August 31, 2012
Coverage of the RNC and especially of Mitt the Mormon prompted me to write this off to the Editor of the NP today...
“Theatre of the Absurd” came to mind last night while I watched coverage of the Republican National Convention. The players in this production were long on rhetoric and short on substance. Hearing promises to create jobs, fix schools, and restore the American dream with no definitive plan to execute is tiresome. But more shocking than all of that was the description of “Mitt the Mormon.” He seems to have been there for hurting families, unemployed workers and new neighbours alike. Does he walk on water occasionally as well? Here in Canada, where religion is never to influence one’s politics, and never thought to qualify the character of a leader, the conversation about faith would never take place. Witness the recent brouhaha over Prime Minister Harper’s Christian and Missionary Alliance connections. Religion, apparently, is here to stay. It makes me think that learning to talk about issues of faith more thoughtfully and intelligently might be a good thing for us careful Canadians.
Jeff Groenewald is the Director of Development & Strategy at Context TV
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