Friday, December 07, 2007

Mitt Romney and The Perfect Deception



Mitt Romney is a Mormon. Now after all the discussion about his religion and his sect of the Christian realm, I still don't know what it means to be Mormon. I mean some aspects of the Mormon thing I like, you know having multiple wives--oh, officially they have dropped that. But I think there is some dl polygamy going on. And there are some things I don't like, you know, like black folks not being able to get into heaven--oh officially they dropped that too. Hey but I still gots much hate from that Mormon M/F who gave me a 3 out of 5 on my peer review.

But I digress, this whole controversy brings up the issue about religion and politics. Should faith play a role in the political process. As a member in good and regular standing at my local black church, I am ashamed at how politicos show up on Sunday morning during election season sharing about how much they love the Lord when the only reason they are there is to hawk their latest campaign.

Old change my mind Mitt, says you can't have religion without freedom and you can't have freedom without religion well, I am not so sure. The only way that freedom and religion can coexist is when we do not connect them to one another. Obivously having religion does not imply freedom because many religious people tend to veer away from the free will given by God to impose restraints on will by determining what is correct behavior. For example the mainline black church is stridently opposed to gay marriage in any form claiming it's not biblical. Thus a black candidate who would champion such a cause would be literally cursed from the pulpit and if he professed a religious faith it would be subject to ridicule.

Religion as we practice it on earth and freedom are mutually exclusive, constraints must be placed on the state if the citizens are going to be allowed to freely exercise their religious beliefs and all beliefs must be tolerated and the biggest opponents to this will be Christians.

Now did Mitt do the right thing? Absolutely, especially for the religious sect of his party his statement about his belief in Jesus as Son of God and Savior of Mankind was straight out of Huckabee's mouth and perhaps evidence that Romney is willing to deceive the American people to get his way. In using this language Romney is not telling Americans that he as many Mormons believe that Jesus is a secondary figure and far different from the "Heavenly Father." Many Christians are believers in the Trinity and this is what makes Romney's statement about Jesus as son and savior so disingenuous. He knows that we hear and translate what we want to hear and translate and in doing this in this manner he is showing us that he is not above the fray.

3 Comments:

At Monday, December 10, 2007 6:09:00 AM, Blogger Darius T. Williams said...

I thought he did the right thing!!!

 
At Wednesday, December 26, 2007 3:43:00 PM, Blogger Brownsoul said...

Interesting.

I think that faith and politics are always tied together. People go for the candidate who ideals and values more closely resemble theirs and that of course includes faith.

And I agree that religion does not guarantee freedom....aren't we at war with some claim that it's all about freedom....

Well anyway, this is good stuff, Gibby.

 
At Monday, January 07, 2008 6:54:00 AM, Blogger Cocoa Rican said...

Great piece...and an on point observation.

 

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