Quantcast
Connect with us

“Magic undies”? Really?

Published

on

Dear Fellow Progressives:

Consider this a rant.

For years now, you’ve accepted and been supportive of me and my faith, down to and including the multicolored beanies on my husband’s and son’s heads (and the scarf on my own) when we say our prayers.

But lately I’ve been hearing a lot of giggling and guffawing about someone else’s ritual garments: Mitt Romney’s.

Sneering at Romney’s sacred underwear, known among Mormons as their “garment,” is no better than sneering at my husband’s kipa. Calling them “magic undies” is not witty, it’s not original, and it’s not Progressive. It’s mean-spirited, it’s divisive, and it flies smack in the face of the kind of difference-accepting, diversity-seeking culture that is the hallmark of both this country and our movement.

ADVERTISEMENT

I’ll be honest: I don’t get Mormonism. But then, I don’t get a lot of religions, sometimes not even my own. But do you know what we can do when we don’t “get” something? Educate ourselves.

In the official LDS explanation of Mormons’ garments (“Mormon Underwear“), we learn that

ADVERTISEMENT

Garments are a symbolic gesture of the promises that Mormons have made to God. The garment is always worn under other clothing, next to the skin…. It serves as a constant reminder of the covenants made [before God in temple rituals].

Mormons believe in being “in the world, but not of it,” and the garment helps in privately yet consistently setting temple-going Mormons apart from the world.

Well golly. That sounds an awful lot like why Jews cover their heads, which is to demonstrate yirat shamayim — reverence, or awe, before the Almighty. Indeed, for Orthodox Jewish men (and some other Jews), there’s an additional garment called a tzizit, which is worn under the shirt, next to the skin, with four tassels hanging out — a constant, physical reminder to live a holy life, and further distinguish the wearer from the surrounding world. Huh. Fancy that.

ADVERTISEMENT

I know you don’t like Mitt Romney. I don’t like him either. I don’t want him to be President, and indeed, I’d rather not even have to hear his voice again. But it has nothing to do with how, or why, or even if he worships his Creator, and everything to do with the fact that his political philosophy is one that devalues people and privileges wealth over shared human dignity. I’m also rather put off by all the lying.

I further know that a lot of you are agnostics or atheists, and think that religion of any kind is a towering pile of nonsense set against a backdrop of flaming hoohah. That’s fine. I respect your right to have no faith. But I do not, and will never, respect your right to disrespect me.

Or Mormons.

ADVERTISEMENT

You don’t like the notion of sacred garments? Don’t wear them.

But if you want to defeat Mitt Romney, please do so based on the facts of his political life, not your interpretation of a faith system in which you have no share.

Crossposted at Emily L. Hauser In My Head.

Report typos and corrections to [email protected].
READ COMMENTS - JOIN THE DISCUSSION
Continue Reading

Breaking Banner

GOP looks like it’s in a ‘state of panic’ after labeling combat veteran a ‘socialist loser’ for running as a Democrat: columnist

Published

on

Republicans in Cincinnati, Ohio, may have overstepped the boundaries of poor taste, calling a former Air Force pilot a "socialist loser."

As columnist Jason Williams writes in the Cincinnati Enquirer, the GOP majorly flubbed their campaign against the Democrat.

"Yeesh, not a good look for the Trump Party," Williams writes. "Democrat Nikki Foster is neither a socialist nor a loser, from what little we know about the Mason moderate after she launched her campaign in Ohio's 1st Congressional District on Monday."

Continue Reading

Breaking Banner

Nebraska woman attacks local Spider-Man statue as a ‘hate crime’ against Christianity after mistaking it for Satan

Published

on

A resident of Lincoln, Nebraska this week publicly slammed her city for committing a purported "hate crime" against Christianity because she mistook a statue of Spider-Man located at a local zoo for a statue of Satan.

The Lincoln Journal-Star reports that an offended Christian woman wrote an email to Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird demanding that he remove a statue depicting Spider-Man's hands spinning a web, as she believed the statue depicted devil horns.

Continue Reading
 

Breaking Banner

‘The worst thing he’s done’: GOP insider freaks out about what Trump’s racist attacks mean for 2020

Published

on

A Republican Party insider has told the Washington Examiner's David Drucker that President Donald Trump's racist attacks against four Democratic congresswomen are doing real damage to his efforts to get reelected in 2020.

In particular, GOP insiders fear the president is permanently driving away the suburban women and college-educated white voters that he will need to secure any kind of victory next year, as these voters will not want to be associated with overt racism.

Continue Reading
 
 
 

Copyright © 2019 Raw Story Media, Inc. PO Box 21050, Washington, D.C. 20009 | Masthead | Privacy Policy | For corrections or concerns, please email [email protected]

close-image