary Clinton because a woman can't lead the country, especially an ornery one.

Nobody would dare say that you shouldn't vote for Barack Hussein Obama because he's black, or of Muslim descent, or because he has a name that sounds like a terrorist. One Clinton worker even apologized for alluding to Obama's use of drugs as a youth, so apparently it's wrong to disparage former drug users, too.

But nobody is shy about saying you shouldn't vote for Romney simply because he's a Mormon. It doesn't even register on the PC-O-Meter.

Just like that, 6 million Americans have been virtually disqualified from running for president. They've been rendered second-class citizens. They're foreigners living in America. They face a glass ceiling.  How un-American is that?

It would be one thing if most of those who oppose Romney did so because they disagreed with his politics or character. But Romney is one of the few candidates who has no character issues, a "squeaky clean" man who has a distinguished record of accomplishments, success and service, with no divorces, no affairs, no scandal. The only thing opponents can say about him is that he belongs to a church they don't understand.

A Harvard law professor called Romney the most qualified of all the candidates and "the perfect candidate for this moment in time." But there is his Mormonism, he noted.

Even the self-styled PC chief of police, Al Sharpton, once jumped in on the action, saying, "As for the one Mormon running for office, those who really believe in God will defeat him anyways."

Mormons don't believe in God?

For his penance, all Sharpton had to do was endure a family home evening in Utah.

It's open season on Mormons. A few days ago, Miami Herald columnist Dan Le Batard stated on ESPN and in the newspaper that part of the reason fired coach Cam Cameron failed was because he got stuck with a Mormon quarterback — not a rookie quarterback (which he is) but a Mormon quarterback.

"And you'll have a hard time finding a leader anywhere in sports who was as unlucky this year as Cameron," Le Batard said, noting that because of injuries, Cameron was forced to play "a United Nations huddle of a Mormon quarterback, Mexican receiver, Samoan fullback and some guy named Lekekekkkkerkker."

Now Mormons are foreigners?

Ignorance makes no difference. You can say Mormons have four wives or that they aren't Christian, and no one cares.

Imagine the uproar if Le Batard had written that the Dolphins suffered because they had to play a black quarterback for part of the season? Or a Catholic?

The Salt Lake Tribune has had a field day for more than a week since learning that Mike Leavitt and some of his like-minded cohorts met early in the morning to discuss Mormon theology and governance while he was Utah's governor. What if it had been a Bible study?

Nobody seems to mind when former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee says his religion "defines me." Or when Obama says his church guides "my own values and my own beliefs."

People worry that Romney will take his orders from his church leaders. They don't worry that Obama will take orders from his church, whose "10-point vision" includes two references to its "non-negotiable commitment to Africa," with no mention of America. Oh, and the church statement begins by noting on the Trinity United Church of Christ Web site, "We are a congregation which is Unashamedly Black."

It's a different set of rules for some out there. You can print newspaper cartoons disparaging Mormons. You can harass their families as they walk to their biannual conference with all sorts of foul language. When someone commits a crime, you can note the criminal's religion, but only if he's Mormon. You can make them a one-liner on Leno. Good luck reconciling all this with the paranoid political correctness that's so in vogue.

Meanwhile, the most politically correct presidential election field ever assembled — a woman, a black, a Mormon, a Baptist, etc. — has gone politically incorrect, but only when it comes to you know who.


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by on Jan. 19, 2008 at 1:26 PM
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cycle_girlie
by on Jan. 19, 2008 at 1:37 PM


Meanwhile, the most politically correct presidential election field ever assembled — a woman, a black, a Mormon, a Baptist, etc.


Why does that sound like the start of a bad joke....

"That's all I have to say about that"
~ Forrest Gump ~

 

Cycle Girlie

practicalchick
by on Jan. 20, 2008 at 11:02 AM
What?  You missed the memo on putting down any Christian denomination as cool?  Where HAVE you been?  Trust me, it isn't just Mormonism that is taking it to the head right now.  My husband got a C in Western Religions because he refused to visit a Mosque since a trip to a Christian church (didn't care what denomination) was not on the syllabus.  Since when did Islam because a western religion anyway?  Well now I'm digressing.  I'm going to shut up now and go back to sleep.
lit_candle
by on Jan. 22, 2008 at 7:57 AM

Nobody would dare say that you shouldn't vote for Barack Hussein Obama because he's black, or of Muslim descent, or because he has a name that sounds like a terrorist. One Clinton worker even apologized for alluding to Obama's use of drugs as a youth, so apparently it's wrong to disparage former drug users, too.


