The fine line Mitt Romney walks to stay true to his religious convictions and run for president of the United States seems to have disappeared. This week Romney shared the stage with billionaire casino owners Donald Trump and Sheldon Adelson. Both men earn huge sums of money from gambling and casino operations. They have both pledged to support Mitt Romney in his campaign by giving him huge amounts of money. In politics, people don't give money to candidates unless the candidates can do something for them. What will Mitt Romney do for the gambling and casino industry?
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints website reads. "Gambling is motivated by a desire to get something for nothing." It goes on to read "The desire is spiritually destructive." The LDS Church will not accept tithing contributions from gambling winnings. The irony is that in part, gambling winnings are fueling Mitt Romney's campaign for president.
Mitt Romney's ability to set aside moral convictions to advance his political goals are troubling. Why, because the world is watching not only Mitt Romney but the LDS Church. Mitt Romney will be fine. He can change his position on gambling to fit his agenda. The LDS Church can't change its position on gambling. It has to stay true to its convictions.