Re: Jay D. Homnick's Catching Mitt on TV:
Apparently, in his 60 Minutes interview, Mitt Romney said the following: "I have a great-great grandfather. They were trying to build a generation out there in the desert and so he took additional wives as he was told to do. And I must admit, I can't image anything more awful than polygamy."

If this is true, then Romney is one of two things: an idiot, or a liar. It's possible that he is both. For a man who grew up in the Mormon Church to not understand a pivotal point of doctrine such as polygamy, is idiotic. The Mormons did not practice polygamy to "build a generation out there in the desert." The practice of polygamy was begun by Joseph Smith in Nauvoo, Illinois, when Nauvoo was the largest city in Illinois, surpassing Chicago (which was a small trading post in the mid-nineteenth century). It was not done because Mormons were dying by the truckloads. The church was winning converts by the thousands. Romney must sleep through Sunday school and Priesthood classes on the Sabbath day, or he would have known that it is church doctrine that polygamy will be practiced in the eternities, that God the Father is a polygamist, and that even Jesus is said to have been married to both Mary and Martha. Call this disgusting if you will. Call it incorrect, fabricated, blasphemous, sexist, or any other negative connotation you may, but this is something all Mormons who grow up in the church learn. Do we really need another idiot in the White House?

But I fear it is not idiocy that prompted Romney to say these things. Anyone who changes his mind so readily on abortion, then tries to play down the change, is more likely to be lying. I do not know what is in this man's heart (and I don't care to), but I suspect that a lie to appease the horrified Evangelicals (who will never vote for an "unChristian" Mormon regardless) is much more in line with this man's modus operandi. Another establishment Republican with a penchant for power, like his good buddy Senator Hatch.

If Mr. Homnick cares where Romney stands on the issues, rather than what his religion is, look no further than the above pusillanimous statement from this 60 Minutes interview.

-- Brendan R. Merrick
Budd Lake, New Jersey
Originally published May 15, 2007