Legal Insurrection has an excellent run-down on the rank bigotry developing on the left against the Mormon religion. Its all rather nauseating but very typical of the left these days – they probably don’t know much about it but they know (a) that it is socially conservative and (b) a man representing it is going to beat their guy. So, all bets are off and there is no bottom to the gutter.
To me, Romney’s religion is a non-issue – just as much as Obama’s personal religious beliefs are a non-issue. Living in a pluralist republic, there is simply no other way to go about it. Unless I want to say that I’ll only vote for a Catholic of the most orthodox stripe, I must allow that people I vote for will have various differences with me. What matters to me is whether or not, on balance, the candidate is more favorable to my views than the other candidate. In this, Romney has pledged himself to a set of policy proposals largely in tune with my view – but not in all cases. I just kind of have to lump it on the areas where I disagree with Romney while working elsewhere to advance those views of mine which Romney refuses.
Its not like that on the left – it doesn’t, for instance, matter that Mormons are tremendously generous with their time and money and that Mormon-majority communities tend to be clean, safe and law-abiding. All that is thrown over the side because Mormons dare to have the slightest disagreement with some aspects of leftist ideology. For the left it is all or nothing – you are either 100% with them or they will be 100% against you. Romney has sinned against liberal orthodoxy and must be destroyed, and his entire religion along with him. I hope Mormons have tough skins – Catholics and Evangelicals have been dealing with this for a long time (and Catholics for longer than anyone else in the United States).
At the end of the day, however, these are the actions of desperate, losing people. Their cause is foundering and their man Obama seems set to lead them off the electoral cliff. As things get worse for the left, we can expect the howls of bigotry to grow louder. Get ready for it and learn to endure it – there’s nothing we can do to stop it.