At the Las Vegas Book Festival (Nov. 2), Sally Denton, author of American Massacre and Faith and Betrayal said that she was puzzled by the lack of scrutiny about Mitt Romney’s Mormonism
Like Denton, I am a woman of Mormon ancestry, and I too am troubled by this lack of religious scrutiny. Being a Mormon is not the same as being a Presbyterian or a Methodist. Being a Mormon is closer to being a Scientologist. Anyone who has been a Mormon knows that being Mormon is integral to one’s character and belief system. As a Mormon friend of mine said, being a Mormon is “who you are.” It is not a religion. It is a cult.
He is Better Than You
To put it bluntly, Mitt Romney is not one of us. I would not be surprised if Mitt has never tasted a beer, coffee, Coca-Cola, said a swear word, or had sex with any woman other than Ann outside of the marital bedroom. Is this an indictment? Not necessarily, but it does tell us that he cannot relate to the non-Mormon population without feeling self-righteous and superior. To Mormons, all non-Mormons are “Gentiles.”
As a young man, Mitt participated in a rally supporting the draft, yet he was excused from it because he went on a religious mission to France. That’s right, France. I have no problem with him avoiding the draft (who wants to go to war?), but to demonstrate in favor of the draft for others who might go to their deaths when you know you will not be put in that position is cruel and disgusting Apparently, standard rules don’t apply to Mormon elders or the sons of governors.
Mitt has always known he was better than others. This knowledge gives him license to behave badly. When he was in high school, a classmate’s flamboyant haircut offended his masculine sensibilities so much he recruited his posse of fellow gay bashers to assist him in a physical assault on the boy, tackling him to the floor and cutting off his blond locks with scissors, terrifying and humiliating him in the process. There were no repercussions. Mitt claims to have no memory of the “hijinks,” but I do not believe him. The young man came out as gay years later, but Mitt claims that people “didn’t think in those terms back then.” Bull shit. Homosexuality is a sin in the Mormon faith, one that invites excommunication. In other words, it will send the gay person straight to Hell. The defeat of Prop. 8 (marriage equality) was largely due to the millions of dollars the Mormon Church invested in its defeat. Good work, bigots.
How many French people did Mitt convert to the faith? There is no clear answer. For a numbers guy, he cannot definitively take credit for a single conversion. Apparently the French are not keen on abstention from wine, sex, colorful language, and the pleasures of being a little naughty from time to time. Good for them. But Mormon missionary work is not really about converting non-believers as much as it is about indoctrinating the missionaries themselves; the future patriarchy of the church.
Mormons are constantly told and encouraged to declare as part of their testimony that they belong to the “true church.” Other religions are not simply misguided. According to the church’s founder, Joseph Smith, God considers other faiths to be an “abomination.” Pretty strong word, wouldn’t you say? Abomination.
Prepare for the Apocalypse
Mormons stockpile food and water for the upcoming Apocalypse. According to Mormon belief, Mormons will be notified first of a coming disaster through the church hierarchy. It isn’t enough to be a Latter-day Saint to qualify for the “run to your bomb shelter” phone call. You have to be on the bishop’s “Mormon in good standing” speed-dial. The rest of the population, the Gentiles, will be doomed to extinction. Poor bastards. They should have put down their Starbucks and listened to the missionaries who had only their best interests at heart.
Do we really want a president who believes that the end of the world is likely, soon? Push the button, Mr. President; after all it is God’s will. Wouldn’t want all those cans of evaporated milk to go to waste now would we? It’s all good. Heavenly Father is purging the Earth for the Second Coming of Jesus.
Not only do Mitt Romney and other Mormons believe that they will be assigned to rebuild the Earth, they will be gods of their own worlds in the hereafter. Sorry women, only males will be gods. Females cannot gain entry into the penthouse of heaven (the Celestial Kingdom) on their own, they must be escorted “though the veil.” Without a priesthood holder (man) to escort them into the Celestial Kingdom, she will be relegated to the lower levels, doomed to dwell for eternity with the dreaded Gentiles.
