Throwing the Book of Mormon at Mitt Romney

GREENWOOD, S.C., Oct. 23 Barack Obama rallying a global terror movement? Mitt Romney might have still been a bit bleary-eyed on Tuesday morning when he twice confused Mr. Obama with Osama bin Laden when referring to the latter’s new recorded message for jihadists to fight in Iraq.

Mr. Romney should stop using those Gideon Bibles to fall asleep after a hard day of campaigning. The Bible is too darned stimulating. He should read the Book of Mormon instead. It rambles on for endless pages of King Jamesese that make the Bible seem like a racy page-turner. I know, because I tried to read the Book of Mormon once. Not a waste of time though — I came across this interesting passage from 2 Nephi 5, verses 21-24:

“Wherefore, as they were white, and exceeding fair and delightsome, that they might not be enticing unto my people the Lord God did cause a skin of blackness to come upon them.

22. And thus saith the Lord God: I will cause that they shall be loathsome unto thy people save they shall repent of their iniquities.

23. And cursed shall be the seed of him that mixeth with their seed; for they shall be cursed even with the same cursing. And the Lord spake it, and it was done.

–Book of Mormon Published by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 1977

Although Sen. Joe Biden once got in trouble for calling Barack Obama ‘articulate’ I have to say that Sen. Obama has managed to run his campaign without making embarrassing verbal slips or reckless statements that he has to disown. When he was running for the Senate against Alan Keyes all he had to do was make sense and he came across as a statesman. Keyes was not above race-baiting either, accusing his opponent of taking “the slaveholder’s position� among other crazy, spit-spraying statements.

Seeing as politics is ruthless, and Obama, at least, manages to get his opponent’s names straight, I can’t rule out the possibility that Mitt Romney deliberately took a verbal jab — a little cut at Obama’s race, ancestry and family — just to test him.

More likely, it was a ‘Barney Fag’ kind of mistake. A private joke coming out in public. A moment of confusion because Mr. Romney has a mental file drawer for terrorists, Democrats, and dark-skinned guys with ethnic names. He’s going to win one for the values people and everyone else had better take a step back.

Politics is ruthless. I think it’s fair to ask Mitt Romney how he interprets that passage from the Book of Mormon. And it’s fair to ask him what in his record he can show to assure us that if elected he will respect every American as an equal citizen.

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4 responses

  1. Absolutely. We should ask all our candidates that. The Bible has some pretty bloody passages too, so I wouldn’t let Jews or Christians off the hook. Richard Nixon was a Quaker for goodness sake, and look at how he turned out.
    The best thing we could do when any of them start driveling on about their special relationship with god is to ask them for examples of how they have demonstated ethics in their political life and respected the rule of law applied equally to everyone.

  2. i actually would vote for a Mormon candidate if they took positions i agreed with and had a record of supporting progressive causes. i’m calling out Mitt Romney because he’s polishing up his religious image to please the people who want us to be a christian nation. also, i think his ‘misspeaking’ on Barack Obama might have been a tactic. George Bush uses his ‘inarticulateness’ to advantage, after all.

  3. As long as you’re quoting the Book of Mormon, please include this verse:

    “For none of these iniquities come of the Lord; for he doeth that which is good among the children of men; and he doeth nothing save it be plain unto the children of men; and he inviteth them all to come unto him and partake of his goodness; and he denieth none that come unto him, black and white, bond and free, male and female; and he remembereth the heathen; and all are alike unto God, both Jew and Gentile.”

    Book of Mormon, 2 Nephi 26:33.

    Like the Bible, the Book of Mormon is a complex book. One passage, taken out of context, can appear unreasonable. We’ve all seen posts by unbelievers using the same tactic in an attempt to put down the teachings of the Bible. It doesn’t further their cause.

  4. thank you. the bible has some passages to the effect that actions speak louder than words. we would be smart to judge others by their actions and respect their right to believe as their conscience leads them.
    the american ideal is a society with freedom of religion and equality under the rule of law, come to think of it.

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