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Mormonism Feeble Moral Foundation for Romney’s Condemnation of Trump

Mormonism Feeble Moral Foundation for Romney’s Condemnation of Trump

Only a day earlier than taking the oath as Utah’s new junior Senator, Republican presidential nominee in 2012, Mitt Romney, slammed President Trump’s character in a Washington Publish editorial. He stated partially:

To an amazing diploma, a presidency shapes the general public character of the nation,” Romney wrote. “A president should unite us and inspire us to follow ‘our better angels.’… With the nation so divided, resentful and angry, presidential leadership in qualities of character is indispensable. And it is in this province where the incumbent’s shortfall has been most glaring.

During Trump’s march to the White House, Romney entered the camp of the “never Trumpers.” He then referred to Trump as:

a phony, a fraud. His guarantees are as nugatory as a level from Trump College….[D]ishonesty is Donald Trump’s hallmark, [with his] bullying, the greed, the displaying off, the misogyny, the absurd third-grade theatrics.

Since Romney’s election to the U.S. Senate, political pundits have speculated on the position he’ll play in Republican Social gathering politics. Whereas few Congressional Republicans have criticized Trump’s character publicly, a number of like Senators Jeff Flake and Bob Corker did so after saying their meant retirement on their method out.

Romney appears to have modified the equation by taking over Trump on his approach into Congress. Others have complained privately about Trump fearing that a public show would almost certainly place them in Trump’s Twitter cross hairs and set them up for a attainable main problem.

Romney, although, has no actual considerations a few critical problem if he decides to hunt a second time period since Trump has low marks even within the deep pink state of Utah.

Romney does, nevertheless, help many of Trump’s coverage agenda gadgets such because the restricted position of authorities and abolition of the ACA, typically referred to as “Obamacare,” which, by the way was patterned on the state healthcare system Romney championed as Massachusetts governor.

Throughout his run within the 2012 presidential race, Romney argued:

I hope individuals perceive this, your mates who like Obamacare, you remind them of this: if they need extra stuff from authorities inform them to go vote for the opposite man – extra free stuff.

Some pundits have speculated that Romney’s Mormon religion compels him, although, to boost Trump’s points of character and morality, because it has different Mormon politicians like former three-term Senator, Bob Bennett, additionally from Utah.

In Romney Washington Submit op-ed, he said:

I don’t intend to touch upon each tweet or fault. However I’ll converse out towards vital statements or actions which might be divisive, racist, sexist, anti-immigrant, dishonest or damaging to democratic establishments.

However does Romney and Bennett’s Mormonism give them an ethical higher hand to criticize Trump’s morality and character?

The Despicable Legacy of The Church of Jesus Christ Latter-day Saints:

I used to be requested to signal a petition, which requested that the Mormon Tabernacle Choir not carry out as scheduled at Donald Trump’s inauguration in January 2017. The petition learn partially:

We, as signers of this petition, consider that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ choice to permit the Mormon Tabernacle Choir to carry out on the upcoming presidential inauguration of Donald Trump DOES NOT mirror the values of Mormonism and doesn’t characterize its numerous 15+ million members worldwide.

I couldn’t signal the petition in good religion as a result of I consider Donald Trump and the values of Mormonism do, actually, align. Since its very founding and persevering with over time, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has perpetuated in coverage and motion, as has Donald Trump, quite a few varieties of oppression, and in phrases of LDS, most notably sexism, heterosexism, racism, and anti-Jewish oppression.

Sexism

Males are referred to as as excessive clergymen as a result of of their exceeding religion and good works — They’re to show the commandments — By way of righteousness they’re sanctified and enter into the remaining of the Lord — Melchizedek was one of these — Angels are declaring glad tidings all through the land — They’ll declare the precise coming of Christ. About 82 B.C. — Chapter 13, Guide of Alma in The Ebook of Mormon

The Bishops Council of LDS (an all-male meeting) lately excommunicated life-long dedicated member in absentia, Kate Kelly, on the cost of “apostasy” for “conduct contrary to the laws and order of the church.”

