The church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints has a little history problem. No, I’m not talking about the 1857 Mountain Meadows Massacre. Nor, the Garden of Eden being in Missouri. Nor, Jesus walking around America, and Native Americans having red skin because they slaughtered another tribe of Israel.
No, the history problem I’m talking about is the fact that it took the church until 1978 that blacks were allowed into the priesthood. Some find that late. While, I can’t imagine a Republican picking up a lot of black votes. The white people who vote Republican usually like to have some plausible deniability on the matter of whether or not the person they are voting for is a racial bigot.
However, it should be noted that there is a parallel between blacks being viewed as cursed descendants of Cain and Native Americans as the cursed Lamanites. It is an example of religious indoctrination of racial bigotry and a theme in the dogma.
Alas, here comes Mitt Romney, Mormon, running for President of the United States. For some reason, he felt compelled to say that his father marched with Martin Luther King.
And I’m not going to distance myself in any way from my faith. But you can see what I believed and what my family believed by looking at, at our lives. My dad marched with Martin Luther King.
So, natural questions arise such as where? Romney’s answer: Grosse Pointe. Grosse Pointe? Really? Being a Michigan native, I have met people from Grosse Pointe. The way they describe it is as near Detroit. But, that doesn’t really do it justice. It is a very well to do suburb of Detroit. Not necessarily a place for Martin Luther King Jr. to hold a march. Indeed, this scenario doesn’t mesh with the historical record.
The Romney campaign has hence said that Romney meant the phrase “figuratively” and saying that “my dad marched with Martin Luther King” may mean different cities and different days.
The obvious conclusion is the Romney campaign lied. You can watch the clip. He didn’t mean it figuratively. He meant his father was there, with Martin Luther King, marching. Something, there is scant evidence for, which would be somewhat surprising considering George Romney was the Governor of Michigan at the time.
To me, the waffling is worse than the gaff. Fine, Mitt Romney made a mistake. His father and Martin Luther King Jr. didn’t march together. It may be news to Mitt Romney also. But, do we really want a another President who will not back away or admit a mistake?
It also displays the lengths people will go to defend a previous statement. When one assumes something can never can be wrong in the face of contradictory evidence, don’t be surprised if language is among one of the first casualties.