It never even crosses their minds to bring something like this up, since they are grossly incurious about what religious believers actually believe. Can you imagine someone at any of the major networks ever raising this question to Romney, or tweeting back to him?
This is why, even though I believe that Jeffress is a clown, I find myself coming to his defense on this matter. You would not have been able to get Catholic or Orthodox clergy to do so, out of solidarity with Arab Catholics and Arab Orthodox. How can he call Jeffress a religious bigot without also condemning himself and his fellow Mormons by the same logic? Nor do I think Romney is.
Most religions are not universalist, in the sense that they preach that all faiths are equally valid ways to God. This is not news! Do we really want to hold that clergy who pray at public events Christian, Jewish, Muslim must first denounce the exclusivist teachings of their faith before being allowed to pray? Romney's popularity has grown since his campaign for President of the United States. Throughout his business, Olympics, and political career, Romney's instinct has been to apply the "Bain way" towards problems.
One was a series of concepts for approaching tough problems and a problem-solving methodology; the other was an enormous respect for data, analysis, and debate.
Pile the budgets on my desk and let me wallow. He makes decisions based on researching data more deeply than anyone I know. Romney's technocratic instincts have thus always been with him; in his public appearances during the gubernatorial campaign he sometimes gave PowerPoint presentations rather than conventional speeches. During , The New York Times described Romney's persona as facts-driven, cautious, formal, socially stiff, and "spare with his emotions.
Romney's choice of words and manner of speaking has also drawn attention. His use of words such as "guffaw", "brickbats", "dickens", "smitten" and "the big house", exclamations like "gosh", "golly", "darn" and "heck" and the qualifier "if you will" led to The New York Times saying that he "can sometimes seem like an editor in chief, employing a language all his own. It is polite, formal and at times anachronistic, linguistically setting apart a man who frequently struggles to sell himself to the American electorate.
People magazine included Romney in its 50 Most Beautiful People list for A narrative has held Romney to be an out-of-touch multi-millionaire who cannot relate to middle-class America. For much of his business career, Romney did not take public political stances. In the Senate race, Romney aligned himself with Republican Massachusetts Governor William Weld , saying "I think Bill Weld's fiscal conservatism, his focus on creating jobs and employment and his efforts to fight discrimination and assure civil rights for all is a model that I identify with and aspire to.
As a gubernatorial candidate in , and then initially as Governor of Massachusetts, he generally operated in the mold established by Weld and followed by Weld's two other Republican successors, Paul Cellucci and Jane Swift: restrain spending and taxing, be tolerant or permissive on social issues, protect the environment, be tough on crime, try to appear post-partisan. Late during his term as governor, he shifted positions and emphases to better align with traditional conservatives on social issues.
Journalist Daniel Gross sees Romney as approaching politics in the same terms as a business competing in markets, in that successful executives do not hold firm to public stances over long periods of time, but rather constantly devise new strategies and plans to deal with new geographical regions and ever-changing market conditions. In governance, this was a virtue; in a political race, it was an invitation to be called a phony. Romney's religious background has been extensively covered by the mainstream media, especially in connection with his and presidential campaigns. In addition to missionary work in France in the s, under the tutelage of Wesley L.
Pipes, Romney has served as a bishop and a stake president in his church. Also in accordance to his religious beliefs, Romney abstains from alcohol and smoking. Romney's great-great-grandfather, Parley P. Pratt , was among the first leaders of the Latter Day Saint movement in the early 19th century. Marion G. Romney , his first cousin, once removed, was one of the church's twelve apostles. Romney's paternal great-grandparents practiced plural marriage , and went to Mexico in , after the U.
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Supreme Court decision in Reynolds v. United States that upheld laws banning polygamy. Romney , was a patriarch in the LDS Church. Romney's wife, Ann, converted to Mormonism before they were married in Romney has expressed his faith in Jesus Christ as his "Lord and Savior" openly to evangelical Christian groups.
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Bush Presidential Library , with an introduction by George H. The speech, which was widely regarded as evoking that of Senator John F. Kennedy 's September pledge not to allow Catholic doctrine to inform policy , discussed the role of religion in American society and politics. While the speech was perceived as a response to Huckabee's mercurial rise in the polls in late November within first caucusing Iowa, soon to cast ballots on January 3 in which likely caucus goers were deemed to be over percent evangelical , with commentators opining that Romney hoped it would effectively answer the media's longtime pre-occupation with the hurdle manifested by Romney's faith, Romney's campaign billed the speech as extolling American freedom of worship while helping to satisfy public curiosity about how Romney's strain of religious devotion would inform presidential governance.
After the speech was delivered, Romney's advisors told reporters, off the record, that Romney had said that through this speech he wanted to address his "comma problem": the common practice to put next to his name in media reports, " comma who is a Mormon comma. Romney's speech gave primacy to the American Constitutional right of religious liberty, which produces cultural diversity and vibrancy of dialog.
