Yesterday, ThinkProgress reported that Georgia state representative Judy Manning (R) attacked Mitt Romney’s Mormon faith, saying that it scares her. She also said that at “least it’s not a Muslim,” indicating that she believes Islam to be an even more inferior religion.
The same day, after her remarks were widely circulated in the media, Manning apologized for her comments on the Mormon faith and Romney, writing on her Facebook wall that she made a “terrible mistake” with her “reckless words.” She also apologized for “offending people of Mormon faith”:
I have made a terrible mistake with my reckless words. In an attempt to compare Romney and Obama, a seasoned reported manipulated my comparison using verbal judo and made my choice for a Republican Presidential candidate appear to be motivated by religion.
NOT SO! I am supporting Newt Gingrich because he is the smartest, most qualified man for the job. […] While I believe Newt Gingrich is the best choice for President, I can assure you, I will be supporting whomever wins the support of Republican America on the ballot in 2012. Elizabeth Kubler Ross said, “I believe that we are solely responsible for our choices, and we have to accept the consequences of every deed, word, and thought throughout our lifetime.” These are words to live by. I sincerely apologize to Mitt Romney and for offending people of Mormon faith.
Manning should be lauded for admitting that her words on the Mormon faith were “reckless” and wrong. However, it is notable that she did not apologize for attacking Islam. If she truly wants to repent for using her position as a public official to discriminate against Americans of different religions, she should also apologize to American Muslims for decrying their faith.