I’ve heard that LDS aren’t allowed to gamble or bet, which includes playing the lottery or even making a person-to-person bet (such as on a sports game). However, I just heard Mitt Romney make a $10,000 bet with Rick Perry. What is going on, then?
What’s going on, Daniel, is that people who don’t plan to vote for Mitt Romney are poking around for ways to make him even more miserable than he already is, bless his pointy head.
And what else is going on is that Mitt is having a hard time coming up with clever verbal maneuvers to put away a Republican field that he and most American voters find utterly ludicrous.
Mitt’s been running for president since 2006, at least. It hasn’t worked yet. And he’s getting prickly about it. Is it fun to watch? No. But even less fun are attempts to make every Mitt blunder some kind of moral issue.
Yes, it is true: Mormons aren’t big gamblers, and somewhere in the handbook it says gambling is a no-no. But plenty of us put a few bucks in the office NCAA basketball pool, or play a few rounds of nickel slots when we pass through Vegas (which is, by the way, a historically Mormon town). Even a friendly $20 bet with a neighbor is nowhere near as serious a transgression as drinking a cup of coffee in the Mormon moral universe.
But Mormons are definitely allowed to talk about gambling and even to make metaphors about it.
Just like Mormons are allowed to use an idiomatic phrase like “Put that in your pipe and smoke it” without breaking the LDS prohibition against tobacco use. Or even “That guy makes me so mad, it makes me want to strangle him!” without breaking the Biblical edict against murder.
Am I voting for Mitt Romney? No. I’m a stone cold Mormon Democrat. I’m such a Democrat that I’ve already gotten two—that’s right, two— Christmas cards from the Obama White House.
But I do think that even Mitt deserves to make all the mistimed, uncharismatic, stiff debate one-liners he wants without having someone make it about his religion.
And I bet you a million dollars my readers will have something more to say. Readers?
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