Will that Conservative Evangelical Counter-Cult Expert Still Vote for Romney?

Author and Professor Douglas Groothius wrote,

In Romney’s favor, he has been a very decent man, who has given much of his income to charity. He is an accomplished businessman who (unlike Obama) knows how to solve problems.

He seemingly skipped over his rather bumpy ride on many issues. This one stood out, even about Groothius’ allowance of Romney’s support of abortion and his gloss over his take on Mormonism. That statement right there… “decent man”… “accomplished businessman…” “knows how to solve problems…” Now, why one has to be a business man to solve problems, I don’t know… as businessmen are the ones who got us into many of the issues at hand… Remember, as much as the American Revolution was against the Crown, it was also against the Crown’s corporations.

But, back to the accomplished businessman bit. We all know that Romney worked at Bain Capital, a private equity firm that buys businesses, shifts overhead and profits, fires workers, reduces costs and drives them into the ground to make a profit – heck to the yes there is a frackin’ problem with that. Bain is even a pioneer in outsourcing. One of the companies that Bain invested in is called Stericycle. Beyond all the human health hazards that Stericycle shoved their workers in to, there is that one other issues, that one other bloody issue – they made money from aborted fetuses (Is Stericyle the corporation’s Planned Parenthood?)

Despite the firm’s regulatory run-ins, the deal worked out well for Bain. In 2001, the Bain-Madison Dearborn partnership that had invested in the company sold 40 percent of its holdings in Stericycle for about $88 million—marking a hefty profit on its original investment of $75 million. The Bain-related group sold the rest of its holdings by 2004. By that point it had earned $49.5 million . It was not until six years later that anti-abortion activists would target Stericycle for collecting medical waste at abortion clinics. This campaign  has compared Stericycle to German firms that provided assistance to the Nazis during the Holocaust. A Stericycle official told Huffington Post that its abortion clinics business constitutes a “small” portion of its total operations. (from Mother Jones who focuses more on the fact that this proves that Romney has lied about his Bain record rather than the business of Stericyle)

Is this the person that Groothius is praying to be the next President of the United States? This person here? The one who has lied from day one about any of this records? This person that made millions off aborted fetuses? That is the person whom you are praying for to become the next President of the United States? That car elevator in his new house? Paid for by aborted fetuses. That suit he wears while he is speaking about his pro-life stance? Paid for by aborted fetuses. God help us all regardless of who wins in November. I for one will not be using my prayer allowance to pray for this one or that one for President.

May God forgive us for such principled stands.

Joel L. Watts
Joel L. Watts holds a Masters of Arts from United Theological Seminary with a focus in literary and rhetorical criticism of the New Testament. He is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of the Free State, analyzing Paul’s model of atonement in Galatians. He is the author of Mimetic Criticism of the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary (Wipf and Stock, 2013), a co-editor and contributor to From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls (Energion, 2013), and Praying in God's Theater, Meditations on the Book of Revelation (Wipf and Stock, 2014).

One thought on “Will that Conservative Evangelical Counter-Cult Expert Still Vote for Romney?

  1. Hey, you Commie.

    Romney is rich, which proves that he’s better than the rest of us.

    Never mind that Obama is also rich. That’s ill-gotten government and academic money.

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