December 5, 2007


Romney's Final Speech? (NICHOLAS WAPSHOTT, December 5, 2007, NY Sun)

Tomorrow, at the George H.W. Bush Library at Texas A&M University, Mitt Romney will deliver the speech of his life. He will appeal to the fairness of Americans and ask them not to allow his Mormonism to influence their decision on whether to vote for him in the Republican primaries.

It is a speech he had been hoping to put off, but the nature of the campaign in Iowa, the importance of religion to voters, and the rise of Mike Huckabee, who has, according to polls, attracted almost half of the Christian voters in Iowa, has forced his hand. [...]

To halt the Huckabee tide, Mr. Romney needs to address the elements of Mormonism which make traditional Christians uncomfortable and is causing them to turn to a self advertised "Christian leader" and ordained Baptist minister. But there will be little in Mr. Romney's speech tomorrow to put traditional Christians straight about what Mormons consider to be the third book of the Bible, the Book of Mormon, first published in Palmyra, N.Y., in 1830.

Nor will we hear much about the Mormon practice of baptizing the dead, including Jewish Holocaust survivors. We shall hear nothing about polygamy, outlawed by Mormons in 1890, but still practiced by fundamentalist Mormons today. There will be no reference to the historical exclusion of African-Americans from the priesthood, a bar which was lifted only in 1978.

Instead, it seems, Mr. Romney will rely upon paradoxical logic. He will claim that a candidate should not be judged on his faith, but at the same time he will argue that, in contradiction to John Kennedy's appeal to secularism, religious morality should play a more important part in public life.

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 5, 2007 8:26 AM

I wonder if this reaction to Romney, will have an impact on Mormons' commitment to the Republican party.

Posted by: Brandon at December 5, 2007 10:43 AM

That's a good question, Brandon. IIRC, Utah was one of three states in which every county went to Bush in 2004, and he had something like 80% of popular vote, making him close to 100% among mormons.

While Wapshott has a point, he betrays his New York credentials with his list of supposed objections to Mormonism: hate blacks, hate Jews, hate women. None of the reasons listed have anything to do with why traditional Christians won't vote for a Mormon. All denominations have their ideosyncracies and questionable pasts, not the least Huckabee's SBC and Giuliani's (admittedly nominal) Roman Catholicism.

What does matter is that Mormonism in its beliefs and strange history is a non-Christian cult in the eyes of just about all traditional Christians. We're not talking Roman Catholocism in a Protestant nation here. Any (non-Mormon) Christian that takes the OT seriously about God's judgement of idolatry in the land will be very unlikely to vote for a cultist for President.

Romney's a non-starter.

Posted by: Jorge Curioso at December 5, 2007 4:42 PM

What part of 2 John 1:7ff do we not understand?

7 For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist.
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
9 Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Chtist, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son.

10 If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed.

11 For he that biddeth him God speed is a partaker of his evil deeds.

Not even Godspeed--the most we can say to Romney is, ,"Hasta la vista, baby: you're terminated."

Posted by: Lou Gots at December 5, 2007 5:39 PM


So Lieberman was right out on religous grounds as well?

What part of " religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States." do you not understand?

What makes your statement all the more pathetic is that Romney would have no difficulty in confessing that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh.

Posted by: Jason Johnson at December 6, 2007 12:41 AM