From Alternet via an alert reader, here’s Mittens talking about his Mormon faith—after he declared his candidacy for President—to Jan Mikelson of WHO radio in Des Moines, Iowa. Mittens thinks that Jesus will return in Missouri! But that’s what Mormons believe. (I note here that I was born in St. Louis.)
The reader who sent me this noted:
This is THE ONLY TIME I have seen Romney act like a live human who believes in something…
Sadly, Mittens believes in stuff that’s insane. Alternet quotes a Mormon site:
Background from Prisoner Minister: “Mormons believe Jesus will return to earth in Independence, Missouri to begin a 1,000 year reign. They think Mormons will at that time become gods. But before the return of Jesus, they believe the United States will come to a constitutional crisis, on the verge of collapse. They believe America will be saved by a Mormon leader. The founder of the Mormon religion, Joseph Smith, said, “The time will come when the destiny of the nation (USA) will hang upon a single thread. At that critical juncture, this people (Mormons) will save it from destruction.” Their prophet Brigham Young said, “When the Kingdom of God bears rule, the flag of the United States will proudly flutter.” Mormons, also called the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church), believe the Kingdom of God will arise from the rule of one man on earth, a political figure who will also be their spiritual leader. They believe there will be a one-world government ruled by this god-king. He will be a prophet and high priest of the Mormon faith, ruling the world from America.”
Not to mention the crazy underwear.
Mittens also endorses a book, The Making of America, which is dubious to say the least. From Alternet:
Bruce Wilson for Talk2Action writes about the interview:“…The former Massachusetts governor endorsed The Making of America, by fringe New World Order conspiracy theorist Cleon Skousen , a former Brigham Young University professor of Romney’s, and also cited Skousen’s opinions concerning the question of the Second Coming. Here’s video of the interchange [above]–which Mitt Romney may have difficulty explaining, especially in context of his carefully coiffed persona as a moderate Republican.As covered by Media Matters , in The Making of America Skousen claimed that slave owners were the true “victims” of the institution of slavery:
“Skousen is the author of several controversial works, including The Making of America: The Substance and Meaning of the Constitution, which presented as ‘the story of slavery in America’ a passage from a book that attacked abolitionists for delaying emancipation; cast slave owners as ‘the worst victims of the system’; claimed white schoolchildren ‘were likely to envy the freedom of their colored playmates’; and claimed that ‘[s]lavery did not make white labor unrespectable, but merely inefficient,’ because ‘the slave had a deliberateness of motion which no amount of supervision could quicken.’”
Although I’m a bit wary of saying that one shouldn’t vote against a candidate solely because of his/her religion, note that Mittens argues that his religious opposition to abortion should become public policy. THAT is the danger of religion, and why religious “truth” differs from scientific truth. In the case of the former, because one thinks he has the handle on what God absolutely decrees, it’s incumbent to try to impose that on everyone else, regardless of their faith.
At least Christopher Hitchens could make the distinction between his personal opposition to abortion and his view that, as a matter of public policy, women should have the right to choose.