Imagine, in 2012, electing someone that holds insanely racist core beliefs, which no one can ask him about, because they are deemed “religious”…
“In 2005, the Intelligence Report published the following statements made by Warren Jeffs, President of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints:
“The black race is the people through which the devil has always been able to bring evil unto the earth.”
“[Cain was] cursed with a black skin and he is the father of the Negro people. He has great power, can appear and disappear. He is used by the devil, as a mortal man, to do great evils.”
“Today you can see a black man with a white woman, et cetera. A great evil has happened on this land because the devil knows that if all the people have Negro blood, there will be nobody worthy to have the priesthood.”
“If you marry a person who has connections with a Negro, you would become cursed.””
See: Black people in Mormon doctrine: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_people_in_Mormon_doctrine
One thing I’ve tried to avoid during this Presidential election is holding Romney’s Mormonism against him. Everyone who’s ever run for President has been connected to a church in some way, and churches and religions virtually universally have a ton of dipshit beliefs not shared by all of its congregants.
Romney has chosen not to make his Mormonism a political issue. Whether it’s out of political expediency or because he truly believes it has no place in politics, I don’t know. Given his lavish support of the Mormon church, his disingenuous nature, and his Mormon magic underwear, I would strongly suspect the former, however.
Romney brings such problems on himself, by not pledging to keep his faith separate from his religion, as John F. Kennedy did with his relation to the Catholic church in the 1950s and 60s. Expecting a pledge of this nature is not unreasonable; indeed, we might have the right to expect it. It is, after all, enshrined in the Constitution as the 1st Amendment, at least as the Amendment was intended to be interpreted.
I suspect that Romney stays away from discussing his religion, not because he believes his religion won’t affect how he governs, but because he knows that most of the nation considers Mormonism to be a strange “other” religion. He knows that his is an Achilles heal, and he does his best encourage people to ignore it.
This comment has been entirely speculative, but I’ll still finish by saying that, if it is shown that Mitt Romney shares the views of Warren Jeffs, it would not in the least surprise me.