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 While keeping the Old Testament they added a New Testament which superseded Judaism.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!

OldTimeGilroy September 19, 2012 at 07:54 PM
Oh, Gawwwwwd, Perkel again? This guy hasn't been straight since the Carter administration.
Jacob Bourne (Editor) September 19, 2012 at 08:01 PM
Hey OldTimeGilroy, send your own letter to the editor and we'd be happy to publish it! Let's get some variety!
Tamara C. September 20, 2012 at 11:22 AM
This is so skewed, I can't even touch it with a 10 foot pole. My favorite line, though, was: "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." Freedom.Hmmm....Let's see a definition of freedom: ˈfrē-dəm\.... the absence of necessity, coercion, or constraint in choice or action. I don't think 120, 000 deaths of Iraqui civilians constitutes for a celebration of "freedom." I think the term you are looking for is "occupation." This is why movements like the Arab Spring are gaining momentum across the world. This ignorance that deems other civilizations older than ours as "immature." What happens when you build a nations on the backs of other people? You get revolution.
Tamara C. September 20, 2012 at 11:29 AM
And Romney's little quip about bringing God back into American society is something that keeps resurrecting on this patch. Again, I'll share this beautiful article about the true history of our "one nation under God": http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history-archaeology/Americas-True-History-of-Religious-Tolerance.html Whose God is the perfect question? Because, while we argue which God, it would seem more rational to work towards peace. As a Christian, I believe that Jesus was synonymous with peace. He called us to peace. I'd rather see PEACE be brought back into American Society over someone's definition of God. Let people believe and live how they want to live. That is true freedom.
omar September 20, 2012 at 01:39 PM
There is no God Just Gravity
David H. Perez September 20, 2012 at 03:38 PM
I don't think any religion should have any role in government. What ever happened to separation of church and state? I also think that issues like abortion and gay marriage are personal decisions in which the government should have no role. If churches and religions want to keep forcing themselves into government and endeavoring to legislate their so-called morality, then they should start paying their fair share of taxes!
Allen King September 20, 2012 at 04:29 PM
http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/09/20/us-usa-taxes-offshore-idUSBRE88J0VY20120920 Call your senators and representatives and ask those damn incompetents to push for changes in the tax code so that these rich companies can't steal the money that is rightfully ours. Republicans and Democrats both are in bed with big money.
thewhigs September 20, 2012 at 05:23 PM
The Muslim population is >1 billion. I don't see even 1/2 of 1% participating in these recent violent reactions-do you Mr. Perkel? Also, what does that have to do anything with Romney running for president? Your unintellectual pablum really shows your ignorance and possibly bigotry and/or racism on your part. Nothing more. Regarding Romney and God, fortunately our forefathers centuries ago made sure the two shouldn't mix in United States politics.
Paul Gutierrez September 20, 2012 at 08:45 PM
all the candidates are worthless. we need a leader without strings attached to him like a "sock puppet"- David Perez" we need a another Regan or JFK
Paul Gutierrez September 20, 2012 at 08:51 PM
you're an idiot
Paul Gutierrez September 20, 2012 at 08:51 PM
im on board with you David!
Frank Geefay September 20, 2012 at 11:12 PM
Where do I begin? Violence and God are not unique to Muslims. There is much violence perpetrated in the name of Christianity: Crusades, the colonization of the new world by Europe, the KKK right here in America, and from the Arab's perspective the invasion by Christian US troops of their lands. "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." I think they are mad at us for doing exactly that: the US considered Egypt's dictatorship its closest alley among the Arab countries for decades. We only supported the revolt when it became clear that they would win. As mentioned by others Romney imposing his form of Christianity upon the nation would be a clear violation of the separation of religion and state. As president Romney is supposed to represent all the people of the US, not just Christians. It would be a dereliction of duty for the president of all Americans to only represent his party's views or his religious view or his gender views. Any president who does not appreciate the fact that America is a melting pot of cultures, ethnicities, sexual orientations, religions and other beliefs, and cannot fairly render judgments based upon these differences should not be president of all of this USA.
David H. Perez September 21, 2012 at 04:23 AM
Right on, Frank.
Tamara C. September 21, 2012 at 01:22 PM
Preach it!
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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