NYT columnist slams Mormon garments, tells people to stay out of others’ britches

posted at 11:35 am on February 24, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

New York Times columnist Charles Blow may be their leading purveyor of irony — of the unintentional variety.  Jim Geraghty and Hugh Hewitt both caught this missive from Blow’s Twitter feed, in which he slams Mitt Romney for his concerns over the eruption of children born out of wedlock in the past 50 years and what that means for American society.  In response, Blow slams Romney’s religion, telling him to “stick [his concerns] in your magic underwear”:

Geraghty points out that the entire media world just became unhinged over a copy editor’s gaffe at ESPN in writing a headline for Jeremy Lin:

We just witnessed ESPN firing an employee for using the phrase “chink in the armor” in a headline about the New York Knicks’ Jeremy Lin. While no one could prove a desire to mock Lin’s ethnic heritage, and the employee expressed great regret for what he insisted was an unthinking lapse, it was deemed unacceptable even as an honest mistake. Regardless of what one thinks of ESPN’s reaction, one is left to marvel at the contrast before us. Would the New York Times find it acceptable if one of their columnists chose to mock Muslim religious practices? Jewish faith practices?

But mocking some religions is okay? Doesn’t run afoul of any standards of the paper?

Hmm.

Hugh Hewitt devoted two posts to this, the first also drawing the comparison to ESPN’s situation:

Blow has long been understood to lack talent, but that he was a bigot is news to me and I suspect many of his readers.  Geraghty wonders if the Times will be as severe with Blow as ESPN was with its headline writer.  Not a chance.  Anti-LDS bigotry, like anti-Catholic bigotry, is acceptable among hard left elites.

He then got Romney’s reaction to it, which was mostly to dismiss it as part of the normal media bias:

HH: Governor, I’ve got to start with something that’s mildly distasteful. Last night during the debate, New York Times columnist, Charles Blow, tweeted the following: Let me just tell you this, Mitt “Muddle-Mouth”, I’m a single parent, my kids are amazing, stick that in your magic underwear. Now I know you’re not surprised by hostility from the New York Times, and I know you’re not surprised by anti-Mormon bigotry. But are you surprised by anti-Mormon bigotry in a New York Times columnist’s tweets?

MR: That is a little surprising, I must admit. I guess we’re finding out for the first time that the media is somewhat biased.

HH: (laughing) But do you expect, a lot of people worry that if you’re the nominee, and increasingly, it looks like you will be, that the Obama campaign, operating with the mainstream media, will unleash a lot of anti-LDS stuff on you? How are you preparing for that, Governor?

MR: You know, I don’t think that will be particularly helpful for their cause. The truth of the matter is they’ve got a lot of ways to attack our nominee. They’re going to make their attacks on a personal basis. They really have a hard time defending President Obama on the basis of his economic record, on the basis of his foreign policy record, particularly given the developments in Iran, as well as just mismanagement of Iraq and Afghanistan. So they’re going to make personal attacks. I think it’s going to wear very, very badly, and the American people are not going to line up for that kind of, if you will, divisiveness and demonization of fellow Americans.

For me, I’m less outraged by Blow’s comment than amused by it.  How exactly does one demand that Romney stay out of his personal life while at the same time attacking and mocking his religious beliefs — especially one that, in the case of Mormon garments, have nothing at all to do with public policy?  That’s not just outrageous, it’s hypocritical and idiotic, too.  Even Blow seems to have realized that much; he apologized for the comment today.

But that was far from the only idiocy in Blow’s Twitter feed at the time.  Blow was apparently incensed over the Republican opposition to the HHS contraception mandate, and offered this bit of political advice:

I hate this Republican hypocrisy on sexual issues. Want to tell you what to do while they’re privately tap dancing under a bathroom stall…

Mind your own vagina. Don’t have one? Well, that should inform how much you have to say abt the health choices of those who do.#realtalk

Tell me — does the New York Times or Charles Blow have any grasp of this issue at all?  Republicans have argued all along that contraception should remain a private choice.  No one has argued to restrict access to contraception, and as the long-term CDC study shows, no one has trouble accessing contraception now.  None of the Republicans have even suggested reducing Title X federal funds, which provide assistance to poor women seeking contraception.

