Thursday, May 10, 2007

As For the One Mormon

“As for the one Mormon running for office, those that really believe in God will defeat him anyway, so don’t worry about that. That’s a temporary situation.”
~ Al Sharpton
[CNN, 5/9/2007]

Al, Al, Al. I'm not gonna give you too much of a hard time here because - unlike most of America - I more or less buy your explanation that when you said 'people who really believe in God' you meant non-atheists as opposed to atheists, not non-Mormons as opposed to Mormons. I figure if you really were being an anti-Mormon bigot when you made the remark, you would have rushed to apologize, blamed the comment on something like an addiction to Internet porn, and hastened to admit yourself to a treatment center. After all, that's what famous people who get caught hard-core dissing on Jews or blacks or gays or whoever do these days, right?

In the future, though, could you please watch your syntax so as to not appear to be speaking down to the entire Mormon religion? Seeing as how we have freedom of religion in the US and - how can I put this gently? - most of Wonder Bread America already thinks you're an asshole, that sort of thing just serves to provide fodder to the Romney campaign, which translates into air time, which could (god forbid) translate into Romney votes come election time.

In any case, you and I both know the main reason Romney shouldn't be in the White House - besides that he's a Republican, of course - has nothing to do with his religion. Rather, it's that he'll say whatever he needs to say to get elected and, therefore, can't be taken at his word. Remember when Romney was running in Massachusetts and he swore up and down that he was adamantly pro-choice and a strong supporter of equality for gays - because that sort of stuff really flies here - but then later flip-flopped on those issues to recreate himself as the conservative poster boy he thinks America wants? Classic Romney. I'm half surprised he didn't renounce his faith and become a Methodist as part of his transition from Governor of Massachusetts to US Presidential candidate. Or maybe he did and he's just saving that announcement for a time when he needs a surge in the polls?


Lee said...

Sharpton's a fool. Non-athiests (read God-fearing-righteous folk verses athiests (read Satanists)?! This is America's political discourse?


Parlancheq said...

Lee: Good point. Forget Romney. Atheists should demand an immediate apology from Sharpton. And maybe Sharpton should be forced to resign, too?