Friday, July 20, 2012

Presidential religions- Should that really matter?

With all the hoopla of the upcoming presidential election, one thing can be said for certain, we will either have a black man in the White House again, or a Mormon in there.  Both of the men have things I dislike about them, but Mitt Romney seems to be the lesser of two evils for this witch.  While doing some reading, I found an article about how the Mormons feel about Romney potentially being commander-in-chief.  One of the women states something that I have felt for a long time, yet I wonder about her sincerity, 

           "Melanie Mickelson-Graham teaches a 
            gospel doctrine class at a local church, 
           where her husband volunteers as the 
           bishop.  "The tendency of some people
           to not vote for Mitt Romney simply 
           because he's a Mormon does a disservice 
           to themselves, " says Mickelson-Graham, 
           who is 32, a moderate Republican, and 
           an energy consultant."You can't rule 
           somebody out simply because of their 
           religious beliefs."

Now I wonder what she would say if the person campaigning were to identify themselves as a witch, Wiccan, pagan, Satanist, or some other non-mainstream religion.  I am aware that Mormon is not what most would consider a mainstream religion, but is is not one that causes people to think of orgies, sacrificing little children or animals, and black magic.

I, for one, feel that a person's religious beliefs should not be a major consideration for political office.  I do realize that many decisions made by politicians are guided (dictated??) by their beliefs; however, I am of the mind that a politician is there to serve his or her constituency, not a personal agenda.  I know, I know, that is being ridiculously na├»ve,  but that is the way I feel.

There is also the issue that many point out that there should be a separation of church and state.  If that is so, then why so we have the need to know what church a candidate attends (or does not attend)?  Is someone who goes every Sunday to a building and listens to one man preach the word of god any better than someone who goes into nature on the Sabbats and calls upon the goddess/god?

For my part, I do not care what you do as long as you have the best interest of the nation at heart and base your decisions on sound thinking and counsel from your advisers.

 Reference
Meek, M. &. (2012). Road Trip: Mormon-in-chief? Latter-day Saints talk about what a President Romney would mean to them. Retrieved from Yahoo! News-The Ticket: http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/ticket/road-trip-mormon-chief-latter-day-saints-talk-112251045.html


2 comments:

  1. I grew up with fundamentalist Christians pounding into people to vote republican or else they were going to hell. Same people dislike Mormons as well. I am just really looking forward to the reaction from evangelicals as this elections unfold. My guess is that they will mostly keep silent.

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  2. Our current chancellor (a woman) is head of the Christian Democratic Union, and although she is doing a not too bad job, her party is the main reason why I would never vote for her - I think that state and church belong separated, plus their agenda often holds conservative Christian beliefs that do not mix well, in my opinion, with modern societies (such as paying women to stay home and care for their children instead of giving them to daycare and working).

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