Here’s the latest excuse from the Romneys on why they won’t release their taxes:
“Our church doesn’t publish how much people have given,” Romney tells Parade magazine in an edition due out Sunday. “This is done entirely privately. One of the downsides of releasing one’s financial information is that this is now all public, but we had never intended our contributions to be known. It’s a very personal thing between ourselves and our commitment to our God and to our church.”
Religion has always served as a convenient excuse for bad behavior that — ironically — usually goes against the teachings of the faith. How many times have people tried to get away with gay-bashing, supporting slavery, oppressing women, shooting up a shopping mall, or running for president because God told them to? Once is too many, and if there really was a god that lived up to his billing, he wouldn’t let charlatans and cowards get away with doing shady and rotten things in his name.