Mitt Romney’s Mormonism Shouldn't Be Mocked

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mormon churchCan someone please explain to me why it’s all of a sudden okay to bash someone’s religion? Isn’t that what we call bigotry? Just because you may not understand someone’s beliefs is no reason to be a jerk and mock him or her.

Yet liberal columnists are having a heyday poking fun at Mitt Romney for his Mormon beliefs. Last week, The New York Times’ Charles Blow tweeted in response to Romney’s lament that so many children are born out of wedlock these days. Blow tweeted: "Let me just tell you this Mitt 'Muddle Mouth': I'm a single parent and my kids are *amazing*! Stick that in your magic underwear."

Devout Mormons wear underclothes called temple garments, as an expression of faith and a constant reminder of the promises made in the temple. Jews also wear specials garments – ever heard of a yamaka? What about Sikhs and their turbans? What if Charles Blow had said, “Stick that in your magic hat”?

On Tuesday, Salon Editor-in-Chief Joan Walsh entered the fray, joking “Romney’s saving the soul of America – so he doesn’t have to baptize us after we’re dead.” She was referring to the Mormon practice of by proxy baptism, in which a living person is baptized in the name of a deceased person, so that the deceased may chose to accept it in the spirit world

They are not indoctrinating the dead into their religion; they are simply offering potentially lost souls an opportunity to enter what they believe to be the true church. It’s a practice that offers comfort and peace to the members of the LDS church, and if they’re wrong, why does it matter? 

I can’t think of any religion that says that your salvation is jeopardized by actions of members of other religions. What you believe spiritually, and what happens after this life on earth, is between you and God. No one can, through their own actions, make a decision on your faith for you, whether here or in the afterlife. It is up to you, and you alone. Mormons simply offer a way for the deceased to follow their path, should the spirit of the person choose to follow it.

Both Walsh and Blow unfairly scorned the Mormon Church for religious practices they didn’t even take the time to learn about, let alone respect.  They both later apologized for saying what they did, Walsh only after bashing the religion some more over a series of tweets before saying, “However, I believe in keeping religion out of politics and I don’t want to be responsible for everything my Church preaches, so I apologize.”

Maybe someone should explain to Joan Walsh that the best way to keep religion out of politics is to keep religion out of politics, not directly disparage a presidential candidate on their faith. 

 

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bills... billsfan1104

I bet if Romney was a Muslim, and they said something nasty about the Muslim faith, they would be suspended or fired. But again Catholics and Christians are ok to mock, bash, degrade, make fun off, because its acceptable in some liberal circles and by some liberals.

Pinst... Pinstripes4

Nobody's religion should be mocked, and those you mention should be chastized for it. Let's not forget, though, what the Republican candidates' response was to the burning of the Quran in Afghanistan. Why can't we respect someone's faith, as long as they aren't hurting anyone? And no, not all Muslims hurt people; the loudest in the room always gets the most attention.

Water... Water_geM

i will mock scientology till the cow come home....


you can not stop me..


and yes magical undies make me giggle.

bills... billsfan1104

Pinstripes, those burning of the Koran was Oked per Muslim custom. They said that the inmates desecrated the Koran, so they had to be burned. That is my understanding of it. There wasnt any malice to it, unlike what some liberals are doing to Christians.

Littl... LittleFrogsMA

It is incredibly disrespectful to baptize dead Jews... or anyone without their consent.

Littl... LittleFrogsMA

Any religion or group that doesn't treat women as equal with men is not worthy of respect.

PonyC... PonyChaser

Little Frogs... what are you talking about???

PonyC... PonyChaser

Pinstripes, those Qurans were defiled. They had extremist writings in them and were being used to pass extremist messages between prisoners, so they were removed from the shelves. (you have to read almost to the end of the story)

nonmember avatar Graciesmom

Great article (Spoken from someone that usually cannot stand this author). Although I wish the fact that religion should be left out of politics would extend past this issue. @LittleFrogsMA "dead jews" can't really give their consent, due to the whole dead thing. It isn't as if anything is done to jeopardize anyone's salvation. Also, I went to BYU as a non-LDS student and have a lot of friends in the LDS church and I have never seen a case where women were not viewed as equal. In most cases the woman has a highly respected role in their home and church. They cannot have the priesthood but, trust me, if you believe this religion this does not bother you. And if it did they can leave the church. To say that this makes their entire church unworthy of respect make absolutely no sense.

nonmember avatar Cee

So Mitt Romney's mormonism shouldn't be mocked, but the religious wishes of Jews, particularly Holocaust victims who died because of their faith should be ignored because of they are dead?

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