So much for the supposed separation of church and state. As I flipped through Sunday’s Toledo Blade newspaper two full-page ads stunned me. First was a repeat of an earlier ad featuring a large photo of Billy Graham with his not-so subtle message to Christians about voting, suggesting that ‘biblical principles’ ought to be their guide in the voting booth. Those ‘principles’ naturally are listed in the 2012 GOP platform. Parents stoning a lying child, however, gains a bye.
Then there was the gray-on-white full-page, anti-Obama ad paid for by Ohio Right to Life: HE FORCED CATHOLICS TO PAY FOR ABORTIONS. This is in addition to the yard signs scattered on the lawns of Catholics that cry, ‘Religious Freedom.’
For years now the GOP has conservative Christians on a tight leash, barking out voting mandates to the sheep. Baaa.
This year’s GOP nominee, interestingly, has been a lifelong Mormon whose beliefs stem way back [or not so far back] to the ‘discovery’ in 1827 of golden plates ‘buried’ in a hill near Rochester, New York. Oddly, the ‘writings’ on the plates were in a strange and untranslatable language. Luckily, a nearby angel, Moroni, acted as translator. When he was alive 2500 years ago, Moroni buried them there in the hills of Rochester, hoping that somebody would stumble upon them. As luck would have it, Joseph Smith tripped over one of them projecting a few inches above the dirt. Rather than selling them to a gold dealer or to an antiquities collector, he gave them back to the angel after the translation who whisked them off into Heaven.
Yes, I know what you are thinking, but consider this: it appears that racial bigotry is a much stronger visceral emotion than religious tolerance. In fact, a recent AP poll released October 28, found that racial prejudice has increased since 2008. Today, 51 percent of Americans now express explicit anti-black attitudes, compared with 48 percent in a similar 2008 survey. ” When measured by an implicit racial attitudes test, the number of Americans with anti-black sentiments jumped to 56 percent, up from 49 percent during the last presidential election.”
Racial intolerance trumps religious intolerance.
There you have it: conservative Christians will choose a white Mormon over a black traditional Christian.