I like Alex Pareene's writing and point of view. I usually try to read his columns, but this one -- well, I know having to meet a schedule is tough, even if -- especially if -- you really have nothing to say, but the schedule demands that you say SOMETHING. This one won't be in the collection of "best columns."
Here's the headline
Study: Lots of Liberals (and conservatives) don't really want to vote for Mormons
Are people who don't like conservatives being intolerant when they say they wouldn't vote for a Mormon?
and my comment posted there and here:
I never had anything against Mormons. In fact I always
found it amusing and wonderfully bizarre that serious Roman Catholics, like
Lawrence O'Donnell (a man whose show I watch regularly and whose adamant
liberalism I enjoy and with which I usually agree)can point at the absurdities
of the Mormon dogma and practices without seeming to notice the gynophobic
fairy tales and cruelty of his own.
But after sending out countless drones of young
earnest bigots and pumping upwards of 20 million tax-free Kingdom-of-Utah
dollars out of their 1930's musical comedy tabernacle Mother-ship in Salt Lake
City into our state of California (tax-free, i.e., we, the taxpayers, make up
the difference) to deny OUR friends and neighbors of the same rights the rest
of us have, my attitude to the Mormons is roughly the same as that of
Fundamentalist Patriots to all followers of Islam after 9-11, i.e., "They
are welcome in America only if they stand up and denounce and rebuke their
crime against decency and humanity their church has committed against our
fellow men and women."
I would not vote for anyone who has either approved of
or remained silent and failed to denounce the vicious Proposition 8 that was --
let's face it -- covertly official policy of the Mormon Priesthood.
The constitution allows people the right to pray to
whatever god or gods they believe in, to live in accord with those beliefs, but
it does NOT give them the right to tell the rest of us that OUR beliefs, OUR
ways of living are not acceptable, to deny us the same rights THEY value, to
force us to accept their fantasies and give up our own. (Is there a difference
between this and the behavior of the young bully who decided another student's
hair style was "not acceptable" and went with his mob to forcibly
deny him the right to his own sensibilities? I think not.)
Mormonism aside, the Mormon candidate -- Mitt Romney
-- is a bully and a thug -- and insofar as that resembles the way his church
behaves, and I'm not saying his church is the only one -- of course it's not, we have a
right to be "intolerant" to them (as well as to Klansmen and
Nazi's and hate-mongerers of all types) and reject them and all who agree with
I think that is perfectly justifiable intolerance.
Many years ago, the most ethical person I have ever known (Howard Gossage) said to me:
"Tolerance means 'you stink but I don't mind holding my nose.'
Well, b-b-buddy, I DO mind holding my nose."
In this case, I refuse to hold my nose.
And of course, actual REAL conservatives (as distinct from right wing theocrats) should ALSO have a strong objection to any religious group that is enjoying the protection of the U. S. Constitution to believe and practice whatever it is denying the rights of social equality to another group they don't like because their lives don't conform to the beliefs of those doing the denying.
I am not holding my nose this time around.