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Radio Host, Imam Yusuf Ramadan, engages Professor Molly Worthen of The University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill - in a conversation on the development of conservative religion in America and its cultural diversity. How religion is operating in today's politics.
Produced by :Syed Hasan Ali & William The'KRadio Host, Imam Yusuf Ramadan, engages Professor Molly Worthen of The University of... more
On June 4, 2008, Stanley Ann Dunham, the president’s mother, was posthumously baptized by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. She died in 1995 at the age of 52 from cancer. She was always described as a non-religious person in life, and was a self-proclaimed spiritualist, though she remained skeptical of all religions. Apparently, this was not good enough for the LDS church, and they saw fit to violate her in death when she could not defend herself.
http://veracitystew.com/?p=42755On June 4, 2008, Stanley Ann Dunham, the president’s mother, was posthumously... more
The pious world of BYU was expected to spawn the man who would lead the Mormons into the White House and fulfill the prophecies of the church’s founder, Joseph Smith Jr., which Romney has avidly sought to realize.
http://www.salon.com/2012/01/29/mitt_and_the_white_horse_prophecy/The pious world of BYU was expected to spawn the man who would lead the Mormons into... more
This had us laughing till we cried... http://veracitystew.com/?p=42616
There are many things covered in the interview, including Romney’s reaction to Bill Clinton’s speech at the Democratic National Convention, Ann Romney’s defense of her husband’s business practices and their wealth, and, perhaps most interestingly, his discussion of how his Mormon faith influenced his choice to run for office and leave his business career behind.
http://veracitystew.com/?p=42380There are many things covered in the interview, including Romney’s reaction to... more
We feel guilty about laughing so hard at this. But then again...we love a good political parody.
(let the trolls commence with their judgment and scorn)
http://veracitystew.com/?p=42326We feel guilty about laughing so hard at this. But then again...we love a good... more
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney said his charitable giving to the Mormon Church, a practice known as tithing, makes him uneasy about revealing more of his tax returns as demanded by Democrats, according to an interview in Parade Magazine.
"Our church doesn't publish how much people have given. This is done entirely privately," Romney told the magazine in an interview to be published on Sunday. "One of the downsides of releasing one's financial information is that this is now all public."
Democrats and others are pressuring Romney to release more than two years of tax returns. He is expected to be officially nominated next week as the Republican candidate to take on Democratic President Barack Obama on November 6.
Romney has maintained he will not reveal more than his returns for 2010, released in January, and for 2011, expected by mid-October.
As a Mormon, Romney says he abides by the practice of giving 10 percent of his income to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Romney has given $4.1 million to the church over the past two years, amounting to 9.7 percent of his adjusted gross income, according to his 2010 tax return and a 2011 estimate he has released.Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney said his charitable giving to the Mormon... more
Have you ever read the Mormon’s Book of Abraham? There is an interesting tidbit there about God living on or very nearby to the planet Kolob. What is also very interesting is that astronomers have yet to ever identify where Kolob is…LOL!
Isn’t it bad enough voting for a person for President who believes that some guy (i.e., Joseph Smith) born in Sharon, Vermont, in 1805 was divine-like? I say divine-like since there are all of these references to his divinity throughout Mormon literature: we read that Smith had a divine manifestation, a divine revelation, a divine inspiration, a divine mission, a divine calling, even a divine origin?
But isn’t it sort of pushing the envelope then to ask folks to vote for a supposedly sane person for President, but who believes (if he is a practicing Mormon, and we know he gave lots of money to that Church, so at least he appears to be practicing with his wallet) that God lives on the planet Kolob?! I mean, isn’t it kind of like asking you to vote for Rod Serling for President? Do you think Rod might live on Kolob now?
Please realize that whoever gets to the Oval Office presumably has the power to push that button starting a nuclear war sending us all to Kolob with him. Didn’t you hear Romney rattle the saber on his recent trip to Israel? Pretty scary stuff. Yet another Middle East war, et tu, Brutus?
And is Mormonism really Christianity? Isn’t there this little, bitty difference about the divine-like nature of Joseph Smith, and the little bitty divergence from the Niocene doctrine of the Trinity with its belief that the Father, the Son, the Holy Ghost are three separate divinities, and not One God?
