Damon Linker has a piece in the current edition of The New Republic in which he questions Mitt Romney’s suitability for the Presidency of the United States based on his religious faith, which everyone knows by now is Mormonism. Linker even suggests that Mitt Romney’s recent election-year flip-flops on abortion, gay marriage, gays in the military, protections for gays against hiring discrimination, etc. etc. etc. may be faith driven. “Romney may have undergone an authentic religious rebirth during the last few years—a rebirth that has led him to embrace the fundamental tenets of his church more fully than ever before in his political career. If so, voters need to know it. And they need to think long and hard about the possible consequences of making such a man the president of the United States,” Linker writes.
[Via Patrick Hynes at Deal Hudson’s blog]
Looks like Damon Linker knows as much about Mormonism as he does about the impending theocracy. Mormons have no official teaching on abortion, though they do have one on caffeine. As to Romney’s flip-flopping I think it is easier to believe it is something endemic in Massachusetts. Sen. Kennedy was once pro-life and then of course there is the King of Flip-Flops Sen Kerry. Though then again political opportunism is not just native to Massachusetts.