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Mitt Romney and his Mormon 'Garments'

Recently, Mitt Romney has been harshly criticized in the media over his comments to a group of fundraisers labeling 47 percent of Americans as “lazy” and “entitled” to government support (view all our Romney gaffe cartoons). In an attempt to sidestep criticism, Romney recently called out President Obama for his desire to “redistribute” wealth, something of a dog-whistle to conservatives convinced Democrats are modern day socialists. Here is my cartoon:

I thought the classic phrase “the Emperor has no clothes” worked well visually for the point I was trying to convey, but it occurred to me afterwards that by drawing Romney naked, I omitted something important that is at the core of his beliefs – the religious “garments” he wears as underwear.

For Mormons, these temple “garments” are a special piece of clothing worn to represent a symbolic gesture of the promises they have made to God, and are seen as either a symbolic or literal source of protection from the evils of the world.

There’s a long tradition among editorial cartoonists of drawing politicians in their underwear, but not religious underwear like this. For instance, many cartoonists illustrated President Clinton’s sexual dalliances by drawing him with his pants around his ankles and wearing boxer shorts with a pattern of little hearts.

The same underwear treatment is given to serial adulterer politicians like Newt Gingrich, Arnold Schwarzenegger and too many members of congress to list. Even Batman and Superman wear their underwear on top of their tights. As an editorial cartoonist, I cherish my right to draw anyone I want in their underwear.

Here are a couple of cartoons I’ve drawn featuring Romney wearing his Mormon “garments.” I have gotten a bit of flack from readers about drawing the mysterious underwear on Romney, but not as much as I expected:

By Daryl Cagle

Daryl Cagle is the founder and owner of Cagle Cartoons, Inc. He is one of the most widely published editorial cartoonists and is also the editor of The Cagle Post.

21 replies on “Mitt Romney and his Mormon 'Garments'”

Knowig a person's religious beliefs give us an insight into his thinking process.

I don't believe his religion is a cult, but after reading their bible, I do believe some of their beliefs are preposterous and 'fairytale' like. If you can believe that stuff, I don't want you as president.

But the main reason I don't want him as president is that the Publican agenda is so unamerican, destructive to freedom and Democracy. A Publican win in November would have a profoundly negative effect on the world economy, one that would take decades to repair.

And their views in general; women's rights, global warming, etc. And they certainly are not to be trusted in Foreign affairs. I'm certain that had we nanPublican president at this moment, we would be at war with Iran, Syria and only nGod knows whonelse. Publicans are dangerous and have no business governing anything, well, maybe dogcatcher.

It evidently doesn’t matter to you that Romney’s undergarments have sacred significance to Mormons. By depicting them in your cartoons you have chosen to offend members of that religion.

Cagle,

A really good cartoonist would poke fun at issues in the campaign. A truly biased cheap shot cartoonist would make fun of a man's religion. A great cartoonist would work harder and not rely on disgusting cheap shots.

what sacred significance? When I was raised Mormon all i remember was that you had to wear them after you were married to not show your body – for modesty. It is not a choice if you are a "good" mormon and want to go to the Terrestrial Kingdom and become a god yourself over your own world.

And also you understand that if the President of the Mormon Church came to Mitt and told him God had directed him to ahhhhh let us say… go to war…. Mitt would pray with him and take this nation into war, because of his faith and belief.

what sacred significance? When I was raised Mormon all i remember was that you had to wear them after you were married to not show your body – for modesty. It is not a choice if you are a "good" mormon and want to go to the Terrestrial Kingdom and become a god yourself over your own world.

And also you understand that if the President of the Mormon Church came to Mitt and told him God had directed him to ahhhhh let us say… go to war…. Mitt would pray with him and take this nation into war, because of his faith and belief.

