Our Georgia politicians are known for sticking their feet into their mouths. The same can be said for State Rep. Judy Manning (R-Marietta), who earlier this week noted she feared GOP Presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s Mormon faith:
By contrast, Manning believes Rick Santorum doesn’t have the seasoning to unseat Obama, and Mitt Romney concerns her.
“I think Mitt Romney is a nice man, but I’m afraid of his Mormon faith,” Manning said. “It’s better than a Muslim. Of course, every time you look at the TV these days you find an ad on there telling us how normal they are. So why do they have to put ads on the TV just to convince us that they’re normal if they are normal? … If the Mormon faith adhered to a past philosophy of pluralism, multi-wives, that doesn’t follow the Christian faith of one man and one woman, and that concerns me.”
Romney is also a flip-flopper, Manning said.
“When he was the governor of Massachusetts he performed 100 — and I’m not sure this number is right, but my mind says it’s about 180 gay marriages — and now, when he is running as president on the Republican ticket, he says that marriage is between a man and a woman,” Manning said.
Better than Islam, but not as good as Christianity and those who accept Jesus Christ as one’s savior, eh? Realizing that not everyone subscribes to Christian supremacist political ideology, Manning turned to social media and apologized for her statements. Her status on her Facebook page:
I have made a terrible mistake with my reckless words. In an attempt to compare Romney and Obama, a seasoned reported manipulated my comparison using verbal judo and made my choice for a Republican Presidential candidate appear to be motivated by religion. NOT SO!
I am supporting Newt Gingrich because he is the smartest, most qualified man for the job. I believe he is the only candidate that can turn this economy around. In the 2012 elections, I believe constituents should focus on the crucial issues plaguing our nation; Foreign Policy, Healthcare, the Economy and Education. While I believe Newt Gingrich is the best choice for President, I can assure you, I will be supporting whomever wins the support of Republican America on the ballot in 2012.
Elizabeth Kubler Ross said, “I believe that we are solely responsible for our choices, and we have to accept the consequences of every deed, word, and thought throughout our lifetime.” These are words to live by. I sincerely apologize to Mitt Romney and for offending people of Mormon faith.
Of course, it’s always the media’s fault when a politician’s bigotry comes to light. At least she include the “if anyone was offended by my comments” at the end of her apology.
I’m still a little disturbed by the “better than Muslim” comment, though. What exactly makes one religion “better” than the other? This sort of religious bigotry and pandering to extreme Christians within the ultra-conservative wing of the Republican Party is nothing short of repugnant. It also speaks to a divide and conquer mentality conservative Republican politicians, specifically in my state of Georgia, have utilized in the post 9-11 era.
Creating an us vs. them dichotomy between Christians/Jews and the other religions they view as flawed and dangerous to our Judeo-Christian way of life has been the main way Republicans have been able to lobby for civil liberties violations against Muslims. It’s also been the most prudent way Republicans have been able to take advantage of voters’ bigotry, often stemming from ignorance and bias, and win their hearts, minds and votes to put their own bigotry and bias into action via harmful legislation.
The sad thing about Manning’s religious hatred is it won’t change her constituents’ perception of her and her ability to fight for the interest of all residents in her district. Manning will most likely be re-elected as her supporters are more than happy to have someone like them in a position where she can put their bias and ignorance into laws designed to support the domination of those who subscribe to the Christian supremacist world viewpoint.