The reason that I ask is that it has recently come to my attention that some of the early leaders of your church apparently believed it and this appears to be what they taught their followers to believe. I don’t know whether or not this includes Joseph Smith the founder of your religion who did establish polygamy; but this apparently includes Brigham Young the second prophet of your religion.
(This was originally posted on Open Salon March 30, 2012)
The following excerpts from various historical sources indicates some of what they taught; the first is from one of Brigham’s wife’s the rest are from the Journal of Discourses which is a record of many of the sermons they preached in Utah.
Do you see how this could be a problem when running for president?
This is especially important when you consider your close ties to the Mormon church, including the fact that your fathers cousin Marion Romney was the first president of the church and the fact that you have been so loyal that you have donated millions of dollars in tithing money as a loyal Mormon.
If I was aware of this when I wrote about Mitt Romney’s Mormon Prophets I would have mentioned it then but it wasn’t until later that I found out about this. Apparently the Mass Media doesn’t mention this much at all nor does the Church or your campaign. That doesn’t mean that there isn’t an enormous amount of information out their about the subject. In fact, once I found out it only took a relatively quick search of the internet focusing mainly on the Journal of Discourses which is officially recognized as the teachings of Mormonism by the Mormon Church.
Now I suppose this wont make much of a difference to the Mormons many of whom already know about this and will certainly support you anyway. And it wont make much of a difference to the rich people that care only about the tax breaks that you’re promising; after all they know that you’re a rich person who has a history of looking out for other rich people who only care about profits. But this might make a significant difference to the vast majority of the public, including many of whom may not have heard about it yet.
If this is the first I have heard about it then it is almost certainly news to many other people. I suppose it might not be news to many of the most devout evangelicals; since they have been the ones that have been most critical of Mormonism for their own religious reasons. I suppose this might be part of the reason why they’ve been voting for Santorum or anyone but Mitt.
This isn’t all of it either Mitt.
There is much more where that came from; as you may know the Mormon religion has made a point of keeping some of the most extensive records of their activities in history. In fact, the biggest problem when it comes to sorting through Mormon beliefs isn’t a lack of documents, like many much older religions, it is information overload due to the enormous volume of records. However with time people can sort through them, or in most cases they already have. This raises many problems especially when it comes to beliefs that they once thought were divine but now believe are abominable.
These records also include an enormous amount of information on the methods used to indoctrinate people and intimidate those that don’t adopt the appropriate beliefs.
Mitt this isn’t going away.
Someone is going to have to address these issues before the election if you want to win.
Most of this isn’t based on any questions or claims from me; it is based on the teaching of your own church which has been well documented.
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