Mormons Plan Fast to Give Romney Edge in Debates: MITCHELL LANDSBERG
The Roundtable Open Forum # 95
THE ROUNDTABLE OPEN FORUM # 95
Politics is at best an imprecise science. Who knows what goes into an election victory? Was it the economy? Was it the advertising? Was it personal magnetism? Was it … the fast?
If Mitt Romney wins the presidency on November 6, 2012, consider the last of those.
A group of his fellow Mormons is organizing a fast Sunday, September 30, 2012) so "that he will be blessed in the debates" with President Obama, which begin on Wednesday, October 3, 2012.
"I know that fasting and praying brings about miracles," reads an email reportedly sent by a fast organizer. "I also know of no power greater than our Father in Heaven."
Calls for a miracle may suggest some level of anxiety among Romney supporters, as his standings erode in a number of nationwide polls. The Salt Lake Tribune reported that some fast supporters have also suggested putting Romney's name on the "temple prayer roll," "which is typically reserved for those who are sick."
THE ROUNDTABLE OPEN FORUM # 95
Fasting as a short-cut to achieving material goals and benefits, or spiritual brownie-points, is a path abhorred in Sikhi.
To find out why, it may be worth exploring this latest attempt to resuscitate Mitt Romney through supernatural methods.
POINTS TO PONDER
If mere fasting can work in improving Romney's performances in the presidential debates, then why not go for broke and pray for his victory in the electioon itself?
If that can work, why not pray for the eradication of hunger in the world? Even world peace, maybe?
Or can God only handle small projects, one at a time? Is it that we shouldn't overwhelm Him with too big a demand?
"I ... know of no power greater than our Father in Heaven", says the e-mail, as cited above.Well?
Surely, then, we can ask for more, can't we?
Would like to hear what our readers think about this method which, if it really works, will obviate forever the need to do anything in life ... other than fast.
And feasting, from time to time. Because, after all, you can't fast if you haven't first feasted, can you?
September 29, 2012
Conversation about this article
1: Hairnder (Uttar Pradesh, India), September 29, 2012, 3:41 PM.
I wish wannabe-president Romney success, irrespective of the power of fasting.
2: Baldev Singh (Bradford, United Kingdom), September 29, 2012, 4:16 PM.
What the world needs is a secular US President who can use the US Defence budget to feed, educate and ween the world off religion, poverty and illiteracy ... all of which have given us billions of divided, blood-thirsty and oil-hungry humans!
3: Kulwant Singh (U.S.A.), September 29, 2012, 8:49 PM.
Just ask the starving children in India if fasting gains God's favor.
4: Dr Birinder Singh Ahluwalia (Toronto, Ontario, Canada), September 29, 2012, 10:09 PM.
There is no harm to look towards the heavens when you are down, and up against formidable odds, we all do it - however the issue here is the favor Romney's supporters are seeking. They should be reminded that Romney claimed to not care for 47 % of his country folk, something the heavens would certainly endorse?
5: Jaspreet (Surrey, British Columbia, Canada), October 06, 2012, 7:43 AM.
I hope Romney doesn't win because I don't support his party. However, I see nothing wrong with the Mormans fasting for him if they wish though I personally believe these fasts will have no effect. I find the Mormans a unique bunch. One of their sects believes in polygamous marriages. We have a colony of them living nearby in British Columbia. The media and provincial government were on the bandwagon against their polygamy recently. I think they feel quite marginalized and stigmatized though they keep separate anyway. I don't like it when the media and politicians get after any minority. One thing Mormons have in common with Sikhs is the prohibition against alcohol. I believe it was a religion founded in America. I used to live in an area in Ontario where a lot of them came from America and tried to convert all of us "brown" folks in the area. Most were nice. There was one I was rude to because he tried to interrupt me while I was talking on my cell phone, trying to convert me. That is dedication though. If only Sikhs were that dedicated to telling the world about Sikhism.