I have long believed that no one is beyond education and understanding; now, at our moment of greatest success, it may be time to expand the pool of future allies.
It may have been just Romney, not Mormonism, who enjoyed a brief moment. As Mormonism continues to gain in cultural, political and religious relevance, historians may one day be describing a Mormon millennium rather than a moment.
Now out of the shadows and firmly in the public square, the Mormon Moment reverberates in unexpected ways for both Mormons and non-Mormons.
They had never met each other and had little idea beyond fragments of stereotypes of each other's faith. But a panel, "Catholic/Mormon Dialogue on Women's Ordination," brought them together.
Imagine my surprise when for the first time in 14 years the Mormon Church appears to have sat out the five anti-gay marriage elections this year.
Not only did conservative Christians not adhere to their own principles embedded in their theology, but they also shirked their beliefs by acting in ways that were not "Christlike" because of their disdain for the president.
The First Baptist Church in downtown Dallas' senior pastor, Robert Jeffress, made headlines in 2007 with a Sunday sermon calling Mitt Romney a member of a religious "cult." This past Sunday, he stood in the pulpit and let fly this gem.
Mormons rise in this life because it is what their religion calls for. Achieving. Progressing. Learning. Forward, upward motion.
White conservative churchgoers, the story goes, have become unsophisticated robots who pull the lever for whatever Republican happens to be running at the time.
The First Amendment guarantees our right to embrace any religion we choose, no matter how peculiar. It also protects our right to talk about it along with almost anything else (truthfulness is optional).
Is Romney the face of Mormonism? Or has he so far distanced himself from core values of his religion that Mormons feel constrained to emphasize that he is not that face?
Mitt Romney wants to increase our military budget by $2 trillion per year even though our generals think we don't need it. But when he got the chance to serve his country, Romney quickly applied for and was granted four draft deferments.
Tired of a life of losing? Every paranoid flat-earther can have his 15 minutes schmoozing with the billionairoid birther.
Here in Tennessee uncertainty and debate reign supreme as the state aims to break early voting records unsure of how much an impact it will have in playing a role in deciding the fate of the United States of America.
Why the press has gone lightweight on Governor Romney escapes me. Religious affiliation mattered to the press corps in 2008. I don't understand why it does not matter in 2012.
In my last blog post I quoted Mitt Romney making shocking remarks that were highlighted in a Boston Globe story last week. Now video has surfaced of Romney making those bigoted claims about gay parents while pushing his heartless policy against their children.