I had prepared a blog to post today that is typical Mark humor, penis jokes and attempts at self deprecating humor, but I am going to delay posting it because I have something else on my mind. Those who know me know that I am a pretty easy going guy who probably comes off as an a-hole. Those who know me better know that I love politics and debating current events. Those who know me really well know that I am actively involved in my church and have very strong feelings about it (please don’t think of me as too much of a hypocrite from my prior posts). Today I want to talk politics and religion for just a minute, and then I will get back to potty humor.
I must admit that even though I am Mormon, I could never get real excited about Mitt Romney. On paper I thought he was the best candidate, but I always thought he was a little disingenuous. I think it would be irresponsible to support a political candidate just because they share my faith, skin color or genitalia. I don’t think Mormons should vote for Mormons because of religion and I think the same applies to Catholics, Baptists, Jews, Atheists or anyone else.
If someone wants to use their faith as a stepping stone to a political office then they have that right. What displeases me is when someone uses another person’s faith to bring them down in a political race. When Mike Huckabee brought up controversial Mormon beliefs he knew that it may hurt Romney’s polling numbers. I realize that politics is a dirty game and that personal attacks are often used, but you should be careful when attacking certain things. If he wants to attack a religion then he should have just attacked. I have been criticized for my religious beliefs in the past and I certainly will be criticized in the future, but don’t act innocent when bringing up my beliefs and claim that “I don’t know much about Mormonism”. A pastor with a theology degree should have been exposed to basic Mormon tenets, especially one who attended and addressed his church’s convention held in Salt Lake City in 1998 with the intention of confronting Mormons about their beliefs. If Mike Huckabee believes what his church teaches, that Mormonism is a heretical cult, than come out and say it, I’ve heard it before, but don't give me any of this patronizing BS about not knowing much about it while making backhanded insults. When Jesus reproached the Pharisees at least he had the guts to say it to their face and didn’t apologize afterwards and claim ignorance.
Many will say that this is just the rambling of a sore loser, but as a Republican I think that McCain is a better nominee than Romney as far as his odds of winning the presidency. I will support McCain, but I will not support any ticket that has Mike Huckabee on it. I took his attacks personally, as a Mormon. I hope that he did apologize to Romney for his statements, but an apology to the other 13 million or so Mormons would be nice.
Cheers: to Mitt Romney for running a solid campaign and doing what was best for his country and party by graciously stepping aside today.
Jeers: to me for bringing up politics and religion in the same post.
(Don’t worry, I will be back to my dirty minded, sarcastic self shortly).