The HHS mandate forces employers to provide contraception for free.  In other words, it’s people like Blow who want employers to reach into their pockets and make the genitalia of their employees a corporate matter rather than a private matter.  Democrats and New York Times columnists want to pretend this is about privacy, but it’s actually the opposite — government forcing employers to be responsible for funding sexual activities of their employees.  On top of that, Blow then implies that the only people who can legitimately discuss and debate the issue are those without a Y chromosome, even though the policy forces everyone but the woman involved to pay for her contraception.

Heck, Blow and the New York Times don’t understand democracy, let alone this issue.  It’s ironic that it’s Republicans that want to stay out of people’s underwear, and Blow who seems obsessed with it, but it’s not the only irony in this story.

Update: Be sure to read Ace’s Twitter feed.  It’s hilarious … and NSFW, naturally.


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It was epic. Ace at his best.

HuskerNate on February 24, 2012 at 11:56 AM

Yep. That’s the perfect way to handle those dolts. Blow didn’t stand a chance, and now he’s an object of ridicule. Can’t wait till his next column comes out. I’ll bet Ace and his posse are lying in wait.

a capella on February 24, 2012 at 2:14 PM

Romney will also have problems with non-whites due to the racist beliefs of the ‘founder/creator’ of the Mormon religion (i.e., Joseph Smith).

More correctly, the perception of racist beliefs, (created mostly by professional anti-Mormons.) I might suggest the Black LDS web site for a more balanced discussion.

Confutus on February 24, 2012 at 2:51 PM

Why are Republicans, conservative Republicans in particular, drinking the Left’s cool-aid????

At Republican debates, moderated by Liberals, and in most Republican interviews, done by Liberals, the theme being driven is religion, sexual orientation, ‘fair’ taxes, and contraception. What are Republicans doing? Answering the questions and pushing this even higher in the news cycles!!!

How stupid can we be??????? We try to be polite, nonargumentative, or confrontational. Hey, how’s that working so far?

Republicans, and especially our candidates, need to drive home, LOUDLY:
a. The economy, and how it can be fixed.
b. Gas prices, why it’s going to $5 or $6 a gallon, and how it can be fixed.
c. Tax structure and how it needs to involve all Americans (NOT going into ‘fair’ because taxes have NEVER been ‘fair’!!!).
d. Fast and Furious, and demand a full investigation.
e. Unconstitutional appointments and demand Congress address this NOW!
f. How ‘Green’ technology is sucking the country dry.
g. And pounding home the gaffs and lies from this president, on video, over and over.

Instead, Republicans are eating our own!!! It’s INSANE! Right after the convention we will see Republicans in hundreds of ads – all supporting Obama and desparaging the Republican presidential candidate.

Republicans, again especially strongly conservative Republicans, are demanding a candidate that is 100% conservative. Dead presidents are perfect – living candidates, all of them, are NOT perfect. Every candidate suggested, running and not running, have been pillaged because they don’t meet this perfect standard.

Good work! Are you REALLY prepared for another 4 years of Barack Obama? I’m a conservative Republican, but I’m also a realist. The perfect candidate does not exist, living or dead. We take what we have, deal with it, and begin taking the Congress and White House back!

The first step is to drive OUR points – NOT what Liberals want to talk about.

SubDoc on February 24, 2012 at 2:54 PM

It’s normal for one religious sect to say other are fake.

When I was a kid in Catholic school, we were taught to look down on the poor, misguided protestants, because Catholicism was the only “true religion,” and only its adherents would get into heaven.

It’s clear to me that many evangelicals dislike Mormons and that some would refuse to vote for Romney based solely on his religion. Which, unlike Santorum, he has NOT allowed to influence his political career. And that’s the way it should be.

I don’t care what God or gods people choose to worship, as long as they don’t use their religion as an excuse to murder the “infidels.”