The “conduct” to which the Bishops refer quantities to Kelly’s lobbying efforts for the Church to vary its insurance policies and eventually permit ladies’s ordination. Kelly serves as a lawyer and she or he co-founded the web site OrdainWomen.org as a discussion board to boost points and supply dialogue on this significant matter. In response to the web site:

Ordain Ladies aspires to create an area for Mormons to articulate points of gender inequality they could be hesitant to boost alone. As a gaggle we intend to place ourselves within the public eye and name consideration to the necessity for the ordination of Mormon ladies to the priesthood.

The Bishops advised Kelly in an e mail message that she might achieve reinstatement after one yr if she exhibited “true repentance” and relinquished her activism for ladies’s ordination. Kelly, nevertheless, claiming she “did nothing wrong,” vowed not to surrender her battle, and although she doesn’t have hope for a reversal, she plans to attraction the choice.

Heterosexism

Gay conduct violates the commandments of God, is opposite to the needs of human sexuality, distorts loving relationships, and deprives individuals of the blessings that may be present in household life and within the saving ordinances of the gospel. Those that persist in such conduct or who affect others to take action are topic to Church self-discipline. Gay conduct may be forgiven by way of honest repentance. — The Handbook of Directions, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

These phrases supposedly expressed God’s revelation to the management of LDS and reaffirmed in 1995 when the First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles entered the talk on the parameters of marriage by issuing “The Family: A Proclamation to the World.”

It said partially,

We, the First Presidency and the Council of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, solemnly proclaim that marriage between a person and a lady is ordained of God and that the household is central to the Creator’s plan for the everlasting future of His Youngsters” and claiming that the facility to create youngsters “is not an incidental part of the plan of happiness. It is the key – the very key….This commandment has never been rescinded.

Leaders and members of the Church, therefore, justified contributing an estimated 20 million dollars to the 2008 California Ballot 8 initiative campaign, which succeeded in limiting the rights and benefits of marriage to one man and one woman.

If the Church’s position on same-sex attractions, expression, and marriage for same-sex couples was not clear enough, LDS President of the Quorum of Twelve Apostles, Boyd K. Packer, referred to homosexuality throughout a sharply worded sermon as “wrong,” or “basically wrong,” “wicked,” “impure,” “unnatural,” “immoral,” “against nature,” “evil,” and as a menace to civilization.

Packer’s sermon, delivered to the greater than 20,000 members within the LDS Convention Middle in Salt Lake Metropolis, and hundreds of thousands extra watching on satellite tv for pc tv on the Church’s 180th Semiannual Basic Convention in October 2010, said partially:

We train a normal of ethical conduct that may shield us from Devil’s many substitutes or counterfeits for marriage. We should perceive that any persuasion to enter into any relationship that isn’t in concord with the rules of the gospel have to be fallacious. From the Guide of Mormon we study that ‘wickedness never was happiness’….There are these right now who not solely tolerate however advocate voting to vary legal guidelines that may legalize immorality, as if a vote would one way or the other alter the designs of God’s legal guidelines and nature. A regulation towards nature can be unattainable to implement….To legalize that which is principally improper or evil won’t forestall the ache and penalties that may comply with as certainly as night time follows day….If we don’t shield and foster the household, civilization and our liberties should perish.

Beneath this backdrop and actually throughout the road and one block from the Mormon Temple in Salt Lake Metropolis, I used to be invited to current a keynote tackle to the delegates on the Eighty-First Annual Conference of the Rocky Mountain Psychological Affiliation on April 16, 2011.

I titled my handle, “Homophobia: How We All Pay the Price,” based mostly on the notion that homophobia — typically known as “heterosexism” (prejudice and discrimination towards LGBTQ individuals) is pervasive all through society and every of us, irrespective of sexual or gender id and expression, is in danger of its dangerous results.

Following my keynote handle, a number of of the conference delegates got here to the rostrum to speak about how a lot that they had gained from my remarks. I used to be enormously touched by the phrases of three delegates who actually moved me to tears.

A lady approached me with moistened eyes and tears operating down her cheeks. Unable initially to talk, she hugged me and sobbed on my shoulder. She finally expressed how a lot my phrases had moved her, and thru her sobs, advised me the story of how her stepson, a younger homosexual man, had killed himself three years earlier, and the way members of her spiritual group, the LDS congregation of her small rural group, had shunned and scorned her when the younger man’s sexual id had develop into recognized.

Phrases failed me as we continued to carry and luxury one another.

Wanting on was one other lady who joined us.

