It’s not bigotry if we do it


Breaking the Anti-Mormon Code

Democrats, media using coded language to draw attention to Mitt Romney’s faith

The Obama campaign and mainstream media are using “dog-whistles” to draw attention to and suspicion of Mitt Romney’s Mormon faith, while attempting to maintain plausible deniability that any such attack is underway.

The term “dog-whistle” is used to describe coded attacks that targeted audiences may understand, but outsiders might not recognize.

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Though the Obama campaign has said it does not intend to make Romney’s religion an issue in the race, campaign officials have on several occasions hinted at the “weirdness” of the Mormon Church.

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However, while the Obama campaign has seemed to content to allow its surrogates to go after Romney and Mormonism, the president himself has steered clear of the issue.

“I think Obama is rightly avoiding it as an issue,” said Dr. Matthew Bowman, a professor of religion at Hampden-Sydney College. “It doesn’t play well in American politics to be intolerant of religion.”

Cromartie said members of the mainstream media are most likely to try to make Romney’s religion a factor in the race, potentially as Election Day draws nearer.

“Closer to the convention, there may well be some people in the mainstream media who will want to do an hour special on the history of Mormonism,” he said. “If things were more comfortable in the country and with the economy, Romney’s critics might have the luxury to discuss what might be considered the oddities of the Mormon faith.”


Of course when the mainstream opens the door, the lunatic fringe rushes in:

An acceptable bigotry
Salon’s piece on racism vs. anti-Mormon prejudice misses an important point: It is permissible to insult Mormonism because the religion was invented by a man who was, demonstrably, a con artist.


On the other hand, any questions about Barack Obama’s religious beliefs, history and/or affiliations are strictly taboo.

(Cuz that would be racist.)


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11 Responses to It’s not bigotry if we do it

  1. Oswald says:

    Some people just can’t get a handle on that whole “freedom of religion” concept.

  2. I’d like to see an hour long special on Black Liberation Theology, featuring Rev. Wright. Will never happen.

  3. cj says:

    “I think Obama is rightly avoiding it as an issue,”

    omg, I can’t take it anymore. Avoiding it? Are these friggin’ people for real?

    • Go ahead and take it, because it’s mounting evidence that Team Obama in all its many manifestations is in full meltdown mode. Keep in mind that the only group of people in America with lower favorability numbers than Congress is the press. So anything they want, the people will vote against. They aren’t bright enough to play reverse psychology. So cheer them on! Because they will help Obama lose in their desperate and transparent panic. Idiots. ♥ them for it!

  4. myiq2xu says:

    I must have missed the memo when the left adopted hatred and intolerance as guiding principles.

    • DandyTiger says:

      I think they passed it out just after they threw us under the bus.

      • Honora says:

        It must of been at the ‘lunch’ that lasted for 2 hours in the Rules and Bylaws Committee meeting on 5/31. Right after they gave Clinton’s delegates to Obama. Wonder if they even had time for lunch?

  5. HELENK says:

    if the lms were to do a stories on Mormons, what are the odds they would tell this one??

    http://israelmatzav.blogspot.com/2012/07/not-first-prominent-mormon-to-come-to.html

  6. foxyladi14 says:

    they won’t tell that one. 😯

  7. I think “dog whistle” will be this year’s contribution to the lexicon of campaigning. And every time I see those words come out of a lefty’s mouth I want to throw my shoe at the TV—–or at them if it is live!!

  8. gxm17 says:

    I’m not even voting for the man and this really peeves me. As an atheist, I always have to vote for someone who does not share my “beliefs.” AFAIC, none of them are any less “weird” than the Mormon church. No offense intended but, hey, there’s a reason it’s called faith.

    So to any Chicken Littles who think electing a Mormon as POTUS is the end of the world: Pot meet kettle, now STFU. Gawd, what a bunch of hypocritical asshats. Trust me, all they’re doing is pissing of the tolerant.

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