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.
I think any Catholic who was asked publicly whether he believed in transubstiation would have to answer yes or claim that he was no longer a Catholic. Otherwise he would be disowned by the church and most other Catholics. This is abelief that has been around for most of the last 2000 years and is held by hundreds of millions of people around the world, so it is not so unusual as to be considered dangerously crazy. It is much older than protestantism. It seems weird, even crazy, to non believers, (confirming my earlier statements), and even the RC church considers it a miracle. However, it can hardly be said to be a dangerous belief for a President.
I think the Catholic could admit to it without suffering political harm. JFK certainly would have. I also think Romney should simply admit to the core beliefs of Mormonism. That is what he is. Take it or leave it. He would probably be accepted by the majority, even if he endorsed each one of the core set of Mormon beliefs. At most you could say he is vulnerable to being conned by false prophets, which is not very Presidential. Sarah Palin’s apolyptic beliefs are far more dangerous but she almosat got away with them, until she was brought down by her other manifest inadequacies which made here religious beliefs seem trivial.
If those asking the questions (including you) have serious concerns, then take serious truth-finding steps.
I actually don’t have serious concerns. I don’t think he can actually win, and I think that he’s the best the Republicans have on offer at the moment even if he did have a chance.
Of course, the conservative side of the aisle repeatedly insisted that Bill Clinton’s marital infidelity was somehow material in judging his worth as President. It seems to me that these beliefs in the ridiculous are just as indicative of the man’s “character”, and if the Clinton witch hunt was at all justified, then so are these questions.
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