Carol Platt Liebau: Shockingly Un-American

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Shockingly Un-American

Governor Mitt Romney has denounced the anti-Mormon push calls being made in as un-American.

He's right -- they are un-American, shockingly so. This sort of naked religious bigotry is the kind of thing one expects to see, perhaps, in the least developed, least enlightened corners of the world -- but in the USA? To say that a man is bad, unfit to hold office because of his (entirely peaceful) faith runs counter to every principle of fair play and equality that Americans hold dear.

As I noted here, anti-religious prejudice seems to be one of the last remaining acceptable forms of bigotry in this country.

But every religious believer in America should be standing up to denounce what's been done to Mitt Romney. After all, if his faith can be impugned without outcry or penalty, so can everyone else's.


Blogger stackja1945 said...

Carol, the US has a history full of religious bigotry mostly against the then Irish Catholics. Now the Dems that championed the Irish cause want to play the bigotry card.

4:55 PM  
Blogger JohnnyT. said...

Our country was founded on the principle of freedom of religion, even crazy cultish religions are included. Mormonism is a faith that is well established and proven as peaceful and beneficial to our society. while I do not agree with the Mormon theology, they are wonderful,nice, decent people who care about our country.
I'm not sure bigotry is the right word, even in a religous connotation, to describe this attack. It is political, calculated, and ignorant. There is nothing wrong with disliking a religion, if you feel honestly called by God to witness. There are many false religions leading many souls astray, and someone has to step up and declare the truth.
But we are electing leaders, not pastors. If any specific religion that is peaceful cannot be represented in our Government, then one of the founding principles of our Nation is void. On a personal level I can understand why an individual would have trouble voting for someone who has what could be conceived as a heretical point of view on God, that makes perfect sense, since the oath sworn is before God. That is why we do not have a National Religion. The left will use whatever wedge available to divide the right. Thats all we have to remember and religion seems to be a province of the right in our country now, so it makes perfect sense that this kind of bias is acceptable to the "tolerant ones". But fellow conservatives who believe in the constitution need to trust the founding fathers and all the checks and balances installed to seperate Government and Religion. To then elect the best man or woman based solely on merit seems rather simplified.

7:36 AM  
Blogger Desertmoon said...

I overheard a student conversation one day mocking Christians and casually interjected the similarity of a couple of "good ol' boys" sitting around a campfire using the same language referring to blacks or Jews in the 1964 deep south or pre-war Germany. They got it, we had an interesting conversation the next day. They had never seen the connection or understood what bigotry is all about.

8:04 AM  

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