Bias Bash: Is the media obsessed with Romney’s religion?
Cal Thomas gives his take on recent coverage
- Duration 8:43
- Date May 21, 2012
Cal Thomas gives his take on recent coverage
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And time for Monday's -- bash joining us now Cal Thomas -- how happy Monday lewd.
Cheney thank you and I by the way I love that blue dress for the white -- -- were -- over the weekend not that I don't appreciate you for your mind.
Well spring has sprung clearly went from department here but thank you so much how great to see got a new haircut -- -- -- -- -- noticed.
Well I did notice I notice all things like that that's why I'm the most stuff female friendly sensitive male in America.
Okay but you're -- separate and apart I didn't know the compliments were coming because you're gonna talk to us about something interesting.
And I am curious as Mitt Romney now the presumptive candidate moves outward.
Are we -- get like a whole primer on Mormon is them and do you think it'll be an election issue.
Well those are two different questions and they're both good questions Jamie you know the Washington Post this morning -- -- at an amazing story goes back to September 11 1857.
And found a and a group.
That took took a wagon train from Arkansas.
Carols and Arkansas to you to all and -- -- -- mormons they're slaughtered -- and -- it makes the connection between something that happened.
Over a 150 years ago.
And Mitt Romney's faith now that's really really a stretcher and Harry worrying tour apparently isn't on his -- that's right.
That's right right well -- yes of course but he doesn't get the same kind of scrutiny for his -- because he's in line with the basics secular liberal Democrat.
To a lesser extent Orrin hatch shoe is -- a Mormon from Utah are running for reelection this year for another senate term.
He used to -- make nice with Ted Kennedy so this gives him some points look the whole issue in this Mormon has some business is not about whether.
Mitt Romney and mormons believe that world -- -- we're -- have -- to god sort or you know what you're who Jesus is -- -- it's.
What difference does it make.
With his policies.
This has been an argument and the American political electorate really since Jimmy Carter came out of the closet in 1976 and said he was born again I remember John Chancellor.
Then the anchor of the NBC nightly news getting on television and say we've looked up this born -- business and it's really nothing new well that caused everybody.
Who knew anything about the phrase and who in fact were born again Christians.
-- -- Of the left the secular left especially is is very disturbed about anybody who takes his or her religion seriously.
Unless it affects public policy and that's what we ought to be looking at what difference does Mitt Romney's -- make on public policy.
Now for President Obama.
Not much or is presume faith and stated say that it because his faith tells him as he argued with the -- his position on gay marriage last week.
He takes the golden rule do unto others as you would have those two -- you and implies that -- gay marriage so that's his position on a public policy issue the only thing that matters with respect to Mitt Romney is what are his positions.
And do they relate to -- to his fate I think most.
He told us enough of what his positions are at this point when you think we'll learn more -- it is it.
Very definitive -- just it in the favor of talking about Norman isn't with Mitt Romney I found -- interesting one of the comments to that Washington Post article.
Says the fact that the Republicans have chosen a Mormon to lead them is actually a very encouraging sign for religious tolerance in our political system.
Well one would think that of course the secular left the New York Times the Washington Post I don't care out what or who.
Anybody worships as long as they come down on the editorial we are correct side that those newspapers.
And others on the secular media a dictate that would be pro abortion on demand and any yet time.
-- gay marriage should bigger government higher taxes more regulation.
Now if you want to apply your religious faith to those issues the media will give you a pass.
But if you take your faith seriously and come out as Mitt Romney has done as a pro lifer he says although.
There's some argument as to whether he was on the other side of that when he was governor of Massachusetts that needs to be explored further or if you believe in traditional male female marriage smaller government lower taxes.
Then no that's a whole different issue so the media won't give you a pass.
You can worship whoever whatever you wish as long as you come down.
On their side of the political agenda this is why reporters need to do a better job of exploring the connection.
Between Romney's faith in his public policies and not the faith itself.
What what does Mormon -- dictate certain policies.
Well those are one of the questions we need to ask I mean many people remember because it been reader should take it over and over John F Kennedy's famous speech to a group outside Houston.
Who said his.
Do you have separation.
Of church and state.
Was complete and no Pope enrollment.
No Baptist officials should be telling a president of the United States what to do now Romney the last time around the last time he ran for president.
Made a similar.
Speech -- she needs to be looked out again but I I really think you know most most journalists are uncomfortable with religion even those who.
I have a faith that they practice I don't want to get into the minutiae of it.
But this is important.
Many many people in America worship an authority higher than the state and the media need to be briefed on these things they need to study Mormon -- and then they need justice they -- need to study Islam more effectively and then they need to ask the kinds of questions all right your faith teaches this now if you were president of the United States.
Will you implement what the faith teaches and if not why not.
People need to know this but again most of the media are embarrassed about religious questions because they don't want to know much about it.
-- it offends them personally but I think this is critical and it's important and more journalists need to be asking those questions.
I hope somebody does -- Well I know if I get the opportunity I can tell you that they are.
We have one comment on the -- can you read this says Harry Reid is a democratic Mormon -- -- brought up Romney a Republican Mormon but still we have to answer that question.
Say and then.
Yes they are but I'm not sure what the question what's the media needs to worry about the economy and fix that -- the things in this great nation that the current administration has destroyed.
Well agreement have a look at our let's say what with a question -- Harry -- be -- nobody doubts that he's a devout Mormon.
And the same question would be -- -- -- Catholics or anybody elsewhere we went through this -- Mario Cuomo was governor of -- New York he said his faith teaches that the death penalty is wrong and so he opposed the death penalty and made that connection but that's the media never asked him the question.
Four convicted murderers but your -- also teaches that abortion is wrong so why are you pro abortion when your faith teaches that you should be opposed to -- these are the kinds of questions that reporters are uncomfortable with Harry -- devout Mormon.
Mormon is and teachers abortion is wrong same sex marriage is wrong.
Then -- euphoria and are you putting them now senator -- this stage higher.
Then your god.
These are questions that reporters should be asking I mean in an age of gotcha journalism these are these are important and penetrating questions that need to be asked.
Also like -- gotcha question.
No it's not it's it's an informed question.
And it it tells voters.
Where they're faith and their earthly agenda lie.
-- it's perfectly fine if you wanna say OK I believe in total separation church and state these are private matters this is what I believe.
But then I would ask okay what what about on some of these other issues that can be connected with your -- Why are they -- OK in your mind and these others are not.
And of course the answer to that is that.
Those certain Mormon beliefs that advance what we conservatives believe is a conservative -- agenda isn't popular with the democratic left and so we jettison those.
And we only apply those that -- say secular liberal agenda.
Great to see you I really thank -- -- very interesting discussion and I hope that I appropriately.
Led into your.
Always fantastic appearance on FOX News Watch.
Thank you when you saw me in the blue dress this weekend.
Yes indeed -- there John it's nice haircut -- thank -- be so lucky to have you as one of his regulars.
Thank you very and I now have a great great day.