Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Religious Catfight Continues

[Politics] Mike Huckabee is said to be planning a rebuttal in the New York Times to Romney's faith speech for not addressing the more peculiar tenets of the faith. Today's DesNews article said the Huckabee editorial would pose the question "Do Mormons believe Jesus and the Devil Are Brothers?"

My prediction is that the editorial will not directly pose that question. My guess is that just as Romney hinted at addressing comprehensively the controversial elements of his faith and then just recited an eloquent "noneofyourdamnbusiness" faith speech, so too will Huckabee just throw out this teaser of assuming that Mormons consider Jesus and Satan as siblings to draw the most press from an article that will most likely not directly confront mormon beliefs or even make the assertion that Mormons believe Jesus and Satan are bros, but will rather attack Romney for not elaborating on said belief and how they affect his policies.

So the orthodox grudge match continues. The only thing I find amazing is that Utah pundits acted like Romney's faith speech was the last word in this debate. People really should've stopped patting themselves on the back and stepped outside of the beehive to see what the nation's reaction was to the speech.

While KSL Newsradio's Doug Wright proclaimed that "he knocked it out of the ballpark," southern evangelicals everywhere were still shaking their heads. While a very presidential Romney appeared on the cover of all the dailies 'round here with bold headlines like "Symphony of Faith" posing Mitt as the maestro, a gallup poll done right after the speech shows one in six americans won't vote a mormon president and that republicans were only one percentage point less likely to rule out voting in a Mormon candidate for their party.

Way to go Mitt, now you've really clinched the Mormon vote.

It's funny but you'd think these republican candidates would try and figure another way to win the south, like for example even pretending to court the african american vote. But I guess then they would have to show up for the events. (Eric S. Peterson)

1 comment:

  1. "a gallup poll done right after the speech shows one in six americans won't vote a mormon president"

    So Eric, that DOES represent a home run, since polls from a few months ago indicated that 25-40% of Americans wouldn't vote for a Mormon as president. Getting that number down to 17% represents real progress.


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