Whoopi Goldberg blows it on Mormonism and military service
1:40 PM 10/18/2012 Jeff Poor
As “The View” co-host Whoopi Goldberg demonstrated on Thursday, sometimes it is a good idea to brush up on subject matter when you want to pose a “gotcha” question in the heat of a political campaign.
Mistakenly believing that Mormons are forbidden from fighting, Goldberg asked Mitt Romney’s wife Ann Romney how she would comfort the families of fallen American soldiers should her husband become president.
“As first lady, if you get the job, it’s going to entail a lot of things. And one of those things is going to be talking to the mothers whose children are coming home in bags, you know, from wars,” Goldberg said.” Now, I know — I believe that your religion doesn’t allow you to go fight.”
“No, that’s not correct.” Ann Romney replied. “We have many, many members of our faith that are serving in armed services.”
But that didn’t deter Goldberg, who said that she understood that Mitt Romney didn’t serve in Vietnam because it was “against the religion.”
“I say that because when I read about your husband, what I had read — and maybe you can correct this, is that the reason that he didn’t serve in Vietnam was because it was against the religion. That’s what I read.”
And once again, Ann Romney explained that that wasn’t true.
“No, that’s not correct,” she added. “He was — he was serving his mission and you know my five sons have also served missions. None have served in the military.”