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Mitt, Mormonism, and the Media

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Debbie Avatar
Posted: 03.13.08, 04:46 AM
I have dealt with the issue of the Republicans being perceived as either too narrow minded or opportunists selling everything for the sake of the big business here I think it is appropriate in this context
asynchronice Avatar
Posted: 01.29.08, 02:10 PM
Missing the larger point...
It irks me that there is considerable, lengthy, and in-depth conversation and debate about 'electability' of a Mormon candidate, when I think (intellectually) the more important question is why faith matters at all ? I was a little disgusted at the mention of other Republican candidates being 'coy' at talking about whether they go to church, and mocking that they 'never go at all'. I'm an ex-mormon, and while I find it fascinating to see a Mormon candidacy unfold, I think the picture people should try to see is that faith is personal, not political. It may guide your beliefs, but it should not define them. And the litmus test of Christian faith for a candidate is outdated and frankly embarassing. So discussing whether Mormonism is REALLY a Christian religion is somewhat besides the point. What I would love to see is a head to head of the mystical beliefs of each faith, and try to objectively surmise which is more probable. Hmmm, Magical tools and Golden Plates buried in hill in New York or a talking snake in the Garden. If you can step outside your mind for just a second and think about it, you can plainly see it's equally absurd (and I guess if you're inclined, believable)
dfhill Avatar
Posted: 12.06.07, 09:04 PM
A Non-Participant's View
I really enjoyed watching the piece on Mitt, Mormonism and the Media. I am a member of the LDS Church, living in Canada. I am always interested in watching politics to the south, which in many ways is extremely different from what we see here, but that is likely wishful thinking. Because I am LDS, have served a mission, have served in the church in various capacities, have served the communities in which I live, have many good friends who are members and many others who are not, many of whom I consider to be personal mentors and exemplary examples of good people, I do marvel at the debate surrounding Mitt Romney and his religious beliefs. Would I like my close personal non-mormon friends to adopt my faith, sure I would. If they don't will I reject them. Of course not. From a view north of the 49th parallel, I would think one would welcome a president who is honest, has good personal ethics and morals, stands for something, can be trusted, etc. -- which perhaps more than one candidate, republican or democrat might actually be. I for one would rather vote for someone, than against someone, based on my own study, analysis and good judgement -- and hope my wife did not cancel out my vote.
HiveRadical Avatar
Posted: 12.06.07, 12:52 AM
I got a lot out of this
As a practicing Mormon I got a good deal out of this. I learned far more from Helen in her talk here than I got out of her whole documentary on my faith. The most interesting thing to me was the academic that she refused to name. To anyone aware of the backgrounds of the scholars she used for the program it becomes clear that the man who felt we are 'radioactive' and who didn't trust us is Harold Bloom. He fits like a glove her description. I know of no other academic that's looked into the field of Mormonism and come out with a more firmly set up contrast in feelings between Joseph Smith and the present Church. I still really like and appreciate the last statement he makes in the documentary about our faith. I think it's my favorite part of her whole documentary. Though there were several very good parts. What I wouldn't have given to have been a fly on the wall those four years she was making that documentary.