If conservaties don't vet Romney's religion, liberals will.
Will Mainstream Media ask Romney why Mormons Baptized Jesus?
In the last presidential campaign, the peek inside Obama's church came courtesy of the Trinity United Church of Christ's DVDs. They revealed an anti-Semitic pastor whose brand of Christianity was rightly questioned. In 2012, the peek inside Mitt Romney's church will come courtesy of people like Helen Radkey, a former Mormon herself who has uncovered the names of individuals who have been posthumously baptized as Mormons. The mainstream media has already reported on Anne Frank being baptized nine times.
There are many, many more.
In 2008, conservative media pundits declared the death of journalism, in part, because the mainstream media outlets wouldn't vet Barack Obama's Church, its pastor Jeremiah Wright, or Black Liberation Theology in general. Today, those same conservative media pundits don't seem to be aware that the mainstream media will vet and smear Mitt Romney's religion if he is the nominee. MSNBC, CNN, and the New York Times – among others – have already sent up trial balloons.
If conservatives thought the mainstream media should have questioned Obama's brand of Christianity, aren't liberal pundits likely to outwardly question why those conservatives aren't questioning Romney's brand? After all, according to Radkey's findings, the man whom Christians believe is the Son of the Living God, who rose from the dead and now sits at the right hand of the Father, has been baptized multiple times by Mormons, as recently as 2010.
According to Radkey:
LDS Church officials have publicly stated that the New FamilySearch program is a technological deterrent to improper submissions. Yet—under their very noses—on Temple Square in Salt Lake City, Jesus Christ—under a false name—two millennia after his birth, was offered Mormon salvation and an erroneous eternal marriage sealing.Red County has the hyperlinks if you'd like evidence of these things.
Sometime late in the day on May 27, 2010, the individual entries for “Jesus Cristian” and “Maria Magdelena” were scrubbed from New FamilySearch—concealing the evidence that LDS rites had recently been performed for these two names in the Salt Lake Temple. The sudden disappearance of these records is a strong indication that “Jesus Cristian” and “Maria Magdelena” represent Jesus Christ and Mary Magdalene.
The conservative pundits in 2008 begged the mainstream media to see the relevance of Obama's relationship with Wright. Odds are very good that if Romney gets the nomination, those same conservatives will cry foul when the mainstream media questions his Christian bonafides by pointing to the multiple Mormon baptisms of Jesus.
I can hear it now...
Wolf Blitzer: Governor Romney, many have raised concerns about the overwhelming number of deceased non-Mormons who have been posthumously baptized into the Mormon faith. Are you concerned about having to explain to evangelical voters why your church has multiple records of your members baptizing Jesus, like the ones I'm holding in my hand?
Mitt Romney: Wolf, those baptisms are the work of rogue members who have axes to grind against the church. Those things certainly don't represent my beliefs or the beliefs of the Mormon Church.
Blizter: How about the baptisms of Adolf Hitler, Ted Bundy, Anne Frank, and at least one of the 9/11 hijackers, as well as hundreds of thousands of Holocaust victims? Isn't that going to hurt you among Jewish voters?
Romney: Wolf, again...
Blitzer: Aren't you a Mormon leader who presides over multiple Mormon churches? Have these people been disciplined or excommunicated? Do you know? Why do these records indicate that Jesus was married to Mary Magdalene? Do you believe that? Are you willing to denounce the Mormon church over this?
Romney: Wolf, let me just say that...
Blitzer: When did you stop beating your wife?
Romney: Uh, what?
Blitzer: Thanks for joining us, Governor. Good luck in the campaign.
Yes, I exaggerated to illustrate a point; the mainstream media is an entity that is overtly working toward Obama's reelection and knows this is a weakness for Romney.
In a New York Times article on Romney last fall, his leadership in the Mormon church was a central focus.
According to the Times, Romney was a prominent leader from 1981 through 1994 and served as the equivalent of a bishop over a Catholic diocese.
Here is an excerpt from that article:
Mr. Romney declined to be interviewed for this article. Facing a primary electorate in which Christian conservatives are a powerful force, he is trying to keep his religion from becoming a barrier to his election. When his faith has become an issue — a Texas pastor supporting a rival candidate recently proclaimed Mormonism “a cult” — Mr. Romney has not offered a full-throated defense, but instead called for civility.
A couple of months later, while appearing on the O'Reilly Factor, Romney was asked by the Fox News host if he would call Obama a socialist. Romney refused to do so. Earlier this month, Romney insisted that he would not “say outrageous things about the president.”
Perhaps this provides a look into why Romney is more than willing to attack his Republican counterparts but not Obama. He knows they won't go after him about his religion. What he doesn't seem to know is that the Obama media will and it doesn't matter how civil Romney is. In fact, the left sees civility as weakness.
Romney appears to be counting on the Obama media playing nice if he does. That is a losing strategy.
Just ask John McCain.
Then again, he's endorsed Romney so he still doesn't get it.