First he was a robot programmed to accomplish the dark and devious theocratic schemes of the Mormon Church. Now they say Mitt Romney isn’t Mormon enough. The Grey Lady is knocking the former Governor for deviating from the LDS church’s position on immigration:
While Mitt Romney is taking a hard line on immigration even as the Republican primaries head toward the heavily Hispanic states of Nevada, Colorado and Arizona, the Mormon Church to which he belongs has become a decisive player in promoting policies that are decidedly more friendly toward immigrants…[O]n immigration, the church actively lobbied [Utah] legislators, sent Presiding Bishop H. David Burton to attend the bill signing and issued a series of increasingly explicit statements in favor of allowing some illegal immigrants to stay in the country and work…Mormons in Utah who back an accommodating approach to immigrants say they have been disturbed to see Mr. Romney align himself with his party’s anti-immigration flank and with Tea Party members.
For Romney, it seems, it’s damned if you do, damned if you don’t, with the Times (naturally) standing in for Divine Justice. Nowhere does the article draw the obvious inference that Romney clearly makes his political decisions — like them or not — independent of church teaching. It would not have been hard to find someone to make this self-evident point.But instead, the Times cites anonymous “Mormon immigration advocates” who allude to the possibility that Romney is using this issue to fake independence from Mormon teaching. What better way to smuggle his devious theocratic agenda into the White House?A modicum of self-awareness or fairness in the editing process would have caught and redressed the obvious bias of this piece, but apparently that’s not how the Times approaches political stories these days: any stick will do to beat the man who increasingly looks like the next Republican nominee.