Letter to the Editor: Muslims and Romney's Take on God

Romney wants to keep a god in the "public square." But whose god is it?

Every time I turn on the news all I see is a bunch of angry Muslims in the Mideast killing people and destroying property because someone said something they consider religiously offensive. Although I believe in democracy, I'm beginning to wonder if we're better off leaving them in the hands of a brutal dictator if they aren't mature enough to appreciate the freedom we helped them win.

The following letter to the editor was submitted by reader Marc Perkel this week. To submit your own, send an email to jacob.bourne@patch.com

The way I see it this kind of violence shows me that if there were such a thing as God, that these people definitely have not found him. All I see is Muslims acting like barbarians. Although they would probably execute me for my beliefs, when I see how Muslims behave, it makes me thank God I'm an Atheist.

Speaking of God, Mitt Romney is now saying that if he is elected president, he will emphasize the role of God in American society and will not "take God out of the public square." But that raises the question as to whose God will have a role in American society.

Although I am now a Realist, I was raised Jewish in a society where most people were Christians. From a Christian perspective, they looked at themselves as Judaism 2.0. While keeping the Old Testament they added a New Testament which superseded Judaism. They added Jesus and the Holy Spirit. From a Jewish perspective, Christianity was an unauthorized sequel. These new Gods were not our Gods.

Mitt Romney, however, is a Mormon and the Mormons have a Third Testament to the Bible. Mormons see themselves as Christianity 2.0 and Judaism 3.0. It also has the advantage of being "Made in America." Perhaps Christians can appreciate what it's like when another religion writes an unauthorized sequel.

The Book of Mormon is very different from the New Testament, just as the New Testament is very different from the Old Testament. It's not the same religion. That's why Mormons come to Christian homes to try to convert Christians to Mormonism.

Mitt Romney isn't just a Mormon, he's a Bishop in the Mormon Church. During the Vietnam War era, Romney spent years living in France as a missionary converting European Christians to Mormons. So when Romney says that he will emphasize the role of God in American society, what does he really mean? If Romney is putting God on the table. shouldn't we at least ask Romney what God he's talking about?

I'm Marc Perkel - And I approved this message! 

Where do you stand on this issue? How about separation of church and state? Tell us in the comments!

Tamara C. September 21, 2012 at 01:22 PM
Thank you... :D
Tamara C. September 21, 2012 at 01:31 PM
Totally. We need that separation. "Who does not see that the same authority which can establish Christianity, in exclusion of all other religions, may establish with the same ease any particular sect of Christianity, in exclusion of all other Sects?” —James Madison on the ridiculous idea of endorsing a national faith. Excerpt from "Memorial and Remonstrance Against Religious Assessments."
Eye B. Tender September 24, 2012 at 11:30 PM
It’s important to realize that freedom of religion includes freedom from religion – but also, the other way around. Until God actually shows up and starts writing contribution checks to the Republican Party, his existence cannot be scientifically proven. Yet, until an atheist is resurrected from death to preach about the trendy styles and fully respected government employees encountered in his perfectly godless afterlife, God cannot be disproven. Likewise, many of the scientific so-called facts preached as absolute gospel in our Taxpayer supported schools – such as evolution – fall off the edge of that same scientific method table. What has been proven in experiments ranging from the careful study of fruit flies to the everyday reality of hot women marrying intelligent wealthy men is: “Adaptation”. Yet, there is no proof that adaptation has always gone in the same direction, or so-called “Evolution”. Humans can indeed eventually adapt to rain forest or ice age. But, this is natural selection at work – adaptation to the conditions encountered. For example, during the next ice-age: large, hairy, knuckle-dragging cave men like me are going to be better able to kill the large animals for food. Therefore, we’re going to attract the most desirable women for reproduction. Furthermore, as the top dogs of that refreshing new day, we’re probably going to label our renewed ascendency as: “Evolution”.
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