Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Former Mormon Explains Why Mitt Romney Should Never Be President

Sarah Wood - Addicting Info

Written by: James Martin (former LDS and strongly against Romney for reasons as listed below)

(EDITOR’S NOTE: We’re sharing this opinion of Mitt Romney, written by a former member of the LDS Church, unedited and uncensored. Addicting Info is not endorsing this article, or attacking the LDS Church, but we would like to give James Martin a forum to share his unique perspective.)

Romney:

The first thing you need to know about Mitt Romney is that he is a Mormon, aka a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. They call themselves Christians, but they have so thoroughly brainwashed their members that anything the church says…goes. No matter how much Mitt Romney says he would keep his church separate from Government, and how he would never let the church come in and run Government, commands of the church come first and foremost in Mormon minds.

If the church wanted Mitt to let them come in (AND THEY WOULD) and help or direct the Government, that is how it would be. Why? Because the church leaders would supposedly have a “vision” that it is God’s will. The church is all about trying to prop up the image of its founder, Joseph Smith. Joseph Smith had a supposed vision (prophecy) that one day a Mormon would become President of the United States, FOR THE EXPRESS PURPOSE, of letting the Mormon Church take over the U.S. Government. You can take it to the bank, that if Romney were President, the church leaders would have another “vision,” that a church takeover must happen. By the way, that prophecy was simple revenge for perceived wrongs done to Joseph Smith by the government. Nevertheless they treat all his prophecies seriously, no matter how ridiculous they are.

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  1. IMO, I would not oppose any candidate simply because of the views of their religion or their choice of religion. But, how they embrace and promote that religion is a factor. One question would be does the really believe in his/her religion, or was it just the family religion? There are plenty of prominent Mormons in politics - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid for one.

    During the 2008 campaign, Mitt was introduced with a video called "The Decision" showing the big Romney family in heartfelt discussion over whether Dad should run for president. In the end, son Tagg concludes that his dad has no choice but to run, given his talents and good fortune. "I think you have a duty to your country and to God to see what comes of it," he says.
    Even that could be an effort to "Hollywoodize" religion so as to appeal the Religious Right yet the message of "duty to God" cannot not be overlooked.

    Mitt Romney did not just accept his family's religion, he promoted it.

    For three years, from 1982 to 1985, Mr. Romney served as the bishop, or lay pastor, at his church in Belmont, Mass. After that, he served nine years as "stake" president, overseeing about a dozen Boston-area parishes. But it was his time as bishop that gave him the most contact with everyday churchgoers. He organized weekly church services and ministered to parishioners, offering spiritual guidance on whatever problems they brought to him – financial, marital, physical, anything. He heard confessions of sin and determined who is allowed to enter a Mormon temple, a privilege reserved for those who meet the church's high standards of personal conduct. He distributed church funds to those in need.

    As Bishop, Mitt Romney would knock on the door of a member, ‘Can I come in?’ ‘I was driving home and I just had a feeling that God has a message for you. And he can’t get to you directly ’cause you’re too tired, but the message is that God loves you. And that he’s happy with what you are doing for other people.’
    OK ... that story demonstrates that Mr. Romney is not a casual church-goer but willing to engage with others to advance his faith, but then there are the stories about his stance on abortion and single-mothers ... like when Bishop Romney tried to persuade a pregnant woman not to have an abortion, even though she had a life-threatening condition. Her doctor and the Mormon Stake President, a church position above Bishop Romney, had already advised her to get an abortion.
    Into the picture walked Mitt and he took a fairly aggressive stance: carry the baby to term,” Ron Scott, a distant cousin of Romney's and his biographer, said. “People have seen that as being a sign of a fairly heartless, imperious kind of guy, or was he simply just being overly zealous in the way he was trying to lead and to provide moral counsel to someone in his charge, counsel that was consistent with what he perceived to be the teachings of his church?”
    That comment is coming from someone that is his supporter.

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    1. Mitt could have exhibited leadership during his tenure as Bishop and Stake President ... but the accounts that I have read indicate that he held true to "old" doctrine ... and frankly, this missed opportunity should be a concern -- especially regarding women.

      From my reading, the Mormon position on women has changed little since its founding, as the official view is "By divine design, fathers are to preside over their families in love and righteousness and are responsible to provide the necessities of life and protection for their families. Mothers are primarily responsible for the nurture of their children." OK, in plain English, "the woman's primary place is in the home, where she is to rear children and abide by the righteous counsel of her husband". Marriage is referred to as a "Celestial" marriage, or an eternal marriage. It survives death, and can continue into the afterlife, if the couple is obedient to the gospel. "...the husband and wife--and their family members past and present who are Mormon--will be together forever." Without being celestially married to a holder of the priesthood (who happen to be any Mormon man), a woman cannot be "saved".

      Abortion is a serious issue ... and the Mormon religion is quite clear - "The Church opposes elective abortion for personal or social convenience. Members must not submit to, perform, encourage, pay for, or arrange for an abortion. Abortion is a most serious matter and should be considered only after the persons responsible have consulted with their bishops and received divine confirmation through prayer."
      WHY the Republican Religious Right would have a problem with Bishop Romney is incomprehensible to me ... his track record as a Bishop is to deny the operation even when recommended by doctors ... heck, with States wanting to extend the time period and counseling required before a procedure is performed, under a President Romney, would you be surprised to see a requirement that a Member of the Clergy must approve ?

      How about gay rights ? The church teaches that homosexual problems can be overcome "through faith in God, sincere repentance, and persistent effort." or in plain English, "Pray Away the Gay". " Homosexual relations" is included on the church's list of "serious transgressions" that may result eventually in excommunication. The church supports the notion of a constitutional amendment in the USA to legally define marriage as being between a man and a woman. The church asked its members to participate in the campaign for Proposition 8 on the California ballot, which would define marriage between opposite-sex couples. The church asked its membership to donate time and money towards the initiative. This resulted in 80 to 90 percent of the early volunteers who walked door-to-door in election precincts and as much as half of the nearly $40 million raised. (NOTE: Romney gives 10% to his Church ... therefore, it is logical that his money was used and the question should be asked whether he personally donated any monies to the effort.)

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    2. Recommended reading : The Real Romney specifically the chapters on his Mormon religion. There are stories about his recommending single Mothers giving up their children so that the child could be raised in a two-parent home (and that does not mean two individuals of the same sex.)

      The question that should be asked : Will Romney's religious philosophy impact his nominations to the Courts ? Consider that Ginsberg is 79, Scalia and Kennedy are 76 and Breyer is 74 ... any or all could be replaced in the next four years ... now, do you have a concern about Mr. Romney's religion ?

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