Mitt and religion
: The Globe’s beat reporters aren’t letting go of the Mitt/BYU story
. Mitt’s responses haven’t been too sharp, but, under questioning, he finally blurted out: ''It's a church college and its positions are exactly that of the church.” Exactly the point: People can still support their church (such as the relationship of American Catholics to Rome) without agreeing to each and every one of its dictates. But, no, Chris Gabrieli, Shannon’s running mate and attack dog on this sensitive issue, declared yesterday: ''You buy into the whole package when you make a donation." OK, Chris, then it’s gloves off on Catholics, right? JFK should have been held accountable in 1960 for his church’s teachings because he more than once plunked a nickel in the old collection basket, right Chris? ... Brian McGrory
rips into the issue, also noting the same uncomfortable analogy that could just as easily apply to Catholics and Catholicism. ... But it's not over. They’re now holding Mitt’s feet to the fire for serving on the board of the ... Boy Scouts.
Postscript: The Herald, as far as Hub Blog can determine from its online edition, isn’t touching the story.
Postscript postscript: A terrific analysis
of the Romney campaign by Seth Gitell. (And, no, he doesn't bring up the BYU issue.)
Reader responds: John of Medford sent this email: "Why don't they just attack Mitt, a bishop within the Mormon church, for supporting church doctrines in general? Why this attack on his donation to BYU? Perhaps it's because the former is too obvious."