When Rubio announced Monday, in what was to my mind the best announcement speech I have heard in a bunch of cycles, I wondered how long it would be until the Mormon bomb dropped. For the Cleveland Browns fans out there (wink, wink, nudge, nudge), as a boy, Rubio’s parents joined the CJCLDS, and little Marco was baptized a Mormon. Rubio spent about four years in that church. This is not news. The story broke back in 2012 when the Veep buzz around Rubio was strong.
It took a whole day for the bomb to drop – the “politics and pop culture” guy at WaPo treated it like he was writing for TMZ (no NOT Medved). Frankly, it’s pathetic. It was in 2012. Many people, even deeply committed religious people, changed affiliations at some point in their life – especially when they adopted faith for themselves as opposed to vicariously from their parents. Rubio is a through-going, deeply committed Roman Catholic; his experiences with the Latter Day Saints will simply serve to broaden his understanding of many different peoples American experience – as do the youthful flirtations many people have with many experiences.
Far more interesting is Victor Davis Hansen’s contention that many people are now transracial as we more and more look at the transgendered. Since many, many people have changed religious affiliations in their lives, are they transreligious?