A reader sent a stirring account of Romney’s speech at the Red Rocks amphitheater outside Denver, in which the audience of 10,000 was tremendously moved and so was Romney. Then, back stage, Romney stepped away from the crowd of supporters to be alone for a moment, the crowd sensed something extraordinary happening, and Romney prayed to God aloud. I found it all very inspiring, but also questionable, and I replied to the reader:
This was an e-mail without an author’s name attached to it that was sent to a blogger and posted by him. No offense intended, but as far as publishable journalism is concerned, this is cr*p.UPDATE, October 26, 4:06 p.m.:
I see that Lucianne Goldberg has posted the anonymous e-mail as though it were legitimate journalism. And it has led many of her commenters to dissolve in thankful tears that God has chosen such a wonderful man to be our president. Such is the suggestibility and sentimentalism of the Republican base.
Only one L-dotter sees through the obvious unbelievability of the story:
Reply 32—Posted by: paloalto, 10/25/2012 6:47:35 PMIt’s like the story of George Washington kneeling in the snow and praying at Valley Forge. It’s possible that Washington, though he believed more in Providence than the God of Christianity, did pray during those desperate days. But that he would do it publicly and so dramatically (kneeling in the snow before the eyes of his officers and soldiers) would be totally out of character for him and is not believable.
I cannot argue with your reply. But I put my faith in God:Ran M. writes:
I agree with you that the prayer attributed to Romney is a fabrication. As a Mormon, I can attest that the “quoted” prayer is not a Mormon-style prayer. Mormons are taught to pray to God in the name of Jesus Christ, so our prayers often start with “Dear Heavenly Father,” and end, virtually without exception, with “In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.”LA replies:
Well, that disposes me more favorably to Mormonism, since in the traditional Christian liturgy all prayers are addressed to the Father, in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ. I believe low church Protestants and evangelicals pray directly to Jesus.
Posted by Lawrence Auster at October 26, 2012 11:59 AM | Send