Isn’t the fundamental basis of both Judaism and Christianity is the belief in one god instead of a multiplicity of gods? Isn’t that what caused the big rift between the Jews and Christians from the Greeks and Romans? Did not the Jews and Christians denounce the pagans for their beliefs in all of their many, multiple gods: gods for every occasion?
What is hilarious to me is that Romney will get 99% of the Christian fundamentalist vote in spite of his Mormonism worship of Joseph Smith–who according to its scripture will be at the gate approving who gets into Kolob; obviously St. Peter has been replaced–and in spite of the Mormonism apparent belief in multiple gods, and not just one divinity.
They didn’t have LSD back in the early 1800s, did they? Hmmm…the “LDS” designation of the Church…I wonder, is there any connection there? LOL!Have you ever read the Mormon’s Book of Abraham? There is an interesting tidbit... more
Large and increasing numbers of Republicans, particularly conservative Republicans, believe Barack Obama is a Muslim. This fiction has been helped along by goobs conflating Islam with terrorism, or in Michele Bachmann’s fevered imagination, traitorous unamericanism. Many Christian zealots believe Muslims, and by extension the “Master Muslim” Obama, are filthy devils incarnate chiefly because they aren’t Christian. But aside from Atheists, they inexplicably don’t make such a big deal over Jews, Hindus, Buddhists, or any number of other non-Christian beliefs. Even child-abusing priests are somewhat OK as long as they are conservative child-abusing priests.Large and increasing numbers of Republicans, particularly conservative Republicans,... more
On Wednesday, Mitt Romney will address the annual meeting of the NAACP. The idea that Romney would have anything of substance (or truth) to say to the members of the NAACP is laughable. How do you prep a candidate like Romney for such a speech? We have an idea thanks to this satirical video.
http://veracitystew.com/?p=38789On Wednesday, Mitt Romney will address the annual meeting of the NAACP. The idea that... more
John Sweeney investigates the beliefs of Mitt Romney, the man most likely to take on Barack Obama later this year, and asks whether America is ready for a Mormon president.
Sweeney travels to Utah to examine the appeal of the world's fastest growing religion. He meets the stars of its expensive ad campaign 'I'm a Mormon', who tell him of their dedication to family and charity. He meets polygamists, followers of an old Mormon tradition the official Church has turned its back on, he talks to missionaries who recruit people around the world just like Mitt Romney in the sixties, finds ex-members who claim they are cut off from their families and accuse Mormonism of being a cult, and he explores the faith with a Mormon apostle.
In this segment, John Sweeney interviews Park Romney, Mitt Romney's second cousin.
About Park Romney:
Park Romney is the author of "The Apostasy of a High Priest", a challenging commentary on the sociology, politics, culture, and doctrines of the Mormon Church and a candid and enlightening discussion on the philosophical journey of his own decision to leave the Mormon Church.John Sweeney investigates the beliefs of Mitt Romney, the man most likely to take on... more
By David Edwards
Sunday, April 8, 2012 12:06 EDT
Evangelical Saddleback Church founder Rick Warren says that Christians have a disagreement with Mormonism because it “denies” certain fundamental Christian beliefs.
In an Easter Sunday interview on ABC, Jake Tapper noted that Mitt Romney, a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, was almost certain to be the Republican presidential nominee.
“Are Mormons Christians?” Tapper asked Warren.
“Well, the key sticking point for evangelicals and actually for many is the issue of the Trinity,” the evangelical pastor explained. “Orthodox Christians, Catholic Christians, Protestant Christians, evangelical Christians and Pentecostal Christians all believe in the Trinity; that’s the historic doctrine of the church, that God is three-in-one. Not three gods; one God in Father, Son and Holy Spirit.”
“Mormonism denies that. That’s a sticking point for a lot of Catholic Christians, evangelical Christians, Pentecostal Christians, because they don’t — they don’t believe that.”
“Now they’ll use the same terminology, but they don’t believe in the historic doctrine of the Trinity,” Warren added. “And people have tried to make it other issues. But that’s really one of the fundamental differences.”