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"And you'll have a hard time finding a leader anywhere in sports who was as unlucky this year as Cameron," Le Batard said, noting that because of injuries, Cameron was forced to play "a United Nations huddle of a Mormon quarterback, Mexican receiver, Samoan fullback and some guy named Lekekekkkkerkker."

Seriously, where has this guy been if he believes the top two paragraphs here.  How many times have you heard the Osama/Obama "slip" on nationally syndicated talk shows - and in posts, here, on this site.  BY MOTHERS! who should know and act better.

As for the final paragraph I quoted....the whole thing smacks of bigotedness and stupidity - not just the Mormon part. 

This entire article seems to repeat the same cheap shots on others, while somehow complaining that Mormons aren't exempt. 

I believe that Mitt Romney should be judged on his leadership qualities (yes, I'm from Michigan) and not his religion.  But I don't think you can stand on a platform crying "why me" while committing the same type of insults towards others.
practicalchick
by on Jan. 23, 2008 at 10:31 AM
I don't think that anyone should be judged on their religious beliefs alone, but it does happen.  I can tell you that I will not vote for Obama because he does not respect our flag.  If you cannot cover your heart and say the pledge - you shouldn't run.  That's just my opinion.
lit_candle
by on Jan. 24, 2008 at 6:56 AM

Quoting practicalchick:

I don't think that anyone should be judged on their religious beliefs alone, but it does happen.  I can tell you that I will not vote for Obama because he does not respect our flag.  If you cannot cover your heart and say the pledge - you shouldn't run.  That's just my opinion.

First some clarification, the "damning" picture circulated with Obama and Bill Richardson and Hillary was taken during the national anthem.  Since this is supposed to be an analytical analysis of newsworthy events, I thought the facts should be used.

Second, although a stupid move on his part, I don't take a single gaffe at a function in Sept. 2007 - 4 months ago, is enough to judge his entire platform or campaign.  (Similarly, the fact that Hillary and Richardson did put their hands over their hearts doesn't sway my vote either.)

I don't know where my vote is ultimately going to go...but thanks to maneuvering by our state (MI), I didn't have a decision to make in the primary.  But I do know it's going to go for the candidate who can help the middle class out of the quagmire we've entered lately.  My pay is definitely not keeping up with the cost of inflation - especially when medical and fuel costs are considered.  And don't even get me started on consititutional infringement. 

I want to know who's going to remember about us - the voters - after the election. There's a lot more to being a patriot than saluting the flag, covering their hears and wearing the most flag pins during their campaign.   
practicalchick
by on Jan. 24, 2008 at 10:42 AM
I can't vote in primaries....I'm an independent.  You are also supposed to remove your hat (if you are wearing one), stand, and sing during the anthem.  He could have at least donated some amount of respect to the flag considering it represents the country he would like to be president of. 
lit_candle
by on Jan. 24, 2008 at 11:59 AM

Quoting practicalchick:

I can't vote in primaries....I'm an independent.  You are also supposed to remove your hat (if you are wearing one), stand, and sing during the anthem.  He could have at least donated some amount of respect to the flag considering it represents the country he would like to be president of. 
He had no hat on and was standing according to the pics on Snopes.com

I agree that he did a pretty stupid thing that day.  But I maintain that isn't enough to base my vote on. 
practicalchick
by on Jan. 25, 2008 at 10:49 AM
It is for me.  He wants to lead the country - he needs to lead by example.
Quoting lit_candle:


Quoting practicalchick:

I can't vote in primaries....I'm an independent. You are also supposed to remove your hat (if you are wearing one), stand, and sing during the anthem. He could have at least donated some amount of respect to the flag considering it represents the country he would like to be president of.
He had no hat on and was standing according to the pics on Snopes.com

I agree that he did a pretty stupid thing that day. But I maintain that isn't enough to base my vote on.

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