helpful link: http://www.carm.org/mormon.htm
My reactions. First, Romney looked presidential (or what I think the American people think a president should look like – why does that even matter). It was a great call to return to the framework the founding fathers had intended. There was/is no separation of church and state in the Constitution. But there is something even conservative and Christian commentators are missing.
Comparing his speech to JFK’s is apples to oranges. Primarily because while we (Catholics and Protestants) have some huge disagreements in our religion. Catholicism is neither a false religion or a cult. Mormonism is, by definition, a cult where you can obtain Godship for yourself. God (according to Mitt Romney’s faith) was once a man who through his own goodness has become a god. I realize calling Mormonism or the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints a cult may be offensive to those in “the church.” But see for yourself. Joseph Smith failed in his predictions of the return of Christ and many other “Thus says the Lord” prophesies. He was, by definition, a false prophet. Again, I am not trying to offend. Just pointing out what commentators are missing.
Along those same lines, Romney said, “There is one fundamental question about which I often am asked. What do I believe about Jesus Christ? I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and the Savior of mankind.”
Don’t be fooled by Mormon word-theft and hair gel!
Here’s what he really means [my comments in brackets]:
There is one fundamental question about which I often am asked [but never answer]. What do I [ok – well, Mormons] believe about Jesus Christ? I [avoiding the term Mormons] believe that Jesus [first born spirit of Heaven and Satan’s older brother] Christ [not in the full atonement way] is the [physically conceived (iow: God and Mary had sex)] Son of God [also once a man from another planet, but now perfect and ruler of this universe, from the planet Kolob*] and the Savior [at least if you can’t do it yourself, or no one prays you in after you are dead] of mankind.
[PS: this speech should make me a shoe in toward becoming my own God].
Look Mitt, just be honest and say, “You bet I’ll make a good president, I’m working my way up to ruler of my own universe – so I got a lot riding on this!”
Seriously, I will not vote for someone who belongs to a cult. Does that make me a bigot? Of course not. We should not give credence and a platform to any false religion. I also wont be voting for Jose Luis de Jesus Miranda or any member of the Branch Davidians, either.
* I swear, I am not making that Kolob part up!!!