I don’t think so. The media will make no effort to consider correct LDS doctrine when it frames its questions. On the contrary, it will formulate them in the most bizzare manner possible. They will assume (correctly) that the public is not interested in hearing correct LDS doctrine. They tried to make a muslim our of Obama and they will try to make a religious fool out of Romney. The media often asks questions on a 0 level of craziness.
Mine are not doctrinal questions. They are questions that are trying to discover if the new President believes weird stuff. For example if he believes that becoming a god is possible then perhaps he will come to believe that he has made it now that he is one of the most powerful people in the world. We do really need to know if the finger on the trigger is governerned by a sane rational mind. People in other countries having different faiths may be concerned that he intends to punish them. Every new policy that he is involved in will be scrutinised for Mormon encroachment.
Personally, I would be more concerned if he came from one of those fundamentalist Christian groups like (S Palin’s) that looks forward eagerly to the “end times”, but I presume that LDS is not so far towards the dangerously crazy end of the spectrum. Other Americans will not be so sure, He, and you, can look forward to him being probed on every aspect of his religious beliefs. LDS dogma and doctrine will come under an intense global spotlight. I wonder if it can stand up to that without wilting.
First, don’t say all. It makes it too easy to dismiss your whole argument.
I stand by that. Can you name one religious tradition that doed not have elements to its beliefs that are so improbable as to deserve to be called "crazy"by a non believer – I can’t (unless you consider athiesm as a religion). I think that if you were not a devout Mormon you would understand this better. Consider how a Chinese peasant, or a North Korean general, who has never heard of LDS will think when some of the new President’s beliefs are explained to him.
Yes, I agree the media will ask some ill-informed questions (as you did), but that won’t change Romney’s answer, imo – nor would it change mine if I were running for political office.
You (and the media) can choose to be paranoid and/or inflamatory. You can choose to make decisions that don’t consider the record in business and elected office of all others sharing Romney’s faith. You can choose to ignore the volumes of credible and official doctrine at your fingertips. None of that, however, is a good reason for Romney to turn himself into a religious spokesperson.
He, and you, can look forward to him being probed on every aspect of his religious beliefs. LDS dogma and doctrine will come under an intense global spotlight. I wonder if it can stand up to that without wilting.
I wonder how many will choose to persist in their misconceptions even after seeing what the spotlight reveals.
Can you name one religious tradition that doed not have elements to its beliefs that are so improbable as to deserve to be called "crazy"by a non believer
I find it hard to believe you’re really asking this, but I’ll indulge you: Love your neighbor as yourself.
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