Religion in the 2012 Presidential Race

In this article on the race for the presidential nomination, religion figures prominently.  Two contenders are controversial because they're mormon.


"Evangelicals who dominate the Iowa and South Carolina nominating contests are unlikely to back Romney or former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman; some call the two men's shared Mormon faith a disqualifier."


Then there's Rick Perry, and, although the article doesn't mention his religiosity, it's what I think he's most famous for, thanks to his Texas Bored of Education and prayers for rain.  (How did that work out, anyway?  I think the drought's still going strong, isn't it?)

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Comment by Richard Healy on May 29, 2011 at 3:28am
Fair point about money and power. 

I think to steal a phrase from The Hitch, they are all equal glimpses of the same basic untruth.  Religions and their gods are humanities inventions.  I personally group The Mor(m)ons with the wilder cults of Woo probably becuase it simply more recent, and the justifications for it's reality are hilariously absurd. 

No more absurd than others, mind:  I don't think man getting magicking wine from water (where did he get the carbon atoms from?) or flying on a levitating horse  are real either;  all of it teeters perilously upon a pedestal on unverifiable claims to spiritual knowledge and faith. 

The Mor(m)ons are a great example of why taking faith seriously only encourages them.
Comment by Daniel B on May 28, 2011 at 5:22pm
Steve - Thanks for the reminder about Penn & Teller.  I'd started watching that a week back, but got distracted and never got back to it.  Part 1 is at...
Comment by Brent Feeney on May 28, 2011 at 5:21pm
Well, there's a reason why the late, great Molly Ivins (and others) call Rick Perry "Gov. Goodhair." *LOL*  It sure ain't for his (lack of) brains!!
Comment by dr kellie on May 28, 2011 at 10:37am
Oh, and if this blog isn't obvious enough, Rick Perry is a dick.  He's really fucking Texas A&M up, and no one around here, or in Austin ever stops bitching about him.  I guess it is the rest of the state that elects him.  Or the fact that the democrats are no competition.
Comment by dr kellie on May 28, 2011 at 10:35am
I think that was only because I didn't pray.  I think everyone in Texas has to pray for it to work:)
Comment by Daniel B on May 28, 2011 at 10:32am

dr kellie - Seemed like the rest of the country got plenty of rain after the prayers.  Everywhere but TX.


Richard - You should take them seriously enough to realize how powerful the church is.  Much more than just killing ERA and passing CA's Prop 8.  But, you're right that the history is hilarious.  I'd always wanted to know more about where Joseph Smith came up w/ his cockamamy (sp?) story, so I'm getting through "Joseph Smith and the Origins of the Book of Mormon" by David Persuitte.  I really recommend this one.

Comment by dr kellie on May 28, 2011 at 10:09am
The prayers for rain didn't work out so well.  God said no.  I guess they could have used that time getting rid of the state sodomy laws that were ruled to be unconstitutional years ago.  But no, Rick Perry likes those.
Comment by Richard Healy on May 28, 2011 at 10:01am

I can't take Mor(m)ons seriously.


Golden Plates?  Really?


It's a creepy weird Cult on a par with Scientology and The Raelians. 

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