In his October 30th Townhall.com column Michael Youssef declares:
“In America, we have the great privilege of choosing candidates based on our core values, rather than how they identify with our theological point of view.”
I’m glad to hear it. I only wish Dr. Youssef could retain this principle himself for more than a paragraph. In the very next sentence he wanders coyly into the real purpose of his article: "...one cannot help but notice the controversies that have arisen regarding the Mormon religion." Wait, it gets better.
Michael goes onto to cite six "peculiar similarities" between Islam and Mormonism.
OK. My turn to do the same parlor trick:
Last weekend I attended an exclusive meeting which, like Islam and like many Christian sacraments, depicted 1) oaths, 2) handshakes, 3) ritual chants, 4) hierarchical teachings, 5) proscribed clothing and 6) special advancement ceremonies.
You may have witnessed one of these meetings yourself – it’s called Cub Scouts. We could do this all day.
The sad part is the inherit disingenuous nature of Dr. Youssef's slight of hand. To paraphrase his article in my own words: You may have heard about this Mormon fellow running for President... no big deal of course but did you know this guy is practically a practicing Imam?
I’m exaggerating but at least I’ll admit it in print. Nowhere in the piece does Dr. Youssef identify Mitt Romney or explain why the six “parallels” (which are silly and in some points flat wrong) negate Mr. Romney’s candidacy. He concludes with an allusion to Romney’s supposed inconsistency in political thought (again without naming the candidate) with no detail to connect the six items again.
Man up, Mr. Youssef. What are you really trying to say? You imply: A) differences in theology shouldn’t matter in an election; B) but the Mormon church is basically Islam is disguise; and C) don’t vote for Mitt Romney.