I hear the "pot" calling the "kettle" black, in an oblique manner. It is OK to make assumptions about the supposed religion of a sitting POTUS and regard these assumptions as truth, but it is a"cheap shot " to speak humorously of religious garments. I can remember several cartoons depicting the clerical collar and Roman Catholic priest's vestments as symbols of saintliness and purity of thought at a time when the cover-up of priestly pedophilia by the Church was being exposed (pun intended). Romney initiated the remarks about his temple garments,and therefore laid the foundation for the humorous depictions which soon followed.

If you are a public figure, as politicians are, and you wish to make a statement on your personal life.
choose your words carefully, or better yet, remain silent.

You were raised Mormon, but you obviously don't know a damn thing about it anymore. If "all [you remember] about garments is that they make one "modest" then you have forgotten a LOT. And if it is "all you remember," and some people are offended, then you OBVIOUSLY don't remember much. Why do you make your opinion known as if it's commonly held practice when practicing members of the Church of Christ LDS find it offensive?

And suggesting that any Christian church would have any interest in telling a president of its faith to 'go to war' is not only LIBEL, it's also the most ridiculous thing I've ever heard and it shows that you obviously have half a brain. Can anyone take you serious with a comment like that? It's the most preposterous claim I've ever heard. Did anyone suggest this when Kennedy was President? Did the Pope tell him to "go to war" with anyone? You, sir, are an IDIOT.

COULDN'T AGREE MORE. Sure, Cagle, you can draw stuff like this, but don't expect 5 million Americans to think very highly of you whatsoever. The cartoon was done in BAD TASTE and you DAMN WELL KNOW IT. If you didn't, why do you feel a need to "explain" yourself here. "Funny Underwear" is your POINT with that cartoon? You were punching a card with that one. You were lazy, you were on a deadline, and taking a cheap shot like that was the only thing you could think of. Pathetic.

Better to have a POTUS blaming Americans and then spend their money apologizing based on lies? No wonder America's in the toilet it's in with "thinkers" like you,

Yes, lots of people were concerned that if the pope told Kennedy to go to war, he would. Lots of people said that disqualified him from the office. Don't you remember that when Romney had to give the speech in front of the evangelical preachers promising not to let his religion interfere with his public duties, people compared his speech to Kennedy's speech given to the same group for the same reason?

As an LDS Christian, could you address the Terrestrial Kingdom issue? I think that has far more relevance than under garments or Mormon presidents as to whether people trust Romney or not.

I do believe that most people believe what they are told as children; and if they have good examples in the adults around them, they see no reason to question those beliefs. Most people, even if they are tolerant of other beliefs, still find those beliefs strange.

Yo, oh ignorant LDS one. It may be that you have the corner on stuff idiotic.

The Archbishop of Boston pressured JFK and the Speaker of the House ("Tip" O'Neill) to send combat troops to Vietnam. We ended up with 10 years and 60,000 dead.

Are you seriously claiming that the Mormon Church is inferior to the Catholic Church in terms of influencing its members? Really?

LDS lighten up… This is the US, freedom of speech still is the rule. the media, politicians have been very careful, too careful, in my opinion to bring religion into this. Sorry but the people of a country should know what a person believes if he is going to ask for their vote.
Most people probably don't know about the undergarments and some of the other interesting beliefs (baptism of the dead, where Mormons believe God came from, that Jesus was here in the Americas etc) and they have the right to know if this is what Romney believes..
By the way you mention LDS as a Christian church, Christians believe God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit are one..That Jesus is the only son of God and was not born from God having relations with a woman.

Well Daryl, as a 'Garment Wearing' LDS member AND a long time Cagle.com reader, I must admit I am dissapointed you took this route. Not really all that offended, as much worse has been said, shown, and slung in our general direction since Gov. Romney joined the fray. Just dissapointed.

Mormonism is a cult, not a religion. All one has to do is ask someone who has left it. Mormons would prefer we refer to it as religion, but that's not what it is.

Appearently "fredom of Speech and/or Discussion is not allowed on this site. It must be run by some of goreing's deciples.

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