Joe Carter’s post tonight reminded me of this quote by Father Richard Neuhaus, one of the smartest men in America, on the question of whether a person who won’t vote for a Mormon is a bigot:

I was earlier taken to task for writing that someone who declines to vote for Mr. Romney because he is a Mormon is not necessarily guilty of the civic sin of intolerance. I then explained that, in making that argument, I was not agreeing with those who oppose him because he is a Mormon. Rather, I would simply note the undeniable fact that a substantial number of Americans, mainly evangelical Christians, believe that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is a false religion, and that a Mormon in the White House would give a substantial boost to that religion, with the consequence of imperiling the salvation of souls. We may not agree with that view, but to deride it as bigotry is itself a form of bigotry. Those who condemn that view are saying, in effect, that politics trumps religion. For the very reasons that Mr. Romney affirms in his speech, most Americans reject that claim.

Indeed, except I still wonder whether Mitt Romney himself adheres to the view that “politics trumps religion.”
(HT:  Justin Taylor, where I first saw it)

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Matthew Lee Anderson is the Founder and Lead Writer of Mere Orthodoxy. He is the author of Earthen Vessels: Why Our Bodies Matter to our Faith and The End of Our Exploring: A Book about Questioning and the Confidence of Faith. Follow him on Twitter or on Facebook.

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  1. I’m really really tired of politics already this season, so forgive me if I’m reiterating things already discussed here, but not voting for someone because of their religion or lack thereof is in no way automatically a bigoted thing.

    It’s hard to be a part of a faith and not be affected by its cosmology. I’m vastly outnumbered by LDS here where I live, and they’re a very interesting study of the human condition.

    In general (by this I mean every LDS I know) they expect the end of the world at just any minute. As such they tend to be very reactionary and accepting about anything which just might bring about the end of the world.

    Consider Glenn Beck, popular conservative talk show host. I can’t listen to the man any more. When last I tried around six months ago, every single day substantial air time was devoted to his end-of-the-world predictions. This holds to a lesser, more tolerable, extent with my personal relationships with all of the LDS around me.

    But, to be honest, that’s all secondary to the fact that I just don’t like the guy.

    Al

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