Let's cut to the chase with this jaw-dropping statement by state Rep. Judy Manning of Marietta:
“I think Mitt Romney is a nice man, but I’m afraid of his Mormon faith. It’s better than a Muslim. Of course, every time you look at the TV these days you find an ad on there telling us how normal they are. So why do they have to put ads on the TV just to convince us that they’re normal if they are normal? … If the Mormon faith adhered to a past philosophy of pluralism, multi-wives, that doesn’t follow the Christian faith of one man and one woman, and that concerns me.”
Plus, if you try to say "Normal Mormon" five times fast, it's very difficult. You just can't do it. Shouldn't that tell you something?
Funny thing is, when I worked at the MDJ, Manning seemed like one of the most moderate and level-headed of Cobb's many loopy pols. I was a little surprised when she, like many Republicans with seniority — Manning is now a seven-term veteran — was passed over for a leadership position when her party took control of the House. But then I never had occasion to probe her views on religious tolerance.
So, if not the Mormon infidel, who does she think should be president? Why, Gingrich, of course:
“He doesn’t walk on water, and he’s made some mistakes, and there are things about probably each one of the candidates that I’d say are not perfect. Nobody is. But when you look at the candidates all lined up, and the pros and the cons, I personally think Newt is the man that will lead us into the brightest future of the United States of America for everybody.”
And how do the MDJ's mostly conservative readers feel about Manning's remarks? Here's a sampling:
"Judy Manning's comments concerning Mitt Romney's faith demonstrate that she is unfit to hold office herself. What she doesn't seem to understand is that we are a secular nation, that we believe in freedom of conscience, and no matter what faith a person holds, as long as that person swears allegiance to support, defend and preserve the Constitution first, that is what matters. I am definitely not a Romney supporter, but to inject his religion into the debate, especially when he hasn't made it an issue, is despicable. Perhaps Manning should take some time and read the Constitution and case law, and read up on the history of this country."
And my fave:
"Judy Manning needs a better PR person. This article makes her look totally ignorant. Maybe she is."
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