The daughter of Billy Graham, Anne Graham Lotz, spoke about the nature of religion and politics on yesterday’s Meet the Press.
At one point, host David Gregory asked her about the likelihood of Evangelical Christians voting for the Mormon candidate, Mitt Romney:
David Gregory: … Evangelicals… are deeply suspicious of Mormons and the Mormon faith and do not consider them to be Christian… [With] the likelihood now of a Mormon Republican nominee, is there not an opportunity for more national understanding and more of a discussion about the Mormon faith when you have the standard bearer of one of our two major political parties of that shape?
Anne Graham Lotz: … You can learn from that something of how his religion drives him… I think… the discussion of religion is almost a smoke screen and a diversion from the real issue. And that’s the policies. And there’s a [clear] choice I think this fall between the way the nation’s going to be led. And that’s what I think we ought to be looking at. Not so much… the religions preference of a particular person.
I’m not sure we should completely ignore Romney’s Mormonism, but to say, “Let’s put aside his religious beliefs and focus on his potential policies” instead? That actually makes some sense!
But then take a look at Lotz later in the same program:
Lotz: … I still think we need to look at the policies. [But] I would not vote for a man who was atheist because I believe you… need to have acknowledgment, a reverence, a fear for almighty God. And I believe that’s where wisdom comes from.
So, to paraphrase: “We should only look at candidates’ policies, not their religious beliefs. But if those candidates are atheists, fuck ’em.”
Because, FSM forbid you have a candidate who obtains wisdom from science and critical thinking instead of any number of holy books written thousands of years ago.
You know, I would have at least understood if she said, “I can only vote for a Christian to be president.” But to say she would vote for any religious person? Anyone who believes in any higher power, as ridiculous as it might be? Because that, to her, makes more sense than voting for someone who lives in reality?!
And remember: Bill Graham is constantly paraded around as someone who is not political. The guy who stresses Jesus over Christianism. The guy who is less crazy than Pat Robertson, less political than James Dobson, less misogynistic than Mark Driscoll.
But, as Anne Graham Lotz shows, the family’s commitment to delusion is as strong as ever.