Following a campaign event in Reno, Nev., a reporter asked the presumptive Republican presidential nominee for his reaction to both Bachmann’s allegations against Abedin and a controversy surrounding Chick-Fil-A and gay marriage.
“I’m not going to tell other people what things to talk about,” Romney responded. “Those are not things that are part of my campaign.”
Shortly after the GOP lawmakers announced their inquiry in a letter to the State Department in July, a number of Republican members of Congress condemned the allegations against Abedin. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) called their claims “an unwarranted and unfounded attack on an honorable woman,” while House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said such allegations are “pretty dangerous.”
Romney’s response comes in the same week as Clinton’s own response to the issue. The secretary of state noted the duty of political leaders to speak out and protect diversity in their countries.
Similarities exist between the origins of Islam and those of Mormonism:
- Both Muhammad and Joseph Smith were reportedly inspired to start their movements by angelic visits: the Archangel Jibreel (Gabriel) in the case of Muhammed, and the Angel Moroni for Joseph Smith (following a visit Smith claimed to have received from God and Jesus Christ three years earlier). In each event, the angel in question helped to prepare the prophet to receive a series of revelations from God.
- Both Muhammad and Joseph Smith left behind authorized books they claimed to be direct revelations from God, books that their followers accept as Scripture.
- Both Muhammad and Joseph Smith were persecuted by hostile locals and later forced to relocate (from Mecca to Medina, and from Missouri to Illinois, respectively) during the formative periods of their careers.
- Both Muhammad and Joseph Smith established theocratic city-states during their respective ministries, Muhammad being invited to take the rule of Medina, while Joseph Smith would found Nauvoo, Illinois.