“I’m running for political office, not church office. I suggest you go to official sources if you have doctrinal questions.”
I’d have to agree with Occams, here. That answer is evasive.
The questions weren’t meant as a test of his knowledge of LDS doctrine. It’s legitimate to ask whether he believes these things.
Does he believe Jesus and Satan are brothers? That their father lives on a planet, named Kobol, that’s actually located physically out in space somewhere? That he’ll one day be a god presiding over his own planet?
You know that there are elements of LDS doctrine that non-believers consider weird, and it’s legitimate to ask whether Romney believes these things.
These days, relatively few American Catholics believe in a literal transubstantiation (though I’m sure Santorum does) — wouldn’t it be fair to ask a Catholic candidate whether he believed that bread and wine literally turned into flesh and blood when the priest says the magic words each Sunday?
wouldn’t it be fair to ask a Catholic candidate whether he believed that bread and wine literally turned into flesh and blood when the priest says the magic words each Sunday?
Fair to ask, but 0% crazy to avoid answering – and to get really annoyed.
If those asking the questions (including you) have serious concerns, then take serious truth-finding steps. No, I don’t mean read the candidates diary to discover what they believe on the subjects most different from what you believe. I mean put forward a valid and pertinent hypothesis and test it. For example, “Devout Mormons in military command positions accomplish their missions at a lower frequency.” Or, “Devout mormons in public office make a higher number of unprecedented decisions.” You know, something that actually proves these fears of yours have any merit.
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