An Enlightened Turk Vs. A Foolish Christian
…No, Mormons are not Christians, no matter how big the words “JESUS CHRIST” may appear on the cornerstones of their buildings.
However, Martin Luther was on to something when he said it is better to be governed by an enlightened Turk than a foolish Christian.
In this case, Mitt Romney would be the equivalent of the enlightened Turk (who in today’s terms would be called a Muslim–from a Christian perspective, an infidel). Barack Obama would be the foolish Christian (though I know some would make the case that Obama is more the Turk, but we’ll grant him the presumption of honesty as to his profession of Christianity).
Romney’s values are likely more in line with those of Christians than the professed “Christian” Obama. The President seems to be flirting with the idea of supporting gay “marriage”, which his liberal party just can’t wait for him to openly embrace, but he wants to get re-elected and perhaps not put himself on the side of the minority of Americans on this issue. He would likely lose some of the black vote and support, but he has so much of that anyway that he could probably fund some more terrorists, besides the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, say domestic ones like the Ku Klux Klan, and he would still get over 90% of the black vote. But mark my words, should he be re-elected, Obama will push to legalize gay “marriage”. He might even seek to legalize it through unconstitutional means, like ObamaCare was pushed through, if necessary.
Evangelicals have apparently fled to Rick Santorum as the anti-Romney (I did too, in the primary election), but it has become evident that Romney will be the likely nominee. I find it odd that Santorum has not been able to win over the votes of his fellow co-religionists, the Catholics; they have for some strange reason mostly flocked to Romney in the greatest numbers.
We have to remember that we are not electing a Pastor-in-Chief, but a Commander-in-Chief. I do realize that Mormonism would probably grow as a result of electing a Mormon president. Some might reason that keeping those souls that would be deceived by Mormonism from turning toward that cult is reason enough to not vote for Romney. Having a “cultist” for a president might seem to others another good reason to not vote for him. And I expect the Devilcrats (say it real fast when you use it in conversation and it’s almost indistinguishable from saying “Democrats”; I did once when I called in to a national talk radio show) will make these arguments, and that they hypocritically will all of a sudden become such good Christians (like when Bill Clinton whipped out his huge Bible for the cameras) and will be appalled that any so-called Christian could actually vote for Romney. Not only would that be religious bigotry and hypocrisy on their part, but also applying a religious test when it comes to who can be president, which the Constitution officially forbids.
If it wasn’t for their whacked-out beliefs and weird rituals, to say nothing of the heresy Mormons believe, most Christians would probably have no problem with Mitt Romney’s life and character: a stable family, long marriage to the same woman, and he’s been the equivalent of like a pastor in his “church”. I remember in 2007 when Romney was running in the primaries against John McCain and others telling an acquaintance of mine who was Jewish that I just couldn’t see voting for someone like Romney who held such whacked-out Mormon beliefs. She told me that as a Jew that is how she viewed Christianity. I suppose a virgin birth and raising from the dead are pretty “out there”. And Jews have had to just usually vote for Christians for president in the past despite significant differences of belief. But we essentially share the same values, and as is the case with Romney’s Mormon faith, that is what matters.
Christians in the past have voted for a likely Deist (or Universalist) for president (Thomas Jefferson) and also likely only nominal Christians for president (and I’ll be kind by only naming Abraham Lincoln as probably falling into this category, though I think by the end of his life he may have actually converted to the faith). So in a sense, we’ve had our enlightened Turks (and some foolish Christians) as presidents already (I won’t name any of the latter, but a certain one in office at the close of the 1970′s comes to mind). And as you can probably tell from all of the Jefferson quotes on this blog that I consider him to have been a great and enlightened president.
…I would just caution Romney: don’t talk too much about this being “a nation under God” as he did after winning either in Iowa or New Hampster. I had to cringe when I heard that, and thought, don’t you mean “a nation under gods“? (For those of you wondering why aren’t Mormons Christians and what’s wrong with what they believe, a key fundamental difference is that they are polytheists, believers in many gods, including the idea that they themselves will become gods of their own planets, and not monotheists, like believers of the three “Abrahamic Faiths” so-called.