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Apparently Islam is as Christian as Mormonism…

My wife and I are fans of the TLC show “Sister Wives.”  I like the show on a variety of levels, from entertainment to social commentary.  The family depicted in the show, the Browns, is a part of a fundamentalist sect of Mormonism and practice polygamy.  However, they are not affiliated with and vehemently reject Warren Jeffs and his ilk.

While watching the show, I got to thinking about how Mormonism is hitting the mainstream with the nomination of Mitt Romney as GOP candidate for President of the United States.  Interestingly, November promises to pit the first black President against the first Mormon nominee for President.

With the former being the Democrat and the latter the Republican in the race, this proves to be quite a conundrum for Evangelicals who have any concern whatsoever about being consistent in their politics and their beliefs.  Perhaps we should lay out the case first.

On the one hand, if I’ve heard it once I’ve heard it a thousand times that Obama is a Muslim.  He was actually a member of the (ultra-liberal) Christian denomination “United Churches of Christ.”  (Whether he is still, I don’t know.)  On the other hand, Romney, a Mormon, is part of a religious group that is not unlike Islam.  Richard Land, head of the Southern Baptist Convention‘s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, said in February of this year that “perhaps the best way to describe Mormonism, perhaps the most charitable way to describe Mormonism, is that it’s a fourth Abrahamic religion, with Joseph Smith playing the role that Muhammad plays in Islam and the Book of Mormon playing the role that the Quran plays in Islam. It’s based upon the Christian faith and the Jewish faith but it goes beyond them and it contradicts them.  Islam is not a Christian faith. Mormonism is not a Christian faith.”

The Mormon Puzzle – a Southern Baptist study on Mormonism and how to witness to Mormons

With as much as I hear conservatives moan about how the US of A needs to get back to its “Christian roots” and be a “Christian nation,” I just don’t see what they are going to do in November if they want to hold true to making America a “Christian nation once again.”

Apparently, Land isn’t too concerned about this problem and is willing to tie his cart to Romney’s horse in this case.  His concern is that the news media, which “by and large is in the tank for Mr. Obama,” will focus on Romney’s religion as a wedge issue to try to swing independent voters to Obama’s side.  I’m sure this is somehow different that Land’s use of religion to try to sway voters to Rick Santorum during the GOP primaries.It will be interesting to see if Southern Baptists make any statements about religion or Mormonism or the like that could be construed as tacit endorsements at their annual convention this month.

 

(Full disclosure – I was Baptist for over 30 years, “was” being the operative word.)

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Blocked…

I did something this week that I never thought possible.  I was booted and blocked from Newt Gingrich’s Facebook page.  Seriously.  Now, if you’re familiar with political figures’ Facebook pages, you know that all of them have proponents and opponents posting and commenting on them.  People are always debating the candidates and the issues on those pages.  It’s just the way it is.  But today, a friend on Facebook had commented on something on Gingrich’s page and I had never seen it come up in my news feed.  I went to the page and, sure enough, I couldn’t comment on any posts.  I tried to “re-like” it and when I did I could only read the posts, not comment on them.

Now there are still tons of people who oppose Gingrich still posting on on his wall.  Sure, a lot of people talk about his affairs and divorces and the timing of the second divorce/third wife, but that’s not really of concern to me.  (Nor is is apparently a concern to tons of Republican “values voters” who hated Bill Clinton.  Some values.)  Gingrich’s positions on the issues should be enough to disqualify him from consideration from conservatives, especially the “Tea Party” types.  Instead, in South Carolina, Gingrich scored about 45% of the vote of people who support the “Tea Party” movement.  Issues like the health care mandate, TARP, foreign policy, and the drug war are debated, discussed and cussed ad nauseam, mostly because we like to harp on them all.  So what on earth would get me kicked off of Gingrich’s page?

My most recent activity included linking this video (or at least one of the various other videos like it), which is apparently nearly kryptonite for Gingrich in his quest to dupe conservatives into thinking he is one of them:

Off all of the issues on the table and of all the history there is to observe with Gingrich’s time in various offices and as an influence peddler, it’s a video that points out Gingrich’s Progressivism that gets me booted and blocked.  I’m not the biggest Glenn Beck fan–oftentimes he’s been looking way too much for black helicopters–but as far as “conservatives” and “tea party” supporters go, this video should be reason enough for any true conservative to seek elsewhere for a nominee.  It’s obviously a sore spot for the Gingrich campaign.

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