Wow, Mormons are not Christian? Now that's news! Thanks Ainsley, but you couldn't be more wrong.
According to the website Mediaite:
In a discussion on the possible run of Texas governor Rick Perry, the cast of Fox & Friends speculated this morning that he had a strong chance of raising big money among Christians, as the current presumptive frontrunner, Mitt Romney, is “obviously not a Christian.”
Romney, of course, is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, a Christian-sounding religious organization if there ever was one. But the comment was made in the context of fundraising– as popular as Gov. Perry may be among as certain sector of Republicans, host Dave Briggs suggested that Perry would have a serious problem keeping up with Romney in the fundraising department.
After a look at poll numbers that seemed to shoot down the Fox & Friends suggestion that Perry was popular, the hosts noted that the numbers at this stage of the race were negligible, especially given that Perry isn’t running yet. If he does run, however, whether he can generate money is an entirely different problem than whether he can generate votes.
“There are a lot of people who think he can’t [keep up financially],” added co-host Clayton Morris of Perry in relation to Romney. Co-host Ainsley Earhardt, however, threw Perry a lifesaver.
“Well, the Christian Coalition, I think he can get a lot from that,” she explained, “with Romney obviously not being a Christian”– a comment that garnered a muffled grunt of agreement or two. In contrast, Earhardt added, Perry “is always on talk shows, on Christian talk shows, he has days of prayer in Texas.”
So an obvious question or two comes right away to my mind.
Is Earhardt intentionally mis-leading or injecting her own religious biases into a national news story?
Or is she just inadequately informed and prepared to handle such a position of responsibility (in other words is she just stupid)?
As of today, we still don’t know if Texas Governor Rick Perry will answer the call and run for the 2012 Republican Presidential Nomination. But one thing is clear if he does, the flamboyant Perry’s proclivity for blending God and politics into his message will surely escalate and may continue to find a willing accomplice in FOX News.
The showy evangelical Texan has cited God numerous times of late, when discussing everything from oil rig disasters to the current state of the economy to how he’d govern.
- In May 2010, Perry questioned whether the BP Gulf Oil disaster wasn’t an “act of God” when combating critics of off shore drilling.
- In June 2011, Perry said God trashed the economy to teach us a few fiscal lessons.
- Another troubling statement occurred, when Perry said Texas’ problems (and presumably the Nation’s as well) were too big to handle, so he was turning them over to God.
Something that didn't sit too well with a number of people
Is this the kind of leadership we want from a President?
Do we really want a leader, who when faced with tough problems, throws his hands in the air, and with reverent fervor, decries it’s God’s will and that he’ll take care of us, one way or another?
If so, include me out.
I don’t cotton to the style of quai- political/religious evangelicalism which percolates up from the lower depths of the Republican Party, disparaging anyone who does not sip from their tainted cup.
I also don’t cotton to a news organization, feigning objectivity, while obviously pushing their own agenda. I don’t like it at MSNBC and I’m disappointed to see it emerging (for some time now) at Fox. If anything, they should be questioning Perry’s reckless use of God as a political prop, instead of touting it as an advantage.
Say what you will about Mitt Romney, but one thing I admire, is his forthright and honest statements regarding his religion. He has faced numerous questions about it and always makes a point to say his beliefs won’t influence his decisions, should he be elected. As Romney has said, “I’m running for Commander in Chief, not Pastor in Chief.”
With Rick Perry, I’m not so sure.
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