BTW, for the dimwitted here, Romney was being sarcastic about the media revealing itself as biased “for the first time.” Note HH’s laughter.

Blow is afraid Mitt might send his hero packing next November. Aside from that, he’s just your typical NYT idiot.

Meredith on February 24, 2012 at 2:57 PM

When I was a kid in Catholic school, we were taught to look down on the poor, misguided protestants, because Catholicism was the only “true religion,” and only its adherents would get into heaven.

Meredith on February 24, 2012 at 2:57 PM

I was raised Catholic and went to Catholic elementary and high school. I was never taught anything like that. I suppose it depends on the region.

darwin on February 24, 2012 at 3:07 PM

TEA PARTY SHAKE-UPs and CA SHAKEDOWNsMark Meckler and 2 other patriots resign from deeply flawed national organization; California billionaire try to impose tax hikes on “the little people”.

Mutnodjmet on February 24, 2012 at 3:10 PM

I can’t see his tweets, he blocked me just because I declared him Hero of the Vulva

Splendid!

rubberneck on February 24, 2012 at 3:36 PM

Ok this was a nice discussion about religious preferences but can we get back to Obama and the economy now?

WyoMike on February 24, 2012 at 3:45 PM

Blow is jealous because he doesn’t have any special underwear.

sadatoni on February 24, 2012 at 3:50 PM

How exactly does one demand that Romney stay out of his personal life while at the same time attacking and mocking his religious beliefs

It’s not difficult for people possessing double-digit IQs

Shay on February 24, 2012 at 4:08 PM

You cannot be anti-Christian and anti-Mormon at the same time.

Mormons are not Christians.

liberal4life on February 24, 2012 at 1:18 PM

You are correct . . .and that is precisely why many Christians (evangelical and otherwise) will NEVER vote for Romney. . . Romney will also have problems with non-whites due to the racist beliefs of the ‘founder/creator’ of the Mormon religion (i.e., Joseph Smith). It is what it is.

Pragmatic on February 24, 2012 at 1:29 PM

Yeah. Um.

Mormons worship the Jesus Christ that arrived in Jerusalem, as described in the KJV Bible. We do so in a manner as consistent with that Bible as we can. We believe and assert (as we have since the beginning) that He is the only begotten Son of God, and that He died on the cross to atone for the sins of mankind and was resurrected three days later.

So if that makes us non-Christian… who exactly are you worshipping? :)

I know — you’re worshipping Jesus. Same as me. And I respect that. In fact, it would be deeply disrespectful of me to say that you are worshipping a “fake” Jesus. Or that your statements of faith are just a smokescreen. See how that works?

And Joseph Smith’s primary assertion was that he was a prophet called by Jesus Christ, and is considered neither the founder or creator of the LDS church. If you want a demonstration of that, go look at LDS scriptures in even a cursory way. Or jus the name of the church itself.

And the beliefs of Joseph Smith about race?

“…they came into the world slaves, mentally and physically. Change their situation with the whites, and they would be like them. They have souls, and are subjects of salvation.”
Joseph Smith, History of the Church, Vol. 5, page 217

“Petition, also, ye goodly inhabitants of the slave states, your legislators to abolish slavery by the year 1850, or now, and save the abolitionist from reproach and ruin, and infamy and shame. Pray Congress to pay every man a reasonable price for his slaves out of the surplus revenue arising from the sale of the public lands, and from the deduction of pay from the members of Congress. Break off the shackles from the poor black man, and hire him to labor like other human beings; for an hour of virtuous liberty is worth a whole eternity of bondage.”
Joseph Smith, History of the Church, Vol. 3, p. 26 (1844) (11 years before Ralph Waldo Emerson made materially the same statement)

Prufrock on February 24, 2012 at 4:37 PM

It must be a democrat thing, this fascination with men’s skivvies. Remember the out of nowhere question “boxers or briefs” for clinton

dunce on February 24, 2012 at 5:00 PM

To Mr. Blow’s credit, he is a single parent of two. Contrarily, is he a bigoted poofter with a mean streak and a giant irresponsible megaphone called the NYT. This fails to mention his unfortunate last name given his predispositions. What a horrible burden that must have been when growing up. Sad but perhaps telling given his current preoccupation with another man’s underwear.

