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Does Religion Matter Anymore?

Why is Mitt Romney getting a pass on the matter of his religion?

Sooooooo, if nobody else is going to “go there” by all means allow me to be the first. Why is Mitt Romney getting a pass from everyone from the mainstream media to the evangelical right on the matter of his religion? While I certainly don't believe there should be a religious test for public office, religion has always been part of the vetting process for our Presidential candidates.

President Obama's religious affiliation was the topic of much discussion during the 2008 election and remains so to this day. As recently as just a few weeks ago mainstream religious figures like Franklin Graham were questioning our President's professed Christian faith so as Romney himself would say, “what's sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander.”

In the interest of full disclosure, I do have a bit of a personal bone to pick with Mormonism. My ex-wife converted to the Mormon faith during our divorce and was convinced to move our two young children 1,800 miles west to Utah. Now in their 20s, I'm still dealing with the aftermath of my ex's conversion.

The first thing to understand is that Mormonism is not a Christian denomination. Mormons don't believe in the Holy Trinity or salvation through Christ alone as Christians do. Jesus Christ is a part of their beliefs, just as he is part of Islamic beliefs, but he is not the center of their faith. They also have a book, The Book of Mormon, that they believe holds the same authority as The Bible. Mormons believe that their church is the one true restored church which is why they go to such lengths to convert Christians to their religion.

This is where Romney comes in. All Mormon men are required to serve a 2-year religious “mission” once they turn 18. Incredibly, during the war in Vietnam young Mormon men were given a draft deferment to complete these “missions”. So while other young men Mitt's age were dying in the jungles of Southeast Asia on missions of their own, Romney was off bicycling through France battling that nation's Jesuits for the greater glory of the Mormon church.

Romney isn't just your average Mormon either. He was Bishop of his ward in Massachusetts for several years which is the LDS equivalent of pastor or minister. He later served as President of the Boston Stake which is made up of over a dozen wards in eastern Massachusetts.

While he serves in no current capacity with the church it goes without saying that he is one of our country's most prominent Mormons and is well connected to church hierarchy. Last year alone the Romney's gave over $3.5 million to the Mormon Church.

So the question is, and I think this is a pretty profound question, is America ready to elect it's first non-Christian President? Have we “progressed” to the point where religion is no longer an issue for those we choose to guide our nation? Would you feel different if Romney were a Buddhist? How about if he were Muslim? Honestly, I'm still trying to sort out my feelings on this. Help me out here.

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Gail Lane July 11, 2012 at 05:06 PM
I think we should now move on to Intelligent Design ... in school ... LOL!
Trish Gates July 11, 2012 at 05:38 PM
This will be the second then, non-Christian president. The one we have now is no way a Christian. Pretends to be. Let's get back to unemployment, CLOSING OUR BORDERS, bringing out troups home and feeding Americans. Let other countries deal with their own problems. Who cares if the President is catholic, jewish, mormon....whatever.....let's get a President who wants to lead the country = not rule it.
Oscar G. July 11, 2012 at 06:02 PM
And your proof of Obama's Non-Faith is what, exactly Trish? I'm so sick of the hate mongers with nothing better to do than rant on and on about Obama's life..as if any one of us out here knows a bloody thing about it! We know about unemployment..let's get to job creation and returning the jobs overseas to American soil. That sounds like energy better spent. I agree that we should be taking care of our own backyard before we look to anyone else's. But if you think that MR is in anyway going to help with making America a better place..one that all Americans can be proud of, you're sadly mistaken. And that mistake could cost the rest of us the very things we hold dearly. I'm not willing to vote in Mr. Magic Underware just because you read on the internet or in the National Enquirer that Obama doesn't love the Baby Jesus. >>>The real Decline of Western Civilization: Politics and Religion! Together Again!
Lynn July 12, 2012 at 06:46 AM
wow that was rather rude...you don't have to be religious to have a voice. I guess you don't understand me. Sorry if you took offense. It was okay for you to say that 80% of the people belive as you do...maybe that is insulting those that dont. BTW, i really did mean that I wish you well. I don't say one thing and mean another. I wish everyone could just be happy! Unfortunately it seems that too many people are trying to find faults with everyone else. Its a shame!
Matthew K July 31, 2012 at 05:50 AM
I'm not one for politics, but rather, for Truth. I couldn't read all the comments made during this conversation, but I saw people of multiple faiths, and each of them claimed to be a servant of Jesus Christ, the only true God. I read the determination for each of them to be right, and for the victory to go to "their side". And yet they weren't all on the same side... Saints of the Most High God, against one another? God has only one side. His own. Someone is always right (on God's side), and someone else has to be wrong (not on God's side). Let the Scriptures (the Bible, understood in it's most basic forms [it's original languages, and subsequent expert translations]) be the one plumb-line for each man of righteous faith. Let us be peace-makers, according to the Word of God. James 3:17-18 ESV "But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere. And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace." May God empower His followers, by the power of Hs infinite grace, to do these things.

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