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Massachusetts Liberal

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Sunday, May 06, 2007

It's not about faith, it's about beliefs

So the graduates of Regent University (personnel service to the Justice Department) decided to show their tolerance by not walking out on Mitt Romney because they don't believe a Mormon is a true Christian?

Regular readers know that I harbor no affection for Myth Romney, who has abandoned virtually every position he professed to believe in between the time he ran for governor of Massachusetts, then abandoned that job to bring his "message" to the national stage.

But I have no quarrel with Romney's Mormonism. It's not the Supreme Being you worship (or even whether you worship). It's about what you believe in -- and Romney has shown he believes in saying and doing anything to get elected.

But it is truly frightening to look at the intolerance being preached by America's Ayatollahs -- creating a Sunni-Shia split within the ranks of those who profess belief in Christianity. And it is also terrifying to see how the Armies of the Right are looking to impose their narrow-minded views on those who believe in Judaism, Buddhism or other faiths.

The rush by Republican GOP hopefuls to symbolically kiss Pat Robertson's ring is unseemly. It's even more unseemly that a university is so rigid in its beliefs that, as one student said, "it was a very big deal" when it was first revealed that Romney would be speaking.
Christie Moler, 36, who received a doctorate in psychology, said Romney was wise not to openly talk about his faith, which she said some would have interpreted as disrespectful. Though many Regent students are tolerant of Mormonism, she said, a family friend had this reaction upon learning that Romney would be at the podium: "I can't believe Pat's allowing that to happen."
Whatever happened to loving all of God's children?

While this kind of narrow-mindedness is no longer shocking from Robertson and his disciples, it's a bit tougher to stomach a party where three "candidates" can stand up and declare they do not ascribe to one of the most basic scientific principles of our time -- with some so fearful of the concept they (Robertson for example) would turn back the clock and refuse to teach evolution in the schools.

The Theocons of the Religious Right are intent on creating a religious state every bit as fundamentalist as those in Iran and Saudi Arabia. If Romney's choice of faith is a subject of debate among those who profess to pray to the same Supreme Being, we should all pray to whoever or whatever we believe in that sanity and rationality will prevail.

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