A Ron Paul supporter put Mittens in the hot seat on a religious question pertaining to an obscure treatise/add on to the Book of Mormon. Unsurprisingly, Romney punted, avoiding the issue by claiming — somewhat laughably considering he’s running for Pastor in Chief of the Fundamentalist Party — that he wasn’t going to have a discussion on religion:
(Politico) — “I guess a lot of people say that your Mormon faith cannot be a concern in the election. But I think, it might be, as well as I found these verses from the Mormon book. Moses 7:8 says,” said Bret Hatch, 28, of Green Bay, before he was cut off by a Romney aide. “Why don’t you give me a question,” Romney asked. But Hatch continued: “Ok, well, in the Mormon book it says there were a blight cast on all the children of Canaan.”
The actual passage appears to be taken from something called the Pearl of Great Price, a separate piece of Mormon text included in the Standard Works, which acts as a sort of adjunct to the official Book of Mormon.
Here’s Mitt Romney refusing to talk about the place of religion: “There are some who may feel that religion is not a matter to be seriously considered in the context of the weighty threats that face us. If so, they are at odds with the nation’s founders, for they, when our nation faced its greatest peril, sought the blessings of the Creator. And further, they discovered the essential connection between the survival of a free land and the protection of religious freedom. In John Adams’ words: ‘We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion… Our constitution was made for a moral and religious people.’
Here he is defending the right of Catholic Bishops to call the shots in healthcare plans for non Cathlolics: “I don’t think we’ve seen in the history of this country the kind of attack on religious conscience, religious freedom, religious tolerance that we’ve seen under Barack Obama,” he said.”
Here is Mitt Romney yet again, refusing to talk about religion and certainly not claiming he knows what God-eh wants: “”This century must be an American century. In an American century, America has the strongest economy and the strongest military in the world,” Romney says. “God did not create this country to be a nation of followers. America is not destined to be one of several equally balanced global powers. America must lead the world, or someone else will.”
Of course Mitt Romney likes to talk about religion. He’ll happily lie about religion. He just doesn’t want to talk about his specific religion because most members of the religious right consider his religion to be a heretical abomination.