More on Romney as president

Romney's Religion A Mormon president? No way. By Jacob Weisberg

Jacob Weisberg wrote quite a informative and inflammatory piece regarding how Romney's strange religious beliefs should bring serious questions to his judgement.
Others, myself included, would not, under most imaginable circumstances, vote for a fanatic or fundamentalist—a Hassidic Jew who regards Rabbi Menachem Schneerson as the Messiah, a Christian literalist who thinks that the Earth is less than 7,000 years old, or a Scientologist who thinks it is haunted by the souls of space aliens sent by the evil lord Xenu. Such views are disqualifying because they're dogmatic, irrational, and absurd. By holding them, someone indicates a basic failure to think for himself or see the world as it is. By the same token, I wouldn't vote for someone who truly believed in the founding whoppers of Mormonism.

That's pretty strong rhetoric but I suspect that it's the beginning of what we can expect to see. Since I no longer believe in the founding tenets of Mormonism I can easily see Weisberg's point. I consider them about as easy to swallow as Scientology. However the tone of this seems to walk right close to the line of respecting someones religious beliefs that has always been a hallmark of American tolerance. Let's hope it says civil.


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