Tuesday, January 02, 2007

If Romney's Mormonism is in play, then Keith Ellison

Politics: and Islam is more than up for discussion despite the paper op-ed writers having a hissy fit. Via the Corner

Damon Linker raises the alarm (TNR again, sub. req'd). He makes the point that under some circumstances, a citizen might have to weigh the theological beliefs of a political candidate against him. As an abstract point, that is correct. Linker may also be correct in warning that the beliefs associated with Mormonism could, under certain circumstances, pose a particular danger. But as he also points out, to debate these matters at a high level of abstraction obscures more than it reveals. And when we come down from those heights, we can see that Linker's article is just more secularist hysteria. E.g.: Does Romney believe that the president of the Mormon Church is a genuine prophet of God? If so, how would he respond to a command from this prophet on matters of public policy? And, if his faith would require him to follow this hypothetical command, would it not be accurate to say that, under a President Romney, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints would truly be in charge of the country—with its leadership having final say on matters of right and wrong?
Ellison already said Islam would be the guiding force behind his politics.
"I'm not a religious leader ..." Ellison said inside Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Detroit. "I'm not here to be a preacher. But in terms of political agenda items, my faith informs these things."
I don't think either are religious nutjobs, but if you go at Romney, Ellison should be held up to the same sort of scrutiny.

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