It's disheartening, even despicable, that some evangelical extremists are threatening to boycott the election if McCain picks "That Mormon" Mitt Romney as his running mate. I've spent a good portion of this election season browsing political news sites, blogs, and online big-city newspapers. In each of them I've noticed a disturbing trend. The trend goes something like this: if the original news article or blog post makes any mention of Mitt Romney, the ultra-conservative evangelicals come out en masse, posting comment after comment that all have the same theme: Mr. McCain, if you dare choose a Mormon as your running mate, you can expect us evangelicals to sit home on election day--and you'll lose the presidency because of it!
Now folks, let's put this in perspective. Imagine if a large voting bloc in the Democratic party (Jews for instance) were to threaten the Democratic nominee with taunts that they would sit home on election day if that nominee picked a Muslim as his or her running mate. See where where I'm going with this?
These evangelical extremists are trying to blackmail McCain, attempting to use their power as a voting bloc to force McCain to acquiese to their hateful anti-Mormon views.
Now is there anything more un-American than this? No folks, there isn't. This type of perverted ideology is exactly the opposite of the ideals on which America was founded. This ignorant, mean-spirited behavior is wrong. It is immoral. And it is most definitely behavior unbecoming of Christians. No...Jesus would not hate Mormons.
I hope that those in the mainstream media will be responsible enough to denounce this problematic trend among ultra-conservative evangelicals. However I doubt it will happen, because the mainstream media is dominated by intellectual elites, many of whom also seem to enjoy thumbing their noses at Mormons.
And so Mormons are forced to deal with this silliness. God grant them the strength to respond in love.