Mitt Romney makes his big speech at Liberty University tomorrow, a speech that is symbolically important because it should represent the Christian right's embrace of the presumptive Republican presidential nominee. Maybe Romney would be comforted to know that Liberty University does not allow long hair on men, which he has called "wrong" in the past. Here's their dress code for men:
Hair and clothing styles related to a counterculture (as determined by the Deans' Review Committee) are not acceptable. Hair should be cut in such a way that it will not come over the ears, collar or eyebrows at any time. Ponytails for men are unacceptable.
At least we know Romney won't feel the urge to do any impromptu barbering while he's there. Problem is, Romney's Mormonism isn't welcome at Liberty University, either:
On page 173 of the course catalog for Liberty University, the country's largest Evangelical Christian college, there's a graduate course labeled Theology 678—Western and New Religions.
Its innocuous title belies the description of its curriculum:
"The history, doctrines, and present state of the major cults such as Mormonism, Christian Science, Jehovah's Witnesses and Seventh Day Adventism. The course will also include a study of the Occult Movement. Emphasis is placed on the errors of these groups and on methods and materials for confronting them effectively."
But they're making an exception for this cultist, because Liberty University officials are citing a passage from Exodus ("And Moses chose able men out of all Israel, and made them heads over the people, rulers of thousands, rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens.") to suggest that God wants them to vote for an "able" Mormon, rather than a "disabled" Muslim socialist. That's a real stretch, even for Bible-scrying.