Just as it’s becoming clear Mitt Romney will be the first major party Mormon presidential nominee, we’re seeing a predictable uptick in the frequency of stories about his zany religion.
In “7 Questions for Mitt About Mormonism,” RealClearReligion columnist Jeffrey Weiss intones, “[I]t is past time for Mitt Romney to address relevant questions about his religion.” Weiss casts a suspicious eye on such un-American Latter-Day Saint doctrines as “If we have been frugal and saved for a rainy day, then we can more easily weather the financial storm. If we have lived beyond our means, then we pay the consequences of our own actions when the bills come.” Social Darwinism alert!
At Renaissance Women, Tricia Erickson laments the onslaught of “A Mormon One-World-Theocracy Brought To You By Mitt Romney.” She labels the faith “an unconstitutional religion” and argues that a President Romney would harm U.S. interests if so directed by “the Mormon infallible Prophet.”
The Christian Broadcasting Network’s Chief Political Correspondent David Brody worries aloud to CNN that Romney hasn’t spent enough time pandering to Evangelicals. MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell trashes Mormonism as “made-up.” Bill Maher calls it “so ridiculous even Tom Cruise wouldn’t join it.”
Since the media are so obsessed with investigating candidates’ religious associations, how might the doctrine Obama absorbed for 20 years at Trinity United Church of Christ — read: Black Liberation Theology (BLT) — inform his approach to governing? How might BLT’s canonization of “redistributive justice” and “racial reparations” affect Obama’s ruling philosophy?
Isn’t this a question the media should have asked four years ago?
Coincidentally, Obama mentor and racial “reconciliator” Jeremiah Wright, who retired from Trinity United during the 2008 presidential campaign after ABC News aired a string of his horrific utterances, delivered three sermons last week in West Virginia to enraptured audiences.
When he wasn’t crotch-grabbing, miming marijuana puffs, and spitting out tracks by Lil Wayne and Ludacris, Reverend Wright:
• Disparaged the U.S. military and stated that “fighting for peace is like raping for virginity.”
• Claimed that “white supremacy” drives “world policy.”
• Declared that Clarence Thomas is “worshiping some other God”—the “god of racists,” the “god of white supremacy.”
• Called Thomas Jefferson “a pedophile.”
And that was just in the introduction!
It’s true that both candidates adhere to faiths that are slightly out of alignment with mainstream Protestant thought. So perhaps a comparative analysis is in order:
• Mormonism is a branch of the Latter-Day Saint movement, an outgrowth of Protestantism that started in the 1820s.
Trinity United Church of Christ, Barack Obama’s place of worship for two decades, is affiliated with Black Liberation Theology, and UCC is an outgrowth of Protestantism that formed in 1957.
• LDS has exploded to 14 million members, despite a history of religious persecution, libel, geographic expulsion, a “Mormon Extermination Order” issued by Missouri in 1838, and the murder of its founder by the Illinois militia in 1844.
UCC’s numbers have dwindled from 2 million at its founding to 1 million today.
• Mormonism relies on the Bible and supplementary texts such as The Book of Mormon and The Doctrine and Covenants of the Church, both authored by movement founder Joseph Smith.
Black Liberation Theology relies on the Bible and supplementary texts such as Black Theology and Black Power and The Communist Manifesto, both authored by leftist nut jobs.
• Mainstream Mormonism long ago abandoned the fundamentalist practice of polygamy.
Mainstream Black Liberation Theology-influenced churches still enjoy inflammatory practices such as demonizing America and race-baiting.
• Romney proudly adheres to his faith, despite the bigotry much of the public displays against it.
Obama pragmatically chose his church because of its progressive credentials and endorsement of redistributive justice. He speedily disowned his church and reverend when they became politically problematic.
• Mormonism is roughly politically synchronous with most Protestant denominations.
The United Church of Christ leans far, far left. Its Justice and Witness Ministries have endorsed: socialized medicine; a living wage; global warming regulations; strong public unions; elimination of all nuclear weapons; opposition to Israel’s right to defend itself; divestment from Israel; and support for Puerto Rican indepentista terrorists.
There is no convincing evidence that Obama disagrees with Black Liberation Theology or any of the above UCC positions.
Yet we’re supposed to faint in horror over a preppy, clean-cut, limited-government businessman and presidential candidate who wears magic underwear.