Sunday, October 30, 2011
This year's race for a Republican nomination leaves nothing to rest, including the candidates faith. Under high scrutiny is Mitt Romney, a self professed Morman, belonging to a Church called "The Church of Latter Day Saints". The members of this Church consider themselves Christians, as they believe in Jesus Christ, the Holy Scripture in the Bible and the original supporting documents that make up the Bible. What has evolved after those days that Jesus Christ was on earth is what Mormons don't believe in. Other faiths call these people "non-Christians" because of their beliefs. Here is an example of what outsiders of the Christian faith believe in as 'non-christians'. Mormonism is one of these faiths. Because of these beliefs, many Republicans say that Mitt Romney doesn't qualify to be a Republican candidate.
This year’s Republican primary season offers us an important opportunity to confront our scruples about the privacy of faith in public life — and to get over them. We have an unusually large number of candidates, including putative front-runners, who belong to churches that are mysterious or suspect to many Americans. Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman are Mormons, a faith that many conservative Christians have been taught is a “cult” and that many others think is just weird. (Huntsman says he is not “overly religious.”) Rick Perry and Michele Bachmann are both affiliated with fervid subsets of evangelical Christianity — and Rick Santorum comes out of the most conservative wing of Catholicism — which has raised concerns about their respect for the separation of church and state, not to mention the separation of fact and fiction.
I honestly don’t care if Mitt Romney wears Mormon undergarments beneath his Gap skinny jeans, or if he believes that the stories of ancient American prophets were engraved on gold tablets and buried in upstate New York, or that Mormonism’s founding prophet practiced polygamy (which was disavowed by the church in 1890). Every faith has its baggage, and every faith holds beliefs that will seem bizarre to outsiders. I grew up believing that a priest could turn a bread wafer into the actual flesh of Christ.
But I do want to know if a candidate places fealty to the Bible, the Book of Mormon (the text, not the Broadway musical) or some other authority higher than the Constitution and laws of this country. It matters to me whether a president respects serious science and verifiable history — in short, belongs to what an official in a previous administration once scornfully described as “the reality-based community.” I do care if religious doctrine becomes an excuse to exclude my fellow citizens from the rights and protections our country promises.
President Barack Obama belongs to a Church called "The Trinity United Church of Christ" and was associated with the Reverand Jerimiah Wright and professes to be a Muslim. His middle name is Hussein. Many reference that name to Sadaam Hussein, a war criminal and President who was caught and executed by his own people, just like the recent dictator of Libya Moammar Kadafi who ruled for 40 some years. All of the talk about President Barack Hussain Obama was not enough to keep him from getting elected, nor was the fact that so many people believed he wasn't born in the United States which would disqualify him from becoming the President nor the fact that he was a Muslim.
The main point here is that bringing up religious beliefs about the candidates does seem to be a total waste of time. The Republican candidates have nothing better to do than to tear down their rivals, by any means as long as they themselves get the Republican nomination.
As far as I'm concerned, the main debate will be between the President and whomever is nominated to be the Republican candidate. This is when people will finally realize that religion is important, but should not be the main subject manner between the candidates. Birth certificates and Religion are just the means to get people from focusing on the real issues that are centered in the race.