Sunday, October 23, 2011

Shut-up Stupid Sunday: Defending Mitt Romney

I've long believed that it is stupid to hate a whole group of people, because if you get to know them as individuals you can find so many better reasons to hate them. So if someone comes under attack from bigots for being a minority, no matter how much I might hate the person, I feel I need to speak out.

Mitt Romney is a Mormon, the other Republican candidates have been asked if they feel Mormons are Christians. The answer should be, “Who cares.”

Here's a little fact that the members of “God's Own Party” might get embarrassed about, half of Republican Presidents over the last century belonged to faiths that most present Republicans wouldn't consider to be “Christian”.

Taft was a Unitarian, if you scroll through the comments on this blog you will see how modern Republicans feel about Unitarians.

Hoover was a Quaker, another religion that rejects the Trinity, all the attacks on Unitarians apply to Quakers. Except they have been associated with oatmeal for some reason.

Dwight D Eisenhower was Mennonite when elected.

Nixon was a Quaker.

So in the 20th century, four of the eight Republican Presidents belonged to faiths that some feel aren't Christian.

Going further back the first Republican President, Lincoln, was an atheist before he got into politics. As President he did include “God” in his speeches, but historians have pointed out that even while pointing at the bible he didn't say “Jesus”.

He was followed by Andrew Johnson, who had no religious affiliation.

So as to the question if a person that is part of a faith that isn't considered Christian can be a Republican President history shows they can.

As far as the bigger question; does a President's faith matter for the job of President? I really don't see how it does.

Religions focus on the individual. As an individual not killing someone else is a good thing. That vow has to go out the door as President.

Only one President in the last century never had orders to kill enemies carried out, Jimmy Carter. He did order the assault on the Embassy in Iran, but that was stopped by a sandstorm. So even he tried to break the commandment, Thou shall not kill.

You can pick apart all the commandments and teaching in the bible and easily show those things that might make a great individual would make a lousy President.

So to all those who are attacking Mitt Romney's religion, I say, “Shut-up Stupid, Which religion that Romney belongs to is totally unimportant to his running for President. What is important is that he is a bought and paid for employee of the financial elite, who will destroy what little remains of the American middle class, so that the top 1% of the international bankers who own 40% of the world's wealth can carve into the 17% that the bottom 90% have for a few extra bucks. What religion he belongs to doesn't matter, his agenda is to turn the United States into a third world country owned by the international financial elite.”

By Darrell B. Nelson author of I KILLED THE MAN THAT WASN'T THERE


sudoghetti said...


Stephanie Barr said...

Raised a Mormon myself. Truth is, they're no more (nor less) crazy than the rest of them.

Shouldn't we use intent and capabilities as our yardstick? Ah, I'm such a dreamer.

Project Savior said...

My religion, Unitarian, puts its crazy up front. We don't believe in an active god but have an organized religion anyway. That is about as crazy as you can get.

However, I've met Atheists who believe crazy things. Practicing Mormons and Fundamentalists who when science conflicts with their teaching pick science everytime. Most people I've met who are religious dismiss any bad things about their religious organizations and focus on the positive.
If religion were to play any part of a candidate being nominated. I'd want the opposite of what is being asked. I'd want a candidate that embraces the good parts of their religion and rejects the bad. No matter which religion.