Huck v. Romney

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HuckRomMcC.jpgHuck tells Fox that the Mittster would be a bad choice for VP because of his flip-flopping, but not because he’s a Mormon: “I think there are better choices for Sen. McCain that have the approval of value voters.” It’s time to connect the flip-flop charge to the anti-Mormon thing.
Many values voters–i.e. evangelicals– distrust Mormons. Why? Because, in evangelical eyes, Mormons claim to be something they’re not; to wit, Christians. People who change positions are not trustworthy because they claim to be something they didn’t use to be. The suspicion is they’re sailing under false pretenses, pretending to be something they aren’t. So what I’d say is that by so vigorously embracing all the values values voters embrace–rather than maintaining a certain distance–Romney actually reinforced anti-Mormon sentiment among evangelicals. (As in: “He says he’s just like us? What else would you expect from a Mormon?”) Just the opposite of what he intended. And at this point irremediable.

  • cindy

    Unfairly imputing motives there, at least when it comes to the anti-Romney motives of this evangelical and the dozens of others I’ve spoken with about Romney. Not a one of us is opposed to him because he’s a Mormon.

  • Mark Silk

    I don’t think I’m imputing motives. Notwithstanding you and your friends, there is plenty of evidence that some evangelicals did vote against Romney on religious grounds. What I’m suggesting is that his embrace of more conservative positions paradoxically may only have reinforced their anti-Mormonism.

  • An interesting thought, Mark, but I think it oversimplifies the Evangelical reaction to Romney and to Mormonism. It is illogical at best for anyone to conclude that Mormons are lying about being Christians. By any popular definition of that word, they are. (I am a Mormon myself.) The Evangelicals who claim Mormons are not Christian use a definition of “Christian” that is much narrower, and usually requires the professing Christian to accept the major creeds. Mormons are not trinitarians, so by that narrower definition are not Christians. This is quite silly and is very misleading, because the average person hears “not Christian” and thinks that means “not a believer in Jesus Christ.” Then again, I have heard some extreme Evangelicals deny that Catholics are Christian, a notion that would strike most reasonable people as absurd.
    My co-blogger (who is an Evangelical) and I have a lot to say about this at Article VI Blog: . I hope you find it interesting and useful.
    Now, did Romney make some Christians distrust him because he claimed to have very similar beliefs? Maybe, but I sure haven’t seen any data to support that hypothesis. If people did mistrust Romney on that basis, they were sadly misled.

  • Lisa

    I am not a Romney fan…the guy is plastic…but this Mormon stuff is BS..who cares if he is Mormon.

  • Rob Winslow

    It’s not too hard to understand how people in the 21st Century can be Christians, even though the biblical events believed by them in some form or other are utterly fantastical (virgin birth, incarnation of a god, resurrection, etc.). It’s all a matter of tradition softened (for many) through the centuries. The fantastical events are not examined very closely (again, by many but not all who today call themselves Christians).
    But it is totally illogical and irrational to assume someone found some writings buried in upper New York State in the 1800s, which writings purported to be from near-New Testament times. To believe such nonsense and to be part of a religion built in large part on such is (although the right to do so should be protected in our society)to engage in fantasy on a monumental scale.

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