The Celestial Kingdom is for Mormons
Other than Mormons, I can think of no other religion besides Muslims that envision the afterlife more concretely with their lakes of fire and harems of virgins. All is to be sacrificed for the ultimate reward—Heaven. Romney knew that focusing as much as possible on “the Creator” in his closing statements at the debates he would win the hearts of Christians. What they don’t know is that Mormons don’t consider other Christians equal to Mormons. Mormons believe themselves to be closer to Jews than to Christians. The Hebrew Bible states that Jews are “the chosen.” The Book of Mormon states that the Latter-day Saints are “the chosen.” How lovely it is to be a little bit better than everybody else.
If you are raised in a Mormon family, this fabulous position is yours, and just as the Jews were persecuted, so were Mormons. The Mormons were driven into the desert to establish a promised land—Zion. I was raised hearing great tales or deprivation, sacrifice, pioneer heroics, and miracles. There is no doubt that the Mormons did astounding things with very little resources. There is nothing quite like religious zeal with its promise of celestial reward or eternal hell fire to stimulate construction and agriculture.
How this applies to Mitt Romney is simple. As a former Mormon from a long line of Mormon pioneers I know that there is a sense of obligation to the sacrifices made by our ancestors. Like Romney, I too, am a descendant of Mormon polygamist Mexican expatriates. When the federal government outlawed polygamy many families decided to flee the laws of this country and settle in Mexico. Although polygamy was against Mexican law, President Diaz turned a blind eye to the domestic practices of the Mormon colonists in exchange for the commercial enhancement that Mormons brought to a desolate area.
I must point out that the Mormons colonists, although friendly with their Mexican neighbors, never integrated. They still celebrated the Fourth of July and flew American flags. According to the Book of Mormon, dark skinned people are Lamanites. The light skinned people, the Nephites, were good and dark skinned people were inferior.
I was taught, as a child, that the reason blacks could not hold the Mormon priesthood was that Africans, and therefore African American blacks, were marked by Cain’s ancient curse for killing his brother Abel and lying to God.
How can people living thousands of years after an event (if you believe it ever happened at all) be blamed for it? Here is another dimension of the Mormon religion that few know about. Mormons believe that our souls exist before we are born and that we are assigned a family to be raised by. So, souls assigned a Mormon home are just a tiny bit better than those who are not. Souls assigned an African American family (mark of Cain) must have done something to deserve it. How any person of color can be a Mormon is beyond my understanding.
Although Mormons pride themselves for being early abolitionists, they didn’t believe that black people were their equals. God apparently changed his mind in 1978. Now African Americans can hold the Mormon priesthood. Oh goodie!
I was also taught that wealth is endorsed by God. My grandparents worked hard to establish a successful mink business. They amassed a small fortune. They made it clear and it is dangerous to let others know how much money you have because they will try to take it away from you. Romney’s refusal to reveal his tax returns reminds me of this paranoia. In an interview, Ann Romney was asked about their refusal to divulge more than two years of income tax returns. She used the phrase, “you people.” As in “you people don’t need to know.” “You people” indeed.
I’ve worked for the Obama campaign. I hope he wins. However, there is another part of me that knows that if Romney wins his presidency and he is unsuccessful in fulfilling his excessive promises it could be detrimental to the Mormon cause. The great Mormon patriarch, bully boss, High Priest and god in the making, could bring about the downfall of the middleclass. Mormonism is the religion of misogyny, racism, self-righteousness, and oppression.
Political correctness cripples free speech and an honest examination of ideas and beliefs. Saying that Mitt Romney has contempt for 47% of the population is generous. If only about 2% of the US population is Mormon, then I would assert that he has contempt, or at least pity, for 98%. He said he cares about 100% of us. I seriously doubt it.