Saturday, June 02, 2007

Annals of religious bigotry, 2007, pt. 1

Everyone remembers--or maybe you don't, if you were born yesterday--the jokes and warnings circulating about a vote for John F. Kennedy for President. Kennedy was Catholic, therefore it was assumed in some quarters that he would be working for the Pope rather than the American people. "Join the church of your choice, while there is still time," said one wag, probably only half in jest. My personal favorite had the Kennedy family collecting bowling balls from all the primary states to fashion into a Rosary for the Statue of Liberty, which would subsequently be renamed "Our Lady of the Harbor."

But the Kennedy bashers of yore had nothing on this year's critics of Mitt Romney, the first serious LDS candidate for President(his father, George, ran back in the day and was considered an attractive candidate until he declared he was "brainwashed" about the Vietnam War--bad mistake). Exhibit A is Florida-based internet evangelist Bill Keller, who pulled no punches this week in warning his cyberflock that a "vote for Romney is a vote for Satan!"

Now don't you mince words, Reverend Keller!

You can read the whole story, and Keller's weak attempts to explain he didn't really say what he said, here.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well personally I think the Mormon take on religion is ... well, wacky at best. But Satan? I'd say that is pushing it a bit far. Good grief, Romney is bending over backwards to be a friend to the conservatives. And it's not going to work?

5:13 PM  
Blogger TomCat said...

Keller's statement violates the establishment clause. It also violates his ministry's 501(c)(3) requirements. Therefore, his tax exempt status should be revoked. God knows I'm no fan of Mitt Romney, but I am ethicly obligated to defend even enemies when their rights are violated.

4:35 PM  

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