Book of Mormon Notes– How deep can you dig?

2012, September 14

“A Mormon! A Mormon! Anyone but a Mormon for President!” by grego

“A Mormon! A Mormon! Anyone but a Mormon for President!”

(c) 2012

(I actually wrote this a year and a half ago.)

A 2007 study by Vanderbilt University that researched possible public reaction to a presidential run by Mitt Romney (a Mormon) concluded that political bias against Mormons is significantly more intense than bias against either African Americans or women.

Much of this bias is from “Christians”.

Based on many reports and media evidence, I’ll go further. Even for Christians:
–a bisexual pimping liar is more preferable than a Mormon.
–a cheating party boy with an IQ and intelligence shown lower than a typical junior-high school student homosexual is more preferable than a Mormon.
–a communistic Muslim with few life accomplishments who uses hardcore illegal political tactics yet can’t even prove he is American is more preferable than a Mormon.

Don’t get me wrong: I can dislike Mormon politicians. I don’t agree that a Mormon would be the best choice for President, just because that person is a Mormon. And I have encouraged others to vote against Mormon politicians sometimes.

But I must wonder, why the OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder) logic-defying thought and action among many Americans, especially Christians, when it comes to Mormons in political office, especially President?

Does it have to do with intelligence? I don’t know, but I can say that Christians in general aren’t the most intelligent people I’ve met when it comes to actual thinking skills, logic, etc. (The most unintelligent comments I’ve gotten on this blog, other than from stoned/ drunk teenagers, are from “Christians”.)

American Christianity has usually been (and still is) based on emotions and persuasion, not on rational thought.

Here’s a typical argument: “Mormons are evil; they think Jesus and Satan are brothers. (Do you see a logical connection? I don’t.)
They can’t be brothers, because the Bible says Jesus created everything.” So, does that include his mother and God and himself? And… Satan??! Jesus created Satan?? What the heck?!? Is Jesus’ creating Satan better or worse than Satan and Jesus being brothers, like Cain and Abel were brothers? How come about every Christian has no problem with believing that Cain and Abel were both sons of Adam and Eve, and brothers—but not that Satan and Jesus could both be sons of God, and brothers?.”

Anyway, since people wonder what a Mormon presidential political platform might look like, let’s look at the platform of Joseph Smith (yes, THAT Joseph Smith: first Mormon presidential candidate, first assassinated presidential candidate, and for most Christians somewhere between the most evil man to live, to a misguided, delusional guy):

* “When the people are secure and their rights properly respected, then the four main pillars of prosperity, viz: agriculture, manufactures, navigation, and commerce, need the fostering care of government, and in so goodly a country as ours…it certainly is the highest point of subversion (sic) to protect the whole northern and southern, eastern and western, center and circumference of the realm, by a judicious tariff.” [=import tax]

* “I will adopt in part the language of Mr. Madison’s inaugural address, ‘To cherish peace and friendly intercourse with all nations, having correspondent dispositions; to maintain sincere neutrality towards belligerent nations; to prefer in all cases amicable discussion and reasonable accommodation of intrigues and foreign partialities, so degrading to all countries, and so baneful to free ones; to foster a spirit of independence too just to invade the rights of others, too proud to surrender their own, too liberal to indulge unworthy prejudices ourselves, and too elevated not to look down upon them in others.’”

* “[H]old the union of the States as the basis of their peace and happiness; to support the constitution, which is the cement of the union, as well in its limitations as in its authorities; to respect the rights and authorities reserved to the states and to the people…to avoid the slightest interference with the rights of conscience, or the functions of religion, so wisely exempted from civil jurisdiction; to preserve in their full energy, the other salutary provisions in behalf of private and personal rights, and of the freedom of the press.”

* “Reduce Congress at least one half. Two Senators from a state and two members to a million of population, will do more business than the army that now occupy the halls of the National Legislature. Pay them two dollars and their board per diem; except Sundays, that is more than the farmer gets, and he lives honestly. Curtail the offices of government in pay, number and power; for the Philistine lords have shorn our nation of its goodly locks in the lap of Delilah.”

* “Petition your state legislatures to pardon every convict in their several penitentiaries, blessing them as they go, and saying to them, in the name of the Lord, go thy way and sin no more. Advise your legislators when they make laws for larceny, burglary or any felony, to make the penalty applicable to work upon roads, public works, or any place where the culprit can be taught more wisdom and more virtue; and become more enlightened. Rigor and seclusion will never do as much to reform the propensities of man, as reason and friendship. Murder only can claim confinement or death. Let the penitentiaries be turned into seminaries of learning, where intelligence, like the angels of heaven, would banish such fragments of barbarism. Imprisonment for debt is a meaner practice than the savage tolerates with all his ferocity. ‘Amor vincit amnia.’ Love conquers all.”

* “Petition, also, ye goodly inhabitants of the slave states, your legislators to abolish slavery by the year 1850, or now, and save the abolitionist from reproach and ruin, infamy and shame. Pray Congress to pay every man a reasonable price for his slaves out of the surplus revenue arising from the sale of public lands, and from the deduction of pay from the members of Congress. Break off the shackles from the poor black man, and hire him to labor like other human beings; for ‘an hour of virtuous liberty on earth, is worth a whole eternity of bondage!’”

* “Abolish the practice in the army and navy of trying men by court martial for desertion; if a soldier or marine runs away, send him his wages, with this instruction, that his country will never trust him again; he has forfeited his honor. Make HONOR the standard with all men: be sure that good is rendered for evil in all cases; and the whole nation, like a kingdom of kings and priests, will rise up with righteousness; and be respected as wise and worthy on earth; and as just and holy for heaven; by Jehovah, the author of perfection.”

* “More economy in the national and state governments, would make less taxes among the people.”

* “For the accommodation of the people of every state and territory, let Congress shew their wisdom by granting a national bank, with branches in each state and territory, where the capital stock shall be held by the nation for the mother bank: and by the states and territories, for the branches…which several banks shall never issue any more bills than the amount of capital stock in her vaults and the interest…[t]he net gain of the mother bank shall be applied to the national revenue, and that of the branches to the states and territories’ revenues. And the bills shall be par throughout the nation, which will mercifully cure that fatal disorder known in cities as brokerage; and leave the people’s money in their own pockets.”

* “Give every man his constitutional freedom, and the president full power to send an army to suppress mobs; and the states authority to repeal and impugn that relic of folly, which makes it necessary for the governor of a state to make the demand of the president for troops, in case of invasion or rebellion. The governor himself may be a mobber and, instead of being punished, as he should be, for murder and treason, he may destroy the very lives, rights, and property he should protect.”

* “Oregon belongs to this government honorably, and when we have the red man’s consent, let the union spread from the east to the west sea; and if Texas petitions Congress to be adopted among the sons of liberty, give her the right hand of fellowship; and refuse not the same friendly grip to Canada and Mexico.”

Is any of that worse than what past presidents have done? (And note that with Joseph Smith, it wasn’t political talk to make people happy and get votes, it was a PLAN to put into action.) Seriously, look at where America is nowadays… I see lots of wisdom in his political words, and time has borne them out. Large and dangerous problems facing America and ripping her apart right now would have been solved peacefully long ago had his platform principles been followed.

So what is it that so many people fear about a Mormon president? I believe most people who don’t want a Mormon president think that way because they don’t love and seek truth, and have relied on others’ biases and lies to do their thinking for them. Mormons are often accused of “having their thinking done for them”; let me ask you, who has done your thinking for you on Mormons in political office? If you say, “Myself, after much research, question-asking and answer-getting from others and especially Mormons, and mulling it over, as free as bias as you can get, congratulations! :)

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