Throughout the primary season, Romney has had a problem getting support from evangelicals. He lost the evangelical vote by double digits in Tennessee, Michigan, Iowa, Ohio, Georgia and South Carolina.
Watch the video from ABC’s This Week, broadcast on April 8, 2012.
"UhOh, I was wondering when Mitt's faith will be called to light!!! So let's have at it!!! Is the GOP gonna Bitch about Mitt's choice of Religion??? They sure as Heck could not shut the Hell up about or whether BO was Christian, for at least his first two years in Office!!!!"By David Edwards Sunday, April 8, 2012 12:06 EDT Evangelical Saddleback Church... more
By Eric W. Dolan
Monday, April 2, 2012 16:52 EDT
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Monday quickly shot down a hostile question regarding his Mormon faith during a town hall event in Green Bay.
Bret Hatch, a 28-year old Ron Paul supporter, according to CNN, began reading a passage from the Book of Mormon that said the children of Canaan were despised for their blackness. But Romney cut him off, asking if he had an actual question.
“I guess my question is, do you believe it’s a sin for a white man to marry and procreate with a black?” Hatch asked.
“No. Next question,” Romney responded.
He later explained that he had been a bishop at his Boston church, where he counseled members of the congregation about unemployment, marital issues, and similar problems.
Many conservative Christians — a major base of the Republican Party — see Mormonism as a heretical offshoot of their religion, which has lead some to question whether Republican voters could support a Mormon president.
According to a Pew Research Center survey from 2011, 53 percent of white evangelical Protestants said Mormonism was not a Christian faith.
However, those same voters overwhelmingly support Romney in a hypothetical match up against President Barack Obama.
Watch video, courtesy of CNN...
"Hmmm, a Bag of Rocks, the Grand PooBah, No political Career, seeing jobs come and seeing them go (my guess is you helped send those jobs overseas)... Ok, I'm listening, carry on... Qualified in a 'Unique Way'..."
"Well how about that??? I really dig the Munster looking Fella in the Background!!!" =)By Eric W. Dolan Monday, April 2, 2012 16:52 EDT Republican presidential candidate... more
By David Edwards
Monday, March 26, 2012 13:34 EDT
Mitt Romney’s second cousin, Park Romney, once was once a Mormon high priest, but he is now denouncing the religion as a cult.
Park told BBC recently that he left the church because “I became convinced that it’s a fraud.”
“There’s compelling evidence that the Mormon Church leaders knowingly and wilfully misrepresent the historical truth of their origins and of the church for the purpose of deceiving their members into a state of mind that renders them exploitable,” he explained.
Park points to one of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saint’s foundational documents, the Book of Abraham, which church founder Joseph Smith claimed to have translated from an Egyptian scroll.
After examining the translation, British Assyriologist Dr. Archibald Henry Sayce determined that it was “difficult to deal with Joseph Smith’s impudent fraud.”
“His facsimile from the Book of Abraham No. 2 is an ordinary hypocephalus, but the hieroglyphics upon it have been copied to ignorantly that hardly one of them is correct,” Sayce wrote.
London University’s Dr. W. M. Flinders Petrie also agreed (PDF) “that there is not one single word that is true in these explanations.”
But Harvard Kennedy School Prof. Robert Putnam told BBC that the former Massachusetts governor’s religion is not often questioned in the U.S. because Americans value freedom of religion.
“It’s not something you’re supposed to talk about,” Putnam said. “Whenever the issue of Romney’s Mormonism has come to the surface, there’s been lots of condemnation across the political spectrum for raising the issue of his religion.”
“I’m not saying it’s not relevant, but it’s not talked about in polite company.”
For his part, Park claimed that the church encouraged his family to “shun” him after he began to question their tenets.
“I am alienated from my family,” Romney’s second cousin remarked. “Their doctrine, their protocol and their culture as enforced by bishops encourages the families to disassociate themselves from the apostate.”
Mormon Church elder Jeffrey Holland insisted that the church had no policy of shunning.
“We don’t use that word and we don’t know that practice,” he said. “If that is what they believe, it’s probably a good thing they leave, because we’re not a cult.”
“[I]f people want to call us a cult, you can call us a cult,” Holland added. “But we are 14 million and growing.”
