Op-Ed: Why doesn't MSM discuss Romney's religious beliefs?
During this presidential campaign, where Republican big wigs have been urging Mitt Romney to raise President Obama's religious beliefs, place of birth, and association with radical preachers, why is no one asking Mitt Romney about his beliefs?
For instance, the presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney is a life long member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. But is he a Christian? It depends on who you ask. If you ask a Mormon, the answer is, “Of course we’re Christian. Look at the name of our church!” If you ask an Evangelical, you get a pretty different reply. William B. Lawrence, dean of the Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University, doesn't see Romney's religion as a "cult," as some evangelical Christians have called it. However, he agrees that Mormonism is not Christian.
“We have no policy on Mormonism at Perkins, but my own judgment is that Mormonism is not, strictly speaking, a Christian community, because it operates with a different set of official texts and has a different understanding of the sacraments,” Lawrence said. “Christians, for example, don’t baptize the dead.”
Mormonism, he said, is an interesting and complex religion that suffered intense persecution. In the 1890s, it gave up one of its most controversial practices — polygamy — and has now emerged as a world religion whose adherents practice a highly commendable sense of religious discipline, Lawrence said. As an organized church, Mormonism began in a highly evangelized area of western New York, Lawrence said. Mormons believe that in 1823 their prophet and founder, Joseph Smith Jr., had a vision of Jesus and God and was directed by the angel Moroni to thin gold plates with text written in an ancient language, which, when translated by Smith, became the Book of Mormon.
Mormons, as one would expect, beg to differ.
Both the Book of Mormon as scripture and Joseph Smith as a prophet bear witness to Jesus Christ as Savior. The Doctrine and Covenants and Pearl of Great Price bear that same great witness, as do all of the modern prophets and apostles. Though all the world may say that Latter-day Saints do not know or love or worship Jesus Christ, the truth is that we do. If this is not enough to be counted as Christian, then that word has lost its meaning.
So, we leave that one for the theologians to argue. Are you what you say you are just because you say you are? If I declare myself to be a rabbit, does that make me a rabbit? Or, to belong to a specific religion, is it not necessary to follow the basic tenets of that religion.
Can a Christian be Christian without acknowledging the divinity of Jesus?
Well, the LDS website devoted to the question dances around the issue with a lot of words about how cool and great and wonderful Jesus was. But they do they answer the question. Is Jesus Christ “divine” and on the same level as God?
Short answer? Yes. And so is Satan. And so are you. And so is everyone.
God the Father also had many other spirit children, created in His image and that of His Only Begotten. These children include all humans born on the earth. Some of God’s children rebelled against Him, and contested the choice of Jesus as Savior. (See D&C 76:25–27). The leader of these children was Lucifer, or Satan. Those spirit children of God who followed Satan in his rebellion against Christ are sometimes referred to as “demons,” or “devils.” (See Moses 4:1–4, Abraham 3:24–28).
Thus, it is technically true to say that Jesus and Satan are “brothers,” in the sense that both have the same spiritual parent, God the Father.
OK… before we continue, let’s see if we can find any actual LDS documentation of that. A pro-Mormon website
, written by a Mormon, answers it this way.
Mormons believe that human beings are children of God, and as such, have within them the potential to become like God. Got it? Let me say it more clearly. We believe that we can become Gods. Trust me, if you think about it and read the Bible from this perspective a lot of things will start to make sense. Just read Romans 8 where Paul says that we’re children of God and that we’re joint-heirs of God with Jesus Christ. In other words Christ is our brother and together with him we’re all heirs to what God has. What does God have? The kind of life a God lives. Here’s shocker #2–we believe God used to be a man, just like us. Now this brings up all sorts of logical and reasonable questions like “When did Gods begin then?” and “Is God the God of the entire universe or just part of it or are there other universes?” and “So there are other Gods then?” and the answer to all of these and many other questions is “We don’t know.” All we worry about is one God. But one of the questions that arises is “So what is God all about, and if we’re going to be like him then what do we go about doing after we die?” and the logical answer would be that if we become like God then we would create other planets like this one and populate them with our children, just like God has done with this one. And I’m guessing that’s where people would come up with the idea that Mormons believe they get a planet when they die. But as for me, I’m holding out for my own universe, although I’m sure it requires a bit of after-death training to run one.
OK, so if Mitt gets elected President, it will be great training for the planet he will run someday for himself and his descendants! Now, we move on to the question that brought you here in the first place. What’s the deal with the Mormon underwear? There is an excellent, straight-forward site
written from the Mormon point of view that explains it.
Yes, there is such a thing as “Mormon underwear” although Mormons refer to them as “garments” or “temple garments”. Only Mormons who have “gone through” a Mormon temple (“temples” are different than “churches”), meaning they’ve participated in certain religious ordinances, wear religious clothing as underwear which is called “garments”. The clothes serve as a reminder of the promises Mormons make in the temples and Mormons believe wearing the garments afford them a certain level of physical and spiritual protection. Mormons consider the clothing sacred and therefore don’t like to show them off or let them be seen for fear of someone making fun of what something that is very meaningful to them. Of course this may all sound ridiculous to someone who isn’t familiar with the practice, but many other religions also have dress codes wherein the members of that faith wear certain things as symbols of their beliefs.
Does that sound like the sort of thing we’d make fun of? Another website
explains the rules of the underwear.
Mormon underwear is made from material similar to other underwear. It is available in several versions of cotton, polyester, or nylon. It is always completely white, except for colored ones available only to active-duty military members. There is a top and bottom piece. The top is like a T-shirt, covering the shoulders and hanging below the waist. The bottom resembles boxer-briefs, but extends to the knee. The design is to promote modesty and should be completely covered by outer clothing. Mormon underwear is worn directly next to the skin and replaces any other underwear. For women, even brassieres are to be worn on the outside of the underwear. There are occasions when Mormon underwear may be removed. Bathing is the most obvious. Likewise, swimming, vigorous physical activity, and marital relations are others. There is no official list; rather it is left to the discretion of the individual. God will not strike down the individual who wears it inappropriately, and such severity is not dictated by the Mormon Church. The counsel is simply to wear them at all times unless it is deemed inappropriate to the activity, and not to find excuses to remove them.
So… in our first in depth examination of Mitt’s Religion — which has to be at LEAST as thoroughly scrutinized as President Obama’s alleged and disproved Muslimism and the black liberation theology he didn’t learn from Rev. Wright, we have learned that… depending on who’s answering the question, Mitt may or may not be Christian.
He believes in a faith system that some guy said an angel gave to him.
He believes that Jesus Christ is Divine. But so is Satan.
Mitt believes he will get his own planet when he dies, to populate with his descendants. And then he will become a God. And so will HE and ANN and all the little Mittsers, someday when they get their own planet. But not poor Seamus, the Golden Retriever who shit all over the top of Mitt’s station wagon. Poopy dogs don’t GET planets! He believes in an undiscovered planet or star named Kolob near to where God lives.
He believes that there are numerous Gods and that he and his family will be Gods themselves some day.
He believes Jesus and Satan are brothers.
He and his wife and kids wear “temple garments” (the wags call them “magic underwear”) that must be worn next to the skin (Ann has to wear her bra OVER the garment), and these garments have mystical symbols sewn into them.
And good boys never masturbate. Which would explain why Mitt looks like he’s never touched himself “down there.” Not ever. Not even once.