June 25, 2012

Acceptable bigotry

Justin Frank in Time magazine makes the "case" that it's OK to be bigoted against Mormons. Obviously, the target is Mitt Romney:

But this pattern of lying and not acknowledging it, even when confronted directly, has persisted and led me to look for other sources of Romney’s behavior and of his clear comfort with continuing it. I think much of this comfort stems from his Mormon faith.

I found myself discussing this situation with several colleagues, and we agreed that Romney doesn’t lie. Let me repeat: Mitt Romney doesn’t lie. He is telling the truth as he sees it — and truth it is, the facts notwithstanding. This is not simply a case of Hamlet arguing about point of view, saying, “For there is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.” This is about a conflict between evidence and faith. There is a long tradition in the Mormon belief system in which evidence takes second place to faith.

Why does this seem like it could have been written in 1960 in reference to John F. Kennedy and his Catholicism? I thought we overcame such nonsense? Nevertheless, I wonder if Frank could have gotten this published had "Mormon" been replaced with "Jewish," "Muslim," or even a race/ethnicity like "black" or "Hispanic." Chee-yeah, right.

Also, on what would Frank blame Obama's penchant for lying? Sitting in the pews of Jeremiah Wright's church for twenty years, perhaps? Why not?

Posted by Hube at June 25, 2012 10:27 AM | TrackBack

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