He called for public acknowledgments of God such as within Holidays religious displays. Romney said, "Freedom requires religion just as religion requires freedom. Romney advocated maintenance of a separation of Church and State, stating that he, as president, would decline directives from churches' hierarchies, including that of the LDS church.
Romney said while there are those who would prefer he indicated he holds his LDS faith merely as a tradition, actually he believes in his faith and tries to live according to its teachings, and while sacraments and confession of Romney's "church's beliefs about Christ may not all be the same as those of other faiths," he still holds Christ "the Son of God and Savior of mankind.
Romney wrote the speech himself. However, there are conflicting accounts as to whether King was present at this march. In an interview with Newsweek, Romney said, "I don't think I defined religious liberty The people who don't have a particular faith have a personal conviction. I said all forms of personal conviction.
And personal conviction includes a sense of right and wrong and any host of beliefs someone might have. Obviously in this nation our religious liberty includes the ability to believe or not believe. Contrasting media coverage, Mormonism was not an issue in his father's presidential campaign in Possible reasons include: he dropped out before it could become one, the candidacy of John F. Kennedy a Catholic had neutralized the religion issue, and religion generally was not a major stump issue. You know, I just don't believe that people in this country are going to choose their, their, candidate based on which church he or she goes to.
I just don't believe that. And you know, polls ask people a lot of questions, and my faith isn't terribly well-known around this country, but I don't think for a minute the American people are going to say, 'You know what, we're not going to vote for this guy for a secular position because of his church. I think when the Constitution and the founders said no religious test shall ever be required for qualification for office or public trust in these United States that the founders meant just that. And I don't believe for a minute that Republicans, or Americans for that matter, are going to impose a religious test when the founders said it's as un-American as anything you can think of.
And so I believe that I'll ultimately get the nomination. I can't be sure of that, but I'm, I'm, pretty confident. And I believe in a head-to-head with Hillary Clinton the differences in our perspectives on how to get America going again and how to get us on the right track are as different as night and day. She takes her inspiration from the Europe of old, Big Brother, big government and big taxes. I take mine from Republican ideals: small government, small taxes, individual freedom. I believe that free American people are the source of America's greatness.
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And so I don't think you're going to see religion figuring into this race after people have had a chance to get to know all the candidates. Romney's "Faith in America" speech , delivered in December , addressed the matter. Kennedy's famous speech during his presidential campaign in saying "I will put no doctrine of any church above the plain duties of the office and the sovereign authority of the law.
Freedom and religion endure together, or perish alone. One academic study, based upon research conducted throughout the primaries, showed a widespread lack of knowledge among voters about Mormonism that tended to be resistant to factual information that would correct mistaken notions about the religion. The bias against a Mormon candidate is substantial. The June 13, , issue of Newsweek magazine featured a Romney-themed cover based on the popular Book of Mormon Broadway musical, and dubbed the summer of "The Mormon Moment".
Romney's foreign policy views are rooted in the belief in American exceptionalism and the need to preserve American supremacy in the world. In polls of Republican voters taken during the presidential primaries a quarter of Republican voters expressed that they would be "less likely" to vote for a presidential candidate who is Mormon. Constitution prohibits religious tests for public office. A president must serve only the common cause of the people of the United States. Mitt Romney was the third U. The first of these three was Romney's own father, George W. George Romney, while Governor of Michigan , ran for president in as a popular alternative to Richard M.
Nixon for the Republican nomination. The second was Mo Udall , the liberal Arizona congressman. He gained considerable support throughout the primary race as a rival to Jimmy Carter , who campaigned as a devout evangelical. During the latter part of Udall's campaign, Udall faced criticism from black activists concerning the fact that the church stated as Udall's religious affiliation, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, barred blacks from holding its lay priesthood.
This policy was changed in In response to this criticism, Udall withdrew nominal affiliation with the denomination in Differing from Udall, Mitt Romney is a social conservative. Paralleling Udall's rivalry with the outspokenly evangelical candidate Jimmy Carter, one of Romney's chief rivals in was also a self-professing evangelical and former Southern governor, Mike Huckabee.
Romney is a proponent of contemporary monogamous , heterosexual marriage: . There is nothing more awful, in my view, than the violation of the marriage covenant that one has with one's wife. The practice of polygamy is abhorrent, it's awful, and it drives me nuts that people who are polygamists keep pretending to use the umbrella of my church.
My church abhors it, it excommunicates people who practice it, and it's got nothing to do with my faith. The question of whether Mormons are considered "Christians" remains a sensitive issue, with possible political implications. I'm not a spokesman for my church, and one thing I'm not going to do in running for president is become a spokesman for my church or apply a religious test that is simply forbidden by the Constitution, I'm not going there. If you want to learn about my church, talk to my church.