I’ve a nine-year-old son, whom I’m fairly sure is homosexual,” she informed us, as tears additionally streamed from her eyes. “I am forced to make a decision,” she stated with urgency in her voice. “I must leave my LDS church and save my son from a possibly tragic fate if I remain. My son is the most important thing in my life, and I refuse to lose him to the narrow views of the people around me.

While sad, she also now felt somewhat empowered in her decision to separate from what she considered as abuse and misunderstanding from her church community.

As I was on my way out of the large conference hall, I noticed a man, red-eyed, who beckoned me.

I am a professor at Brigham Young University,” he defined. “Until your talk, I had never truly understood the hurt the LDS policy has on real people, but you personalized the issue for me.” With a tone of deep sincerity in his voice, he stated: “I commit to you that I will bring this message to my campus when I go back to work on Monday.

Racism

The LDS “revelation” on sexuality and gender expression has, certainly, harm and broken actual individuals, however wanting again traditionally, different LDS “revelations” have negatively affected actual individuals whereas damaging the Church’s popularity.

Then LDS president, Brigham Younger, instituted a coverage on February 13, 1849, emanating from “divine revelation” and persevering with till as lately as 1978 forbidding the ordination of black males of African descent from the ranks of LDS priesthood. As well as, this coverage prohibited black women and men of African descent from collaborating within the temple Endowment and Sealings, which the Church calls for as important for the very best diploma of salvation. The coverage likewise restricted black individuals from attending or collaborating in temple marriages.

Younger attributed this restriction to the sin of Cain, Adam and Eve’s eldest son, who killed his brother Abel:

What probability is there for the redemption of the Negro?,” said Younger in 1849 following declaration of his restrictive coverage. “The Lord had cursed Cain’s seed with blackness and prohibited them the Priesthood.

While making a speech to the Utah Territorial Legislature in 1852, Young further asserted:

Any man having one drop of the seed of [Cain]…in him cannot hold the Priesthood, and if no other Prophet ever spoke it before, I will say it now in the name of Jesus Christ I know it is true and others know it.

In another instance, Young continued:

You see some classes of the human family that are black, uncouth, uncomely, disagreeable and low in their habits, wild, and seemingly deprived of nearly all the blessings of the intelligence that is generally bestowed upon mankind….Cain slew his brother. Cain might have been killed, and that would have put a termination to that line of human beings. That was not to be, and the Lord put a mark upon him, which is the flat nose and black skin…that they should be the ‘servant of servants’; and they will be, until that curse is removed….

Joseph Fielding Smith, Tenth Prophet and President of the LDS Church wrote in 1935 that,

Not only was Cain called upon to suffer, but because of his wickedness, he became the father of an inferior race. A curse was placed upon him and that curse has been continued through his lineage and must do so while time endures….

And in 1963 he asserted:

Such a change [in our policy] can come about only through divine revelation, and no one can predict when a divine revelation will occur.

It seems that the Twelfth LDS Church president, Spencer W. Kimball, who served from 1973 to his death in 1985, was touched with such a “vision” and, subsequently, reversed the ban, referring to it as “the long-promised day.”

We will ask at this time whether or not “revelation” or mere pragmatism was the figuring out think about allowing black individuals full membership rights within the Church at a time of ongoing and heightened civil rights actions in the USA and a rise in LDS missionary recruiting efforts all through the African continent.

We will additionally ask whether or not “revelation” or mere pragmatism was the motivating consideration for abandoning its promotion of polygamous marriages at a time when america Congress demanded this as a situation for the admission of Utah as a state inside america.

Anti-Jewish Oppression:

Stories got here to mild in 1995 that LDS was secretly inflicting pressured and unwarranted posthumous “baptisms” onto Jewish Holocaust victims, together with my European kinfolk whom the Nazis murdered. After the follow surfaced, LDS promised to discontinue these ritual baptisms however reneged.

LDS disclosed in 2011 it had “baptized” Daniel Pearl, a reporter who was Jewish for the Wall Road Journal whom terrorists kidnapped and killed in Pakistan in 2002 and in addition Anne Frank, whom LDS baptized in 2012.

So, whereas we will applaud Mitt Romney for breaking ranks with most different Republican politicians by persistently condemning Donald Trump’s character and morality, he stands on a basis of deep quicksand if he or anybody does so based mostly on his Mormon background.

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