So there’s been a lot of hoopla over Mitt Romney and his potential to become the first Mormon President of the United States. Being that I’m a Mormon myself, I’m not quite sure what the big deal is, but I want to keep an open mind so I decided to look into the “problem” a little bit.
What did I find? Well you’d better sit down folks, because it’s about to get hairy!
Mormons Once Practiced Polygamy
Ohhh… I get it now. THAT’ s why America hates Islam so much, those multi-wife marrying sinners!
Blacks Were Not Allowed to Hold Leadership Positions in the Mormon Church Until 1978
Blacks weren’t allowed to hold the Priesthood until 1978 (actually, at least one black man had the Priesthood conferred upon him by Joseph Smith back in the day). For men, you must be a Priesthood holder to be called to a leadership position.
Now, holding the Priesthood is a huge responsibility, and frankly some people would be glad if the burden were removed from them. But I can see why this might strike a chord with some people.
The problem here apparently is that church leaders were not slave owners, like many of the early (and most celebrated) U.S. Presidents were. Dang, if the church leaders had known back then how their lack of slave ownership would affect future public opinion of the church!
Or maybe the trick was to “allow” blacks to hold the Priesthood, but not actually give it to any of them, kind of like the post of U.S. President.
Mormonism is a “Heretical Cult”
Heretic: anyone who does not conform to an established attitude, doctrine, or principle.
Well thank goodness George Washington and the Continental Army conformed to the established doctrines of King George! Oh, wait a minute…
Cult: a religion or sect considered to be false, unorthodox, or extremist, with members often living outside of conventional society under the direction of a charismatic leader.
At the ripe ol’ age of 96 years and 11 months, I’m sure Mormon Prophet Gordon B. Hinckley is happy to be called “charismatic.” Unfortunately, he’s not really the leader of the Mormon Church.
“But Stu, he’s the President of the Mormon Church!” you say? He is the president, but he is not its leader, simply a tool of the Church’s true leader. Yeah, I think you know who I’m talking about.
As for being unorthodox, they’ve got a point there. I mean, the Mormon Church IS unorthodox, being that it’s run by him whom so many others claim to worship and follow. Who else is crazy enough to allow that?
Okay, back to the beginning. What have we learned here? I think basically what I said is that Mitt Romney would be a horrible choice for President of the U.S. because of the fact that he’s a Mormon, and the Mormon Church has a history that some people don’t like.
Wow… what a great reason to not vote for somebody. And here I thought I was doing good choosing a candidate based on how I think they’ll run the country. Man, I feel like an idiot! No wonder JFK’s Catholicism was such a serious “problem.”
Generally speaking, it’s the media that’s making such a hoo-hah about Mitt Romney’s faith. The general public hardly cares (well, 83% of the general public anyway according to recent polls, substantially better than polls from just a year ago indicated). So consider my post a rip on the media. Hey, they gotta have something to get all excited about.
Truth is I’m more concerned that, knowing that politicians will be politicians, Romney will place more importance on his bid for the Presidency than on his faith. It’ll just be another black eye on Mormonism if Romney doesn’t take the higher moral road in his campaign, which so far doesn’t appear to be the case.