Why all the discussion lately over whether religion belongs in politics? Because some Conservative Christian (probably Compassionate, too) said Mormons don't qualify.
This is just one in a long line of events: Where was the outrage when Bush, Perry, Palin, Bachmann, Huckabee, etc., etc., were playing up their religiosity as political qualifications? The Republican National Convention has become a fundamentalist vetting party. Religion mattered very much when Obama was a "Muslim". Certainly, every Glenn Beck fan must believe that religion should be a factor in political decisions.
Excerpt from Americans United for Separation of Church & State, a 501(c) nonprofit organized in 1947:
"Tonight's event...., "Divine Destiny," is billed by Beck.....(as) take(ing) a "look at the role faith played in the founding of America and the role it will play again in its destiny." In reality, a major goal of Beck's rallies is to undermine the Founding Fathers' vision of a nation where government and religion are kept separate. Beck propagates a revisionist historical perspective that says America is an officially religious state. Mainline Christians, Muslims, non-believers and other Americans who fail to meet Beck's religious test are often maligned."
It is pathetic that many LDS only detect and object to such behavior when they feel victimized. For Glenn Beck fans (or passive tolerators) to complain now is like a big fat bully expecting the nerds to rush to his rescue because a bigger, fatter bully moved into the neighborhood. Religion patently does NOT belong in politics. Those of us who have stood by that belief through thick and thin are being treated to one heck of a back-peddling, name calling, knock down - drag out fight now.
This situation was created by the uber-religious, for the uber-religious and it is perpetuated by the uber-religious (and their passive tolerators). Guess who can stop it?