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The anti-Mormon PR campaign and apologizing for religion

March 12, 2012

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.

One Comment leave one →
  1. Jack Wirtz permalink
    March 12, 2012 8:09 pm

    Missed you, welcome back,

    The reality is that everyone has a worldview; lenses, if you will, thru which they see the world and from which the world sees them. And, that worldview is the nature and the character the person. It is the charlatans who must be discovered and exposed.

    A good Mormon is working his way to heaven, and if they are still true to their faith have not a single member on welfare. They are not Christian, but in every sense of the word live better lives than almost all who call themselves Christian, but of a “Jack” Mormon, beware for government is the art of compromise.

    Another reality is that a democratic society has the right of the majority of the electors to elect whomever they want and to establish, by law, the mores of the nation; (read, what is the acceptable behavior in their society). Democracy’s survival, however, is dependent upon the peaceful acquiescence of the minority, and failing that, less the majority compromise, democracy will fail. Remember prohibition failed because the majority rejected it.

    As we have written before: one may freely call themselves Christian without owning the slightest hint of a disciple of Christ for the only Judge awaits HIS appointed time.

    The disciples of Christ are a’political, respecters of the law the land, whatever the form of government as long as government does not impose itself against their obedience to GOD.

    Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from GOD, and those that exist have been instituted by GOD (Romans 13:1), but we will not deny Christ as our Lord, even unto death. (See Acts 4:18-20)

    Jesus raised no army against Rome, nor did His disciples, and these self declared Christians who would impose their faith upon a nation knows not GOD and HIS Christ.

    Suffer hardship with me, as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No soldier in active service entangles himself in the affairs of everyday life, so that he may please the one who enlisted him as a soldier. (2 Timothy 2:3-4)

    The final reality is the greater is the darkness of the moral corruption the brighter the light of the disciples of Christ.

    Blessed they who are persecuted on account of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of the heavens. Blessed are ye when they may reproach and persecute you, and say every wicked thing against you, lying, for My sake. Rejoice and exult, for your reward is great in the heavens; for thus have they persecuted the prophets who were before you… Ye are the light of the world: a city situated on the top of a mountain cannot be hid. Nor do [men] light a lamp and put it under the bushel, but upon the lamp-stand, and it shines for all who are in the house. Let your light thus shine before men, so that they may see your upright works, and glorify your FATHER who is in the heavens. (Matthew 5:10-16)

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