By Bill Maher
Andrew Sullivan was on the show Friday, and he's written several blog posts on The Daily Dish wondering why the media never asked Romney to be more specific about his Mormon faith, especially the part about not allowing blacks into the priesthood and temple ceremonies until 1978.
Sure, they had their prophecy in '78, but the old blacks-are-cursed-by-God stuff is still in their books, and Romney apparently believed it until he was in his thirties. Maybe he still believes it. It's not like they erased the passages in the Mormon literature. Why didn't a journalist ask Romney about this during the election?
The standard line about this stuff is that "religion is off limits," which makes no sense because religion is just something someone believes, the same as their belief on abortion or tax cuts or any other issue. Maybe whether a candidate has Type O blood or is a Sagittarius or enjoys a finger in his butt during sex is irrelevant, but a system of beliefs that informs one's entire moral code?
Why are Mormons against gay marriage? Jealousy? No, it's because of their religion. Because of their religion, gays in California can't get married. Why should this be "off limits" to journalists?
As Andrew points out, if Obama belonged to a church that preached for decades that whites were inferior, don't you think it might become an issue?
Every week, Bill lays down his own laws. Here is the latest set of New Rules from the last episode:
New Rule: Now that the election is over, Mitt Romney's Etch A Sketch must be treated for exhaustion. Its face is cracked, its knobs are chafed, and its backside has just had too many things pulled out of it.
New Rule: Now that we know all of Nate Silver's election predictions were right and based on facts, and all of Fox News' election predictions were wrong and based on a tingly feeling Sean Hannity gets in his taint...from now on, when Fox News reports on anything of consequence, they have to keep cutting away to a shot of Sarah Palin winking.
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