Sunday, 20 February 2011

Has the Christian Conservative Right choosen a Mormon as their Spokesman?

please watch this, and let me know if you think. btw, i was taking myself too seriously when i wrote this rant below the video . . . sorry for the break in the no-caps decorum. i like no-caps more, but i guess i wanted to be taken a bit seriously . . .

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It was just a couple of years ago that the Christian Conservative Right threw Mitt Romney under the bus by keeping Mike Huckabee in the primary, and thereby pulling the Christian Right votes away from Romeny. They were terrified of a Mormon being the voice of the party.

But just one year after blocking the one candidate that could have fought a formative fight against Obama, they crowned Glen Beck as the one who could lead them to victory.

I’m shocked that this is happening for three reasons:
  1. some of what Glenn Beck is spewing is Mormon Doctrine of how the Second Coming of Christ is going to come, he is just saying as though it is happening, when in fact he is just making stuff up.
  2. i was pretty sure that the Christian Conservative Right held some enmity against “the Church”, as we Mormons call ourselves.
  3. Glenn Beck is the worst example of a Mormon I’ve ever seen. Mormons are not bombastic, selfish, xenophobic people. (At least we aren't supposed to be according to our theology*.) We are warm and generous. Our goal is to live each day with the love of Jesus in our heart. A common scripture in LDS Sacrament Meetings is “perfect love casteth out all fear”. President Hinckley, the popular Mormon prophet who passed away in 2008, said that “we have every reason to be optimistic in this world. Tragedy is around, yes. Problems everywhere, yes. … You can’t, you don’t, build out of pessimism or cynicism. You look with optimism, work with faith, and things happen." (from Ensign, June 1995) And GB is the opposite of this.

So why aren’t more people shutting this guy up?

It seems like the most "Christian Right" are spooked by Mormons and that they should be making sure that NO ONE is listening to the Mormon theology let alone paving the way for their base to learn to love/trust Mormons. Does the Christian Right not see that they are laying the ground work for their base to trust Mitt or John (should they run)? Is Mormonism now okay’d by the Christian mainstream? This must be news to the Christian mainstream (and probably news to Mitt too.)

Mitt Romney’s faith was used as a divisive tool in the Southern State primaries in 2008. Mormon bashