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Posted: Sunday, February 5, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 9:38 am, Fri Nov 16, 2012.

Because the faith of presidential candidate Mitt Romney is an issue, The Press has devoted many column inches to debate and discussion of his faith, particularly compared to other beliefs. And we're prepared to devote a little more, although readers are increasingly telling us this topic has run its course and it's about time to turn back to issues rather than theological arguments.

While some of you have very strong feelings about whether or not members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are actually Christians, our view is, why does that matter? When it comes to a presidential election, we're far less concerned with where a candidate spends his Sundays than what he does with the other six days of the week.

Most religions hold critically important beliefs in common, like living honestly, helping others, and making the choices, big and small, that we know are right. Rather than debate the particular branch of Christianity that Mormons might or might not occupy, think about the Mormons you know and the lives they live.

Those we know are respectful of others and reach out to assist those in need.

The Mormons we know work hard. They're fair. They're honest.

The Mormons we know place tremendous value on raising healthy families, and part of that package is ensuring family members receive the best education possible. They strive for excellence - academically, athletically, emotionally and spiritually.

The Mormons we know are patriotic. They're active citizens. They vote; they also get elected. Where public service is needed, they are there.

The Mormons we know are also imperfect. One endearing characteristic is they know this, and they don't pretend otherwise.

If one were to judge an entire faith strictly by observing the practicing members of that faith, the Mormons we know would have little trouble holding up under such scrutiny. Whether or not we agree with their beliefs is irrelevant. We believe in their actions.

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  • inclined posted at 2:22 am on Fri, Feb 24, 2012.

    inclined Posts: 682

    "Everyones ethic/religion matters or none of them do" DeNiles. We just lost a friend to cancer. I just read an article from Mayo Clinic, on 11 alternatives to treating cancers. Do all of these 11 matter, or none of them do? In the very most difficult of these cancers like our friend had, do all of the cures matter or none of them do? And as an analogy, what would be important to know is, that most religions in the world do not deal with a fatal issue, a lethal and infinitely grave issue, like cancer is to the body, and it's relation to a cure

    And about that fatal issue. We were introduced to a physician some years ago, a very promising and busy X ray guy. This is a doctor now, and a Radiologist. He would not wear his apron consistently. He did not feel the effects, and contrary to what would seem so conclusive an evidence, he killed himself. Is it possible to say there were 11 alternatives to his living and working with Radiology, and all of them mattered or none of them did?

    You know, I'm sure, of the many attempts at curing or obstructing cancer, they often excise it, cut it out. Other treatments bring a person near death, radical and most agonizing, but the best in the world at helping don't say, there are 11 alternative treatments that matter, or none of them do?

     
  • DeNiles posted at 3:41 pm on Mon, Feb 6, 2012.

    DeNiles Posts: 2450

    In the greater sense it appears as though spaghetti guy and I agree. If the 'religion' issue is raised then it should be theism and/or atheism and not any particular politician's beliefs. It is as biased to debate strictly about Romneys' 'religion' and not that of his Democratic opponent as it is to deign the belief systems of Druids and whatever deity spit-gheti-man embraces. Everyones ethic/religion matters or none of them do.

     
  • Humanist posted at 10:12 am on Mon, Feb 6, 2012.

    Humanist Posts: 2997

    Quote Mike Patrick: "Most religions hold critically important beliefs in common, like living honestly, helping others, and making the choices, big and small, that we know are right. "

    Don't forget the non-religions that share the same critically important beliefs.

    Maybe the controversy the candidates individual religion is sparking will cause more people to understand how important secularism is in our common government and political decision making processes......

     
  • fiepie posted at 5:51 pm on Sun, Feb 5, 2012.

    fiepie Posts: 2811

    I would have to agree with the editor that religion...as long as it is not being nominated for a national religion...should not wiegh in regards to a candidate running for office.
    I would think the reason "Mormonism" is getting such coverage versus Pres. Obama's is that more folks have written letters in regards to the Mormon position.
    And I wouldn't call what has appeared in the paper as a "char grill" just some differences of opinion or belief.

     
  • DeNiles posted at 7:54 am on Sun, Feb 5, 2012.

    DeNiles Posts: 2450

    Odd... When Obama was a candidate in 2008 his religion and his church were also found to be the subject of controversy and I do not recall 'inches upon inches' of CdA Press coverage about Obama religious tribulations. Why the difference? Why is Romney's Mormonism of greater interest to the Press than Obama's 'revivalist hate America theology'? It looks to me like some candidates get 'free passes' while others get '3rd degree char grilled' when it comes to their religious affiliations.

     
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