Mason on February 24, 2012 at 5:08 PM

It’s normal for one religious sect to say others are fake. Just like tribes claim to be “The People.”

tuffy on February 24, 2012 at 2:01 PM

That’s not true. I do not consider other Christian traditions “fake”—not at all. What you call “sects” are actually different traditions. Don’t assume knowledge where there is none. Someone out there will know you’re faking it.

Some tribes claim to be “The People”? What people? They think the rest of humanity are potted plants? This makes no sense.

Portia46 on February 24, 2012 at 5:47 PM

Romney will also have problems with non-whites due to the racist beliefs of the ‘founder/creator’ of the Mormon religion (i.e., Joseph Smith).

Come on now, when have Republicans ever had problems with the non-white vote?

Oracleforhire on February 24, 2012 at 5:52 PM

To Mr. Blow’s credit, he is a single parent of two. Contrarily, is he a bigoted poofter with a mean streak and a giant irresponsible megaphone called the NYT. This fails to mention his unfortunate last name given his predispositions. What a horrible burden that must have been when growing up. Sad but perhaps telling given his current preoccupation with another man’s underwear.

Mason on February 24, 2012 at 5:08 PM

Were you equally outraged when the NYT put the Pope into someone’s bed? Or when the Cross was photographed in a bottle of urin?

Sorry Mormons, but you and all your beliefs are going to be put under the microscope. Did you really believe you would be spared? I think I tried to warn you when everyone was singing the “He’s electable” song. Mormons on these blogs are right now calling Santorum an “extremist religious zealot” and making hilarious jokes about him and his wife and their sexual lives. I remember well the Mormon attacks on Newt Gingrich and his wife.

If you want to know more about Mormon garmants go here: utlm.org

Or if you want questions answered, go to exmormon.org Those people are very helpful in sorting out customs and myths and the true history.

It’s an interesting sect.

Portia46 on February 24, 2012 at 5:55 PM

Some tribes claim to be “The People”? What people? They think the rest of humanity are potted plants? This makes no sense.

Portia46 on February 24, 2012 at 5:47 PM

It is common historical knowledge that a majority of primal people thought of their people as “the People” or “the Chosen Ones”. The original poster seems well-aware of this fact, whereas, you don’t seem to have a clue.

Oracleforhire on February 24, 2012 at 5:57 PM

Prufrock on February 24, 2012 at 4:37 PM

Try old Bring ‘em Young for some real shockers. You can also find some stuff from the 50′s, 60′s, 70′s that sound like the KKK in their prime.

Portia46 on February 24, 2012 at 5:59 PM

Wow, the Mormon bigots are finally out of the closet. You say Joseph Smith was a racist and believed in slavery? I offer no counter-arguement, it’s a fact. However, back then most people were racist. In fact, throughout most of history, people believed in slavery; no race is excempt—especially the black race. Who do you think sold blacks to the slave traders? Do you really think Christians cannot be attacked the same way? The original KKK were populated with Christians. Do you really think MItt Romney believes in slavery? Really? I, myself could not be Mormon, but I do not discrimate against a person if they are Mormon. That’s like saying all whites are inhumane and criminal because Charles Manson was white.

Oracleforhire on February 24, 2012 at 6:21 PM

Actually, Joseph Smith was not a racist at all- he ordained black people to the priesthood. The bias against black people came later, and was a cultural badness shared by most people back in the day, not just Mormons.

Kristamatic on February 24, 2012 at 6:48 PM

However, back then most people were racist.
Oracleforhire on February 24, 2012 at 6:21 PM

Segregated churches were pretty common not too long ago. It was an issue for Jimmy Carter in his 1976 Presidential campaign, his Baptist church was “Whites Only”.

whatcat on February 24, 2012 at 6:55 PM

Prufrock on February 24, 2012 at 4:37 PM

Do Mormons believe Jesus is the only son of God?

