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Romney used his faith for control and power

A recent New York Times article on Mitt Romney illustrated a point I’ve tried to make over and over: That economic elites primarily see religion as a tool of control and power over others.

Now that he’s trying for the Republican nomination for president, stories are coming out about him, and it’s normal that among the explorations that have been published is a look at his religious beliefs, and how he put them into action.

Political candidates love to tell us that they’re just simple believers, but they often turn out to have aggressively sought leadership positions in religious organizations because this gives them an opportunity to be in control over other believers and enforce their will upon them. Some people get the compassionate side, and others get the harsh discipline.

Either way, it sure looks good on a resume for public office.

In the Times article, it becomes clear that, as one woman put it,

“Mitt is the type who liked to be called Bishop Romney or President Romney,” said Judy Dushku, a professor of government at Suffolk University in Boston and a Mormon feminist leader. “He is very conscious of his place in the hierarchy, but not yours.”

He had been advanced to a position of power and authority over others, and it was his way or the highway. Indeed, the article notes that one of his jobs was to make that those who were overwhelmed by their life responsibilities and their religious responsibilities were not given a break from the latter.

Being wealthy and well-connected, he could enforce his will on lesser believers and make them toe his line.

That’s the way it’s always been, and that’s the way it always will be.

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October 17, 2011 - Posted by | Living in the modern age, Politics | , , , , , , ,

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