Mitt Romney is the closest a Mormon has ever gotten to the presidency in the history of this great country. Which isn’t really very surprising, considering that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has been around for less time than the United States of America.
As a Bible-thumping Christian, I’m often asked about how I feel about a Mormon in the White House. My answer is always the same … I’m sorry, what?
I don’t really care what faith our president chooses to practice, so long as it doesn’t interfere with his leadership of the nation. Baptist, Mormon, Catholic, Jewish, Agnostic … it does it matter, so long as the leader of our country enacts sane fiscal policies and is a good Commander in Chief.
However, I do take issue when someone running for president has spent 20 years worshipping in the presence of, and at the hand of, a man that would DAMN AMERICA.
Jeremiah Wright preached horrible messages about God damning America, and he spread race-baiting lies for two decades while the Obama’s sat in his congregation. This is, as Vice President Joe Biden would say, “A big f*cking deal.” Let me repeat: The President of the United States of America sat in the congregation of a man that would shout, “God DAMN America!” for twenty years before running for president and trying to buy his silence.
Therefore I dare anyone to challenge Mitt Romney’s Mormon faith against Barack Obama’s attendance in Jeremiah Wright’s church. The president should love his country, not curse it. While we’re at it, a president and his family should also be proud of their country. But I digress.
The real story of Jeremiah Wright is that fact that the media paid no attention to him in the 2008 election cycle. I mean really… God DAMN America? How did we ever elect a president that attended a church for 20 years where the pastor damned America?
The media needs to pay better attention to what’s going on with our candidates. It is supposed to be the fourth branch of government, operating freely to keep citizens informed and the government in check. What happens when the press has a slobbering love affair with a particular candidate? We get someone in the Whitehouse that kicked off his political career in a domestic terrorist’s living room, thinks Saul Alinsky was super awesome, and worshipped in a church for two decades with a pastor that damned America.
So no, I’m not concerned about a Mormon in the Whitehouse. I’m more concerned with the guy that’s already there.
This post is part of a weekly conversation with our Moms Matter 2012 political bloggers. To see the original question and what the other writers have to say, read Does Jeremiah Wright Matter in This Election?
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