Religion is a topic of much debate in political circles these days. Mitt Romney, a presidential hopeful in the United States, is a registered Mormon. And, of course, the War on Terror has targeted radical Islam and global jihad as our enemy. To be sure, every religion seems to have its share of extremists. And much to the dismay of the far right, this includes Christians. I tend to be conservative on most of my political views, and sort of a Christian in my daily life. To me, the following site is a total embarrassment: http://www.votingforsatan.com/. It helps to have a sense of humor if one is going to read through it.
I have a hard time taking that site seriously, but if I must, I feel the need to raise several points. Perhaps it is just me, but I have a hard time believing that a just and loving God would damn people to Hell, simply for holding erroneous theological beliefs (somewhere in the Bible, I think, He says you can’t understand Him, so why try?). There is a decided difference between theological belief and deliberative action. A just God would be far more concerned with the actions one takes in one’s life, than what theological “story” one accepts. To argue otherwise is to say that a just God might damn Ghandi to Hell, yet spare a murderous mafia member who happened to be Christian in “name only.” I wouldn’t want to worship such a whimsical Deity. If Mitt Romney wants to believe that God, the Heavenly Father, is a being of flesh and bone, let him. I find such a belief quite odd, but in and of itself, it is a harmless belief. By “harmless”, I mean that it does not give weight or credence to any obviously immoral behavior beyond itself, such as suicide bombing, rape, honor killings, or anything else like that. Likewise, believing that Jesus and Satan are “spirit-brothers” does not seem to imply any overt action on the believer’s part. The major problem with Mormonism is its acceptance of polygamy, but I believe most of that has faded into the past, and Mitt Romney certainly does not engage in such a practice.
Now, with respect to Islam much of the same still holds. There is nothing intrinsically wrong with holding Mohammed to be a prophet unless he endorses or practices immoral behavior. In light of that, it is worth noting that Mohammed, when he was alive, sent messages to the king of Persia telling him to convert or he (Mohammed) would invade. Likewise, he married a six-year-old and consummated said marriage when she was only nine. It goes without saying, how much of a problem the violent elements of Islam are causing in today’s world. When I first started writing blogs, I jumped on the PC bandwagon and wrote that it was a “religion of peace,” and other similar things. The more I learned about it, though, the more doubtful I became of that claim. Over ten-thousand terrorist attacks have been carried out since 9-11. Over the past few months we’ve heard of a great variety of injustices coming from the Muslim world: homosexuals flogged up to six-thousand times for their “crime,” rape victims flogged for complaining about the light sentence received by their assailants, and, of course, the infamous Mohammed the Teddy Bear incident (for more on this last one, here’s a post from Michelle Malkin on the subject: http://michellemalkin.com/2007/11/26/the-mohammed-teddy-bear-blasphemy/). I’m sure there may be moderate Muslims who don’t approve of these outrages, but it seems as if we never hear from them. Perhaps it is apathy, perhaps it is fear, but whatever the cause we should demand more from Islam and its adherents than what they have shown us so far.
In the end, it boils down to this: the old adage that actions speak louder than words still holds true. As a Mormon, Mitt Romney has shown us nothing to deserve the hatred that he incites among some members of the far right. Islam, however, is a source of many of the problems in the world today.