Watch this video from Park Romney, uploaded to YouTube June 19, 2011.
"Wow!!! I bet Mitt never wanted you folks to see this one!!!" =)By David Edwards Monday, March 26, 2012 13:34 EDT Mitt Romney’s second... more
WATCH: The radio show, based in Birmingham, was supposed to be an opportunity for Romney to try and woo over some hardcore Southern Conservatives. But after the following interview, Romney might want to stick to wealthy enclaves and Utah for votes on election day.
http://veracitystew.com/?p=31940WATCH: The radio show, based in Birmingham, was supposed to be an opportunity for... more
By Chris Lehmann
Chris Lehmann is the author of Rich People Things (Haymarket, 2011), the editor of the Yahoo! News blogs, and an editor of Bookforum.
As the American media has copiously noted, the next year or so promises to be a breakout moment in the mainstreaming of the Mormon faith. There are already two Mormon contenders for the G.O.P. presidential nomination: former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney and former Utah governor and diplomat Jon Huntsman. There’s the Tony-winning Broadway comedy The Book of Mormon, which has proved a runaway critical and commercial success. (Serving as recognizable fodder for parody certainly marks a cultural coming-of-age, and for the most part, Mormon leaders have taken the send-up in confident stride.) There are high-profile offerings from Mormon sources that bear no explicit spiritual agenda but abound with Mormon-friendly themes, such as Stephenie Meyer’s hugely successful Twilight franchise of teen vampire novels. And thanks to the heroic promotional efforts of the country’s best-known Mormon convert, Glenn Beck, the work of a previously obscure Mormon polemicist and historian, W. Cleon Skousen, has attained both bestseller status and pride of place in the Tea Party movement. But for all the attention now lavished on how Mormonism fits in with the American experience, remarkably little is known about a key feature of Mormon belief: the organization of economic life. The omission is puzzling. Romney, after all, has staked his claim to the presidency largely on the basis of his business acumen. Amid a crippling recession, the former CEO of Bain Capital, with an estimated net worth of more than $200 million, presents himself as the assured corporate manager who can briskly lift America out of its long slough of despond. Surely, the conventional wisdom goes, Romney’s fiscal finesse should put him in the White House—and close the gap between Mormons and mainstream evangelicals, who have long regarded the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as a preserve of dangerous cultists.
In fact, the business side of Mormonism is a curious agent for the faith’s deliverance into the mainstream. It entails an ethos of accumulation that makes the so-called prosperity gospel seem listless by comparison. “Mormonism is the Protestant ethic on steroids,” argues Mark Skousen, a cheerfully libertarian professor of economics who holds the Benjamin Franklin Chair of Management at Grantham University, and who happens to be Cleon Skousen’s nephew. He describes what he calls an “Old Testament prosperity principle” in the Book of Mormon, “a kind of Abraham covenant: If you live a righteous life, God will bless you. Over and over, you read about this cycle of prosperity—a business cycle, if you will.”
Indeed, Skousen’s faith has been key to shaping his own anti-Keynesian outlook. “One of the reasons I rejected Keynesian economics and Paul Samuelson’s textbook,” he recalls, “is that I immediately felt they were contrary to church doctrine. The whole ‘paradox of thrift’ idea, [which held that] debt is okay—that made no sense to me from a traditional Mormon point of view.”
He is far from alone. Thanks in large part to the remarkable history of the church’s founding, today’s Mormons are model free-market apostles. They have a firm, strident (and historically well-founded) distrust of debt and government; they tend to fetishize precious metals and land assets over the fluid and unreliable fiat currencies that vie for dominance in global exchanges; they maintain a robust system of tithing and church voluntarism and a corresponding disdain for motivation-sapping entitlements and the welfare state; and by long-standing tradition, the heads of all Mormon households must carefully lay in a store of material provisions for the end times or other emergencies.
