Summer Olympics

Map of Brazil showing the football competition...

Map of Brazil showing the football competition venues planned for the 2016 Summer Olympics. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Pope is in Brazil and it is winter there. That made me think of the 2016 summer games. Will the summer games be held in their summer, or the summer in the northern hemisphere? The answer is the games will held in their winter, August 5 to August 21, 2016. At least we will still get a respite during campaign season 2016. Still it is inconsiderate of northern hemisphere nations to require the host nation to host the games in their winter.

Politics and religion

Salt Lake Temple in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA....

Salt Lake Temple in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. Taken by myself with a Canon 10D and 17-40mm f/4 L lens. This is a 3 segment panorama. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Two controversial subjects in one post. Oh my.

I am an agnostic and my wife is a lapsed member of the Mormon faith. I live in the heart of Mormon country, but religion is not important to me. I remember when JFK was running for president. He was the first Catholic elected to the presidency and many people wondered if he would follow the Pope‘s orders. He didn’t.

Now the same questions are being raised about Mitt Romney. I do know that many Mormons were Democrats in the past. At some point in history, a high Mormon official wanted to run for elective office, but the Democrats already had a candidate. He decided to run as a Republican and the Church asked for volunteers to become Republican and vote for him. After that over time, more and more members of the Mormon Church became Republicans.

Living here as I do, I know of only one Democratic member of the Mormon Church. That may not be the case in Salt Lake City. I do believe that if Mitt were running as a Democrat that he would be supported by many members of the Church. How many, I do not know.

Different theology

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According to Rick Santorum, Barack Obama practices a different theology. I was raised in the Congregational church and each congregation was free to interpret the Bible as they chose. In fact, each individual could read the Bible in different ways. My parents believed that members of the Catholic church were instructed what to believe by the Pope. There are many different Protestant denominations and I suspect that each interprets the Word of God differently. That is what gives rise to religious disputes, the burning or beheading of heretics and religious wars in the past. As a practising agnostic, I am not an expert on religion. I prefer to mind my own business as long as my neighbor minds his/hers.