Friday, December 7, 2007
Mormons, Evangelicals and Politics
I have pondered this subject for quite sometime. I saw a post on Youtube with Mitt Romney and he was being interviewed on a radio station and the interviewer kept grilling Mitt about his Religion and Mitt had to constantly say "Do you want to hear about my policies?" And the guy would badger and badger him. Of course this man knew more about Mormons than Mitt did, who is a Mormon, and he was so frustrated he got up and walked out. Now the post was how Mitt had a meltdown at a radio station. I ask you, how is this right? We live in a country of religious freedom and Mitt has gotten flat out ignorant and belligerent bashing from both sides of the aisle. I have never seen anything like it. I have been a Mormon all of my life and served a mission for my Church in 1989. I chose to go, I paid my way , I worked my butt off and the biggest problem of the Republican party is the very opposition I faced as a missionary, right-winged evangelical Christians. They control the Republican party and many evangelical Republicans have been elected because of Mormons, especially in the state of Arizona. And yet I hear nothing but Mormon bashing from this "Christian" group that shows nothing but bigotry to other Religions. Disagree with our Doctrine, dislike Joseph Smith, freak out about Polygamy, go bananas about the Book of Mormon, distort our history and while you are so filled with fear of our growing religion don't try to find common ground when it comes time to elect your candidate who called our church a "Cult". I will NOT vote for an evangelical christian as of today. I will vote for Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton before I will vote for such liars and defamers. You take it upon yourselves to define a "christian" and distort our doctrines and make fun of our history. I am taught in my Church to find the common ground with people. To respect the goodness of all religions. To be friendly and neighborly to everyone. To contribute to the common good of society. We are taught to be self-sufficient and to take care of ourselves and those around us. We don't blame the government for our problems. This government that had an extermination order against Mormons, yes KILL all the Mormons in 1838, we are taught to obey the laws of the land. We are taught to serve others. We send our 19 year old men and 21 year old women out to serve and teach people about Christ and his message as we believe. We are taught to have a year supply of food in case of disaster so that we can be prepared and to help those around us. Our Humanitarian system is the best in the world. Our members contribute tithing dollars and this money is used for the growth of the church and for the best humanitarian system in the world. We are a people of deep belief and love of country and mankind. We believe that ALL people are children of God. This is not a Religion to fear this is a religion to emulate. We are taught to abstain from sex until we are married, don't drink, don't do drugs, don't smoke. We don't drink coffee or tea, we believe in being healthy. We are a peculiar people in a world of declining morals. We are not perfect, but we believe that we can make the world a better place by doing good not just professing good. If anyone has any questions about Mormons ask me. I won't be offended. Trust me I have heard it all!!! Mitt Romney has taken a bashing and I am tired for him. I am sure he expected it running for President. But enough is enough. Evangelicals should be ashamed of themselves. For me I am done with accepting and appreciating our common ground. It is too hard to thrive on our commonality when your slanderous bashing rings so loudly in my ears. I can put up with local pastors teaching anti-Mormon classes. But I refuse to support a potential President with the same attitude. Mike Huckabee will not get the Mormon vote and it may just mean a democrat in the white house. Bummer Falwell boys. I AM OUT!!! And I feel so much better.