more at link: http://www.harpers.org/archive/2011/10/0083637By Chris Lehmann Chris Lehmann is the author of Rich People Things (Haymarket,... more
I appreciate your prayers for my heathen soul, but there’s no need. Really. I’m an atheist. I'm good. And Mormons, your posthumous baptism is more than one step over the line. It's unneeded, creepy, and unwanted – unless you want to modify that whole 72 Muslim virgins thing to a Mormon Unlimited Virgin Plan. I’m a big believer in more virgins at lower prices. It's proof of the value of free markets.I appreciate your prayers for my heathen soul, but there’s no need. Really.... more
February 5th, 2012
05:33 PM ET
Crossing the plains and kicking up dirt, a new Mormon pioneer
By Jessica Ravitz, CNN
San Diego (CNN) – At a 1950s-style house nestled in a peaceful neighborhood nicknamed “Hanukkah Hill,” a smiling Buddha on the porch greets visitors – his arms raised as if to say all are welcome.
Affixed to the doorpost is a mezuzah, a decorative case holding blessings for a Jewish home. Inside, on the family’s refrigerator, hangs a magnet from the Feminist Mormon Housewives blog that says, “Jesus loves us. Who cares what you think?”
In the kitchen stands Joanna Brooks, an accidental, unofficial and admittedly unauthorized source for all things Mormon. She’s making “funeral potatoes,” a classic Mormon casserole, and heaped on the counter are the ingredients: a not-so-healthy dose of cheese, butter, sour cream, hash browns and chicken soup. Her Jewish husband strolls by, takes a look at what’s cooking, and grimaces. Bespectacled and freckled 6-year-old Rosa, standing atop a chair, proudly announces, “I’m Jewish and Mormon!”
The home and life Brooks has created is the product of a complicated journey.
She cannot separate The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from her identity any more than she can leave cheese out of funeral potatoes. But like her persecuted ancestors who braved the unforgiving plains to reach the promised land of what is now Utah, Brooks, 40, fights for her faith.
The battle has, at times, left her feeling beaten.
As a young feminist activist, she saw her beloved church excommunicate her intellectual heroes. She’s felt outrage and soul-crushing grief while watching her church mobilize against same-sex marriages. For about 10 years, she walked away.
But today a vintage postcard of a Mormon missionary boarding a plane sits on her desk to inspire. It reads, in part, “Dare to be different.”
She believes there’s room in the LDS Church for loving criticism and candid talk, that Latter-day Saints like her can not just belong but also serve – without fear of being cast out into the wilderness.
She’s staking her claim to Mormonism, writing about it for Religion Dispatches, debunking myths in national papers, speaking up on podcasts, radio shows and from stages, and offering advice in her column and blog, Ask Mormon Girl. She recently self-published her memoir, “The Book of Mormon Girl: Stories from an American Faith” and writes regularly for Feminist Mormon Housewives. Politico has named her, or specifically her Twitter account, one of the “50 Politicos to Watch.” All this while being an award-winning scholar, a published poet and, oh yeah, a department chair and professor of English and comparative literature at San Diego State University.
[Click the audio player for a Q&A with Joanna Brooks from CNN Radio's John Lisk ]
Amid Mitt Romney’s presidential bid, the “I’m a Mormon” ad campaign and the smash-hit Broadway musical “Book of Mormon,” this Obama supporter has emerged as a refreshing voice for media, hungry for frank discussion about her faith.
Her goal? To be her authentic self and humanize a tradition and people she couldn't love more.
“I just refuse to be ashamed of being Mormon,” she says. “Don’t talk about us like we’re not in the room.”
.CNN... . February 5th, 2012 05:33 PM ET . Crossing the plains and... more
By all accounts Davies hated organized religion and raised his children, including Mitt's future wife Ann, the same way. After Mitt and Ann became a couple, the Romneys set out to convert all members of the Davies clan to Mormonism, eventually bringing all of Ann's siblings and mother (on her death bed) over to the Mormon Church. Ann's father remained defiant and rejected Mormonism.
http://veracitystew.com/2012/02/04/bill-maher-performs-unbaptism-on-romneys-dead-father-in-law-video/By all accounts Davies hated organized religion and raised his children, including... more
Many people like to compare the Tea Party to Occupy Wall St. I’m sure it’s a delight for the pundits to debate themselves on innumerable news programs and shout fests, but it doesn’t mean much right now. The situation is simply too fluid to predict where it will go.Many people like to compare the Tea Party to Occupy Wall St. I’m sure it’s... more