CNN has been having repeated discussions about Romney, his religion and the 2012 race. At MSNBC, Lawrence O'Donnell had the same conversation. Is the mainstream press starting a coordinated attack on Romney by attempting to drum up suspicion of Mormons, inciting voters and hoping it will be a self-fulfilling prophesy?
I'm not an expert on the Mormon religion, but have no real issue with Mormons. I find the concept of baptizing the dead off-putting (and baptizing Holocaust victims absurd.) But, as long as those beliefs stay in the church, and don't make their way to federal law, I'm fine.
I'm far more disgusted by those who want to push their beliefs on me via social justice (see, Obamacare) or through direct attack on the Second Amendment (see Operation Fast and Furious, or check with Katie Pavlich!)
I posted a question about this to Twitter and Facebook, and asked whether Romney's religion would be a problem, "...as opposed to the economy, Obamacare, Solyndra, Fast and Furious, gas prices...right?"
I was stunned to find a response from a Leftist who had no qualms with announcing his anti-Mormon stance (emphasis mine):
Write this down...America will NOT elect a Mormon as President. Although he could easily be the WORST Mormon ever. I guess he's got that going for him. Obamacare was Romney's idea. And to try & stop the perpetuation of a myth, the President has NO power over the price of gasoline. You're welcome. Enjoy the next 4 years.
Never mind that the President CAN affect gas prices. However, he has to be willing to engage the natural resources at our disposal, and effectively end US dependence on foreign oil. (It also helps if they don't believe in necessarily skyrocketing energy prices!) But what to make of the clear pronouncement that America will not vote for Mormons? Is that true?
The answer is no. People voted for Sen. Harry Reid in Nevada. They voted for Rep. Jeff Flake in Arizona, and Rep. Raul Labrador in Idaho. They vote for Democrat Mormons and Republican Mormons. Yes, Americans from all across America will vote for Mormons. Even in American Samoa, Rep. Eni Faleomavaega serves in the House as a non-voting member. He is a Mormon.
It's not that America is afraid of a Mormon. It's that the MSM and Leftists WANT America to be afraid of electing a Mormon.
At Newsbusters, Scott Whitlock remarked on how MSNBC is trying to connect Romney and the Mormon church to issues of race (emphasis mine):
In his piece, (BuzzFeed writer and Mormon McKay) Coppins cited a number of MSNBC regulars, including Marc Lamont Hill and Joy Ann Reid:
MSNBC analyst and Miami Herald columnist Joy Ann Reid — a prominent voice on race issues in a crucial swing state — said Romney deserves to be challenged on his church's past.
"I think if he were a child when anti-black policies were in place, that would be different," said Reid. "But he was an adult, active in the ministry of his church, and it's fair to ask, if the media cares to — and they should — what he thought of those policies at the time. The question is very much legitimate."
Does that mean the question is also legitimate to ask of President Obama, and his association with Rev. Jeremiah Wright? Of course not! Those questions have been deemed racist by the MSM. In 2010, Ed Driscoll documented how Leftist journalists involved with the Journolist worked to kill stories about Wright to protect Obama (emphasis mine):
At the Daily Caller, Jonathan Strong rummages through the JournoList and describes how documents from mid-2008 “show media plotting to kill stories about Rev. Jeremiah Wright:”
According to records obtained by The Daily Caller, at several points during the 2008 presidential campaign a group of liberal journalists took radical steps to protect their favored candidate. Employees of news organizations including Time, Politico, the Huffington Post, the Baltimore Sun, the Guardian, Salon and the New Republic participated in outpourings of anger over how Obama had been treated in the media, and in some cases plotted to fix the damage.
In one instance, Spencer Ackerman of the Washington Independent urged his colleagues to deflect attention from Obama’s relationship with Wright by changing the subject. Pick one of Obama’s conservative critics, Ackerman wrote, “Fred Barnes, Karl Rove, who cares — and call them racists.
In 2008, CNN declared, while interviewing then candidate Obama, that the network was a "Wright Free Zone."
Discussions about Romney and policy are fair game, and should be engaged. But the Left can not dictate the terms of the discussion ever, just like they are attempting to do. CNN must immediately come out with a statement that they will be a Mormon Free Zone. MSNBC must be eschewed for their obvious Mormon-baiting. And how dare O' Donnell (an admitted socialist) even engage a conversation about religion! As Lenin wrote:
Religion must be of no concern to the state, and religious societies must have no connection with governmental authority. Everyone must be absolutely free to profess any religion he pleases, or no religion whatever, i.e., to be an atheist, which every socialist is, as a rule. Discrimination among citizens on account of their religious convictions is wholly intolerable. Even the bare mention of a citizen’s religion in official documents should unquestionably be eliminated.
The MSM's coordinated attempts to influence voters through peddling fear and religious bigotry will not be allowed to stand.