One of Romney’s biggest problems, as least as I see it, is the Mormon church’s civil rights policy. Blacks were unclean. So, Tim Russert asked Mitt Romney about his church’s record on Blacks and race relations.
Russert asks: Here was the headlines in the papers in June of ’78. “Mormon Church Dissolves Black Bias. Citing new revelation from God, the president of the Mormon Church decreed for the first time black males could fully participate in church rites.” You were 31 years old, and your church was excluding blacks from full participation. Didn’t you think, “What am I doing part of an organization that is viewed by many as a racist organization?”
Romney: [snip] I can remember when, when I heard about the change being made. I was driving home from, I think, it was law school, but I was driving home, going through the Fresh Pond rotary in Cambridge, Massachusetts. I heard it on the radio, and I pulled over and, and literally wept. Even at this day it’s emotional, and so it’s very deep and fundamental in my, in my life and my most core beliefs that all people are children of God. My faith has always told me that. My faith has also always told me that, in the eyes of God, every individual was, was merited the, the fullest degree of happiness in the hereafter, and I, and I had no question in my mind that African-Americans and, and blacks generally, would have every right and every benefit in the hereafter that anyone else had and that God is no respecter of persons.
I was at the malt shop with Archie and Reggie and Sally Sue came in and told us that Blacks were okay. I was so happy. Golly gee. Really. That’s how it happened. That is so clean. So, mom and pop and apple pie. It may be true but I doubt it. If Romney has his family were so pro-civil rights, what he do in his church to push for change? Earlier he spent some time taking about how his father was a big supporter of civil rights. Really? What did he do in his church to make them see the error of their ways?
I think that Mitt Romney like most politicians is an opportunist. He has flip-flopped on abortion a couple of times. I just can’t square his abortion positions with a man of true convictions. I don’t know.