The anti-Mormon PR campaign and apologizing for religion
There’s a PR woman out there whose sole job, it appears, is to attack Mitt Romney’s Mormon religion. Her name is Kay Bell, and she is a prolific press release writer. Bell uses an AOL email account, and her business tag refers to CMI Publicity in Delaware. I have been unable to find a website for this organization nor have I found much info on Bell herself (I’m guessing she’s not the same Kay Bell I found in Austin who writes about taxes). And I’m guessing that few in the mainstream media is using Bell’s anti-Mormon press releases to pursue a story. Still, I’m intrigued by this anti-Romney campaign. Who is this Kay Bell? Who’s behind these attacks?
The latest release is about a group of black clergy who gathered in Florida on Sunday to demand that Romney renounce his “racist religion.” The ministers cited racist passages in the Book of Mormon and argued that a Romney presidency would undermine race relations and reinforce the belief among African Americans that the GOP is a racist party.
From the email:
Because of the aforementioned facts, we believe that a Romney Presidential nomination for the Republican Party would widen the racial divide to a point of no return, because the Republican Party would be viewed as a racist political party. Romney’s nomination would cause the erroneous view that has long existed in the minds of black people, that the Republican Party is prejudice to become a reality. Also, if Romney gets the nomination, President Obama’s super pacs will educate the American people about his racist religion and he will probably lose to Obama.
According to a piece in the political news website the State Column, the pastor who led the event is a Santorum supporter. Hmm….
Here’s the thing, and I know I’ve said this before, but aren’t all religions plagued by regrettable passages and horrible misdeeds by believers? Should we ask all the Christian candidates to renounce the Bible’s misogyny? Its position on slavery? Its homophobia? Of course, a lot of Christians are down with the anti-homosexual teachings. But seriously, either we take a hard look at the religious beliefs of ALL candidates (and how they could be harmful to one group of Americans or another), or we simply look at the candidates’ records and judge them accordingly. Romney may or may not be the best candidate for presidency, but is there really any reason to believe he is a racist or that he would enforce racist policies? If so, let’s talk about that. But once you start picking apart his religion, then you ought take a long, hard look at your own spiritual texts and see if you need to issue any apologies yourself.