Bigot v. bigot

Mitt Romney has no objection to religious bigotry, as long as he’s in the in-group.

The anti-Mormon bigotry Mitt Romney faces is a disgrace to a nation whose Constitution forbids any “religious test” for public office. But don’t feel sorry for Romney; he has no objection to bigotry as long as he’s in the in-group. Presumably when he says that the country should be led by a “person of faith” he doesn’t mean someone who firmly believes in following the evidence where it leads; he means only someone who stubbornly clings to ancestral ideas and rituals.

Romney’s response makes me think of Pastor Niemoller stood on his head “When they came for me, I said, ‘Hey! I’m an Aryan, like you! The country should be ruled by Aryans! Go after those Jews instead!’

It also reminds me of my favorite Far Side cartoon: Your viewpoint is through a gunsight. The beaer in the cross-hairs, with an appeasing smile on his face, is pointing urgently at the bear next to him.

A bigot, and a coward. Feh.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com