But I am equally certain that candidates whose heads are firmly locked into the far side of that line, do not belong anywhere near the Oval Office, much less sitting in the President's chair.
That's why I'm doing this. I may regret it. But I'd regret even more waking up on the third Wednesday this November to discover we have a man in the Oval Office who believes things, at the very core of his being, that are provably untrue, phantasmagorical in the extreme, homophobic and misogynistic and authoritarian. Who firmly believes in entire civilizations that never existed and that a 150-years ago convicted conman and womanizer was shown the "real truth" by looking through a "seer stone," a rock with hole in it.
The Mormon Church had, until the rise of the Internet, been successful in keeping their flock sheltered from the many scholarly critiques of their faith. Since about 2003 the LDS Church has seen it's membership rolls shrink as more and more Mormons hear what the scientific world has to say about the Mormon version of everything form creation to mythical civilizations abroad and here, civilizations for which not a shred of archeological evidence exists.
It is not my goal is not to indoctrinate anyone or convince any happy Mormon into renouncing their faith. I just want to try and balance the conversation and information flow. And, since a high-ranking member of the Mormon faith has gotten himself in line to run our country, Mormons need to understand not everyone out here thinks they exactly have a handle on reality.
In recent days,. the Romney campaign has decided that their candidate might be able to duck out on talking about his taxes, but that he can no longer do so on his Mormon faith. So in the weeks ahead you will be getting a snoot full of the "Donny and Marie Osmond" version of Mormonism. It will brim with smiling Stepford wives, preppy small business-running husbands, happy, well-adjusted children with white smiles, and -- well, all things wholesome. It's an image the LDS church as honed and honed well.. sort of Norman Rockwell, in The Twilight Zone.
In the weeks left before November I will pull the Mormon Curtain back and try to provide a peek at the Mormon Church's innards, where, I believe, you will learn things that will cause you concern. In this endeavor I will make every effort to accurate, as I have been throughout my journalism career. And, when I am not, or someone feels I have strayed from that goal, let me know and I'll happily post any coherent rebuttal.
In the end, it's for you to decide. I am simply offering you the opportunity to learn more about Mormon Bishop, Willard "Mitt" Romney.At least then you can go into to polling booth this November with all the facts, not just campaign PR puffery on which to decide.
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