In the discussion thread: Republicans rally around Bishop Willard, fulfilling the Mormon White Horse Prophecy [View all]
Response to Berlum (Original post)
Sun Oct 21, 2012, 02:06 PM
PotatoChip (2,618 posts)
15. I agree with you.
If evangelical christians, who make up a large segment of the far right's loyal voting bloc, were more aware of how deeply involved Mitt is w/the Mormon faith, we'd be having a much easier time reelecting the President.
Having grown up in a right wing christian evangelical family, I know of which I speak. My parents' politics as far back as I can remember were (and still are) heavily influenced by their religious beliefs. And even now, with the exception of one sister who lives out of state, they all vote Republican.
But the Mormon thing is really giving them pause. To demonstrate what I mean by this, just last week at a family gathering, I dared to bring up the topic. This for me is very difficult, because as a liberal and non-churchgoer, my opinions on both politics and religion are not very well received in my family. In order to keep the peace, I learned a very long time ago to keep my mouth shut regarding these matters. But knowing how they feel about Mormons, I just couldn't resist...
During a lull in the conversation, I turned to one sister (the most rabid winger of the bunch) and asked as pleasantly as possible, "Will you be voting for the Christian or The Bishop this year?"... Not one of them had a clue as to what I was talking about, but caught off guard, she falls into my trap.
"What Bishop?" she asks suspiciously. At this point, I have everyone's full attention when I say, "You know- Romney, The Mormon Bishop" (doing my best to hide how much I was enjoying this). "He's not a Bishop, and doesn't even attend the Mormon church anymore" she says, as if it's the gospel truth. Probably heard that from some other church member... Now, I don't know if Romney still attends the Mormon church or not, but I know for a fact that he was once a Mormon Bishop, so I say so. Oh my, if looks could kill, lol!
To break the tension, my mother pipes in with, "Well, we (meaning all of them) vote on our knees, as well as in the voting booth. If what you say about Mitt is true, then we may just sit this one out, or perhaps write in Santorum."
Someone changed the subject, so that ended it, but OMG I had a very hard time holding back from LMAO. I don't know what was funnier, the "we vote on our knees" comment, or the fact that they may be forced, for the first time ever, to throw their Presidential vote away.
Sooooo, the point I'm trying to make here is this--- Right wing evangelicals are trying very hard to justify voting for a Mormon. Even to the point of convincing themselves that he's a Mormon in name only.
My bringing up the fact that he was more heavily involved in the Mormon religion than they had deluded themselves into believing is devastating to them. It was bad enough for them to learn that their beloved 'Family Values' party had nominated a Mormon Bishop as their candidate. So it's probably just as well that I never got an opportunity to mention 'The White Horse Prophecy'. I think it would have completely blown their minds, and I'm not that cruel. As much as I disagree w/them, they are my family after all.
I really hope that more right wing christian evangelicals will learn the whole truth about Romney's Mormonism by election day. I'm telling ya... if all of them were to know what we know, nothing, not even Billy Graham would be able to save Romney's campaign.
Sorry in advance about the length of this post... just had to share.
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