Friday, December 07, 2007

No! No! I'm One of You!

So Mitt Romney gave a speech yesterday defending his Mormonism and explaining how it wouldn't play a part in his decision-making. Of course it's bullshit, and of course he displayed what a moron he is (as opposed to what a Mormon he is). For a more thorough dissection of the speech than I'll give, read Nathan's post, which addresses the most egregious lapses.

In his attempt to counter Mike Huckabee's increase in popularity in Iowa, Romney has decided to throw everything into appealing to evangelical Christians so he can save his campaign. In doing so he's positioned himself against secularists, who seem to be supported by the text of the Constitution of the United States. But he knows this plays well to the pious, so he can ride this horse 'til it collapses, because nobody's there to call him on it.

A quote from Romney's speech comes close to addressing reality:

[R]eligious tolerance would be a shallow principle, indeed, if it were reserved only for faiths with which we agree.

In the interest of completeness, I'd restate it as:

Tolerance of other worldviews would be a shallow principle, indeed, if it were reserved only for religious faiths.


Jim said...

The thing that scares me most about religion is it's ability to dictate my actions in society. Even though I don't hold faith in any religion or god, the people that do are the ones that have the loudest voices.

Saying you won't let your beliefs influence your decisions is ignorant and an outright lie.

Mike said...

Mitt's a shit

Nathan said...

Thanks for the link.

The title of your post and the speach it refers to remind me of the famous dinner scene in Todd Browning's Freaks. I think it's an appropriate metaphor for this kind of pandering.

Romney's speech was so ineffectual, because it was so muddled with tracking and backtracking that would have confused John Kerry, that it ultimately hurt him. Now he's not just The Mormon Candidate, he's The Mormon Candidate Who Who Sold Out, despite his arguments to the contrary. And the religious voters he's going after do not deal in nuance or ambiguity.