What about Lucifer? Is he also a son of God?

liberal4life on February 24, 2012 at 7:09 PM

Do Mormons believe Jesus is the only son of God?

What about Lucifer? Is he also a son of God?

liberal4life on February 24, 2012 at 7:09 PM

Yes, Mormons believe that Jesus is the ONLY son of God IN THE FLESH. Just as other Christians do.

Is Jesus the only son of God? No. We are ALL children of God, IN THE SPIRIT. Show me a Christian who doesn’t believe that we are all God’s children….

As for lucifer, he and his minions were created IN THE SPIRIT just like the rest of us, but rebelled against God and his plans for us, and have been trying to thwart His plan ever since (see the Garden of Eden….). He is NOT in the same league as Christ in any way, or even the same league as any one of us, because of his rebellion, but also because he has no physical body. He was denied the privilege of becoming a true child of God and being born with a body because of his rebellion. Its all in the bible (see Rev. 12:4, 7-9). So no, in the same way that other Christians believe, Mormons do not believe that lucifer and Christ are brothers in the flesh. But the bible tells us that even lucifer had once been ‘in heaven’, before ‘falling’ and being ‘cast out’ due to his rebellion against God.

All of the above assumes that you are really interested in what Mormons believe, and not just trying to stir up trouble…..

PSConservative on February 24, 2012 at 7:49 PM

I’m sure liberal4life is having a great laugh on this blog. Stir up religion to a a high heat, add in some racism, then let the Republicans on here mix it up – forgetting to discuss the sinking economy, rising fuel prices, Fast & Furious, unconstitutional appointments, failed bundler/ambassadors, huge deficit, etc that Liberals do NOT want discussed.

Let’s see, if you wanted to know all about Xerox machines, would you ask a Canon or Toshiba rep to explain Xerox copiers for you – without bias? Unless you hate Xerox to start with, wouldn’t you ask a Xerox rep? It’s the same for religion! If you want to know about the Catholic church, ask a Catholic. If you want to know all about Mormons, ask a Mormon. And the same for Baptists, Pentacostal, etc. Portia46 wants you to go to exmormon.org to get information on the Mormons. Gee, the website is EXmormon.org. Of course you will find ALL the negative info your little ol’ pea pickin’ heart desires!

While Liberals have us debating politicians and their religion, IN A COUNTRY THAT GUARANTEES FREEDOM OF RELIGION, we are forgetting this election is NOT about religion, it’s about the economy, debt, jobs, and the Constitution.

So if Mormons are just the nastiest thing around, how come you Democrats, Liberals, and Progressives all LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Harry Reid???? You DO know Reid is an active temple-going practicing Mormon, don’t you??????? So Reid (Mormon) = good; Romney (Mormon) = evil. Basing your decision on religion alone is now moot because Reid & Romney BOTH are active temple-going practicing Mormons!

I can’t wait for the reply on this one!

SubDoc on February 24, 2012 at 8:14 PM

What about Lucifer? Is he also a son of God?

liberal4life on February 24, 2012 at 7:09 PM

Lucifer is the one you get your enemas from.

KOOLAID2 on February 24, 2012 at 8:15 PM

sorry to go off topic, but can someone tell me what the picture on the main page for this article is? HA has been using it a lot lately, but i have no idea what it’s supposed to mean, can someone clue me in??

jetch on February 24, 2012 at 12:41 PM

That’s JugEars dental retainer.
The brush looking thing is for his throught and ears.

KOOLAID2 on February 24, 2012 at 8:21 PM

By their fruits shall ye know them.

The Mormons I know are fine people. Several are in a music group with me, and I’m proud to know them.

jodetoad on February 24, 2012 at 8:42 PM

Were you equally outraged when the NYT put the Pope into someone’s bed? Or when the Cross was photographed in a bottle of urin?

