Mike Duran stumbled across yet another “Will Evangelicals Vote For A Mormon” tempestbag that someone dropped into the teapot of the internet, and decided to ask his largely-Evangelical audience what they thought.
Since it seemed to be a conversation eerily similar to one I’d already had in the NiT days, I didn’t really have much of an answer other than the flat “no.” I mean, yes, I am Evangelical. And no, I won’t vote for this Mormon (Mitt Romney).
And here is why I hate surveys. Or, more appropriately, why I hate what newspapers often pass off as surveys, because their methodology is so flawed. Because the question they are asking gives them an answer, but it doesn’t pursue the number of root causes for the answer.
I won’t vote for Mitt Romney because of this.
“I am not in favor of medical marijuana being legal in the country,” Romney said as he moved on to greet other people.
Now, I happen to be not only “in favour of” the legalisation of medical marijuana but also “vocally pushing for”.* For me as a Christian the thought that there is an enormously effective medication with relatively few long-term side effects out there, a drug that would help MILLIONS of people for a very low cost, a drug we cannot use…in my mind that’s like looking at the least of these and spitting in their eyes. There is a tool at hand to help, a good tool, and we won’t touch it. That angers me.
*If I were better at writing speculative fiction I’d write the alternative history in my head where the cultivation of willow trees is illegal because of all the witchcraft associations with salicylic acid. The end result being, of course, that aspirin is an illegal drug. I’d call it “Bayer with me.”
But back to Mitt and his whole thing. The main reason I’m never voting for him is his stance on that issue. But I personally believe he has arrived at that particular opinion because of his Mormon religion. For heaven’s sake, adherents to that faith don’t drink Coca-cola because of the caffeine. They’re certainly going to look askance at pretty much any drug at all. Cannaboids would doubtless fall somewhere between having sex with a pig and openly declaring love for Satan. Wait. Do LDS believe in Satan? I can’t remember.
The point being that the answer to the question is a lot more nuanced than “Will the evangelical vote for the Mormon?”
Religion and politics is such an unsavoury stew as it is. Trying to boil it down just makes it worse.