Saturday, December 1, 2007

Romney tells a fib

You'll never hear me utter a kind word about the Mormon church. I have my reasons - I may get around to explaining them in some future post. But in spite of my feelings about his church, I was willing to give Mitt Romney a listen, even though I was aware of his rather liberal-leaning record in Massachusetts and his flip-flop on abortion. Now I see him for the liar he really is.

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney said yesterday that he hopes to convince voters that his Mormon faith is mainstream.

"I think as people come to know my faith they'll recognize that the values of my faith are — they very much flow from the Judeo-Christian tradition of this country.
What a load of BS! Sorry, Mr. Romney, but according to your Church's own scriptures, you are anything BUT a "traditional" Judeo-Christian faith.
18 My object in going to inquire of the Lord was to know which of all the sects was right, that I might know which to join. No sooner, therefore, did I get possession of myself, so as to be able to speak, than I asked the Personages who stood above me in the light, which of all the sects was right (for at this time it had never entered into my heart that all were wrong)—and which I should join.

19 I was answered that I must join none of them, for they were all wrong; and the Personage who addressed me said that all their creeds were an abomination in his sight; that those professors were all corrupt; that: “they draw near to me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me, they teach for doctrines the commandments of men, having a form of godliness, but they deny the power thereof.”

20 He again forbade me to join with any of them...

Pearl of Great Price, Joseph Smith-History, Chapter 1:18-20
The various Christian faiths are "an abomination" in God's sight - this is Mormon doctrine and has been part of Mormon doctrine since the church was founded. In fact, the temple ceremony, up until 1990, portrayed a Protestant minister as a money-grubbing tool of Satan.

For Romney to disingenuously try to link his church to mainstream Christianity shows either a complete lack of understanding of his church's doctrines or a complete disregard for the truth. Given Church President Gordon Hinkley's own history of prevarication, I suppose Romney's fraudulent claim that his church is in the mold of traditional Christianity is just another example of the Mormon church's tradition of saying anything at all to get over and dupe people.