Portia46 on February 24, 2012 at 5:55 PM

What makes you think he wasn’t? Other than psychological projection? Clearly you have no problem when it comes to spreading lies and bigotry, provided it targets the people you hate so much, and you’re just projecting this onto others. I don’t know much about the person you were addressing, but LDS people generally are every bit as bothered by vulgar attacks like that on Christianity as any other Christian. That’s right, as any OTHER Christian – since they ARE Christians, just like Catholics ARE Christian (another group bigots try to exclude), no matter how badly your ilk wishes for the power to make it an exclusive little club for which only you and your bigoted friends have the power of invitation.

Sorry Mormons, but you and all your beliefs are going to be put under the microscope.

Honest examination is fine. That’s not what’s going on here, and deep down, you know it.

I remember well the Mormon attacks on Newt Gingrich and his wife.

The “Mormon attacks”? What in the world are you talking about?

Those people are very helpful in sorting out customs and myths and the true history.

Oh yes, disgruntled former members of a religion with enough of an axe to grind are always reliable sources of information about what a church believes. Much more reliable than talking to the people who actually believe it or their ancestors’ first-hand historical accounts.

CanofSand on February 24, 2012 at 11:27 PM

Do Mormons believe Jesus is the only son of God?
What about Lucifer? Is he also a son of God?
liberal4life on February 24, 2012 at 7:09 PM

Yes, Mormons believe that Jesus is the ONLY son of God IN THE FLESH. Just as other Christians do.
Is Jesus the only son of God? No. We are ALL children of God, IN THE SPIRIT. Show me a Christian who doesn’t believe that we are all God’s children….
PSConservative on February 24, 2012 at 7:49 PM

.
As a Christian believer, I don’t believe Jesus is the only child of God in the flesh.
And I don’t believe we are all ‘children of God’ in the spirit.
Also, I don’t believe any angels ever were, or are ‘children of God’.
.
I’m saying this to show that Christians don’t all agree on everything. But by and large, we don’t have inter-denominational strife like there was (is?) in Northern Ireland, within my lifetime.

listens2glenn on February 24, 2012 at 11:57 PM

NYT columnist slams Mormon garments, tells people to stay out of others’ britches

NYT columnist gets in Mormon’s britches to view Mormon garments, tells people to stay out of others’ britches, but doesn’t mind the instrument of death getting in others’ britches.

Liberals are a confused bunch.

rukiddingme on February 24, 2012 at 11:59 PM

“NYT columnist slams Mormon garments, tells people to stay out of others’ britches”

That heading sounds as though it were written in 1827.

Also, to whomever chooses the photos for Hot Air’s home page, on future birth control stories: please reconsider using the big IUD birth control thing. It’s about as appealing as seeing jock itch ads, erectile dysfunction ads, or tampon ads on television – which is to say, not at all.

TigerPaw on February 25, 2012 at 1:04 AM

Blow should be fired.

There, that was easy.

scotash on February 25, 2012 at 4:21 AM

Just want to second rockmom: Check out Ace’s Twitter feed. He has renamed himself “in honor of” Mr. Blow and his sexy ladies’ man persona, and it’s WILDLY NSFW and HILARIOUS.

Reams of great material.

Esoteric on February 24, 2012 at 12:08 PM

Anyone got a link of Ace’s twitter feed? Thanks.

If you want to know more about Mormon garmants go here: utlm.org

Or if you want questions answered, go to exmormon.org Those people are very helpful in sorting out customs and myths and the true history.

It’s an interesting sect.

Portia46 on February 24, 2012 at 5:55 PM

ultm.org is one of those places where they label every religion that they don’t like a cult. Its a horrible place to go for good information on any religion. They have an axe to grind and as a result, they don’t give a balanced perspective. They often distort other religion’s teachings to make them look bad.

And yes…talking to disgruntled Mormons is another horrible way to learn about our religion. I can easily find a website that is full of disgruntled and angry(insert religion) who would be happy to talk s**t about their former faith to anyone that will listen.

And for the record…Mormons are Christians. Deal with it.

Conservative Samizdat on February 25, 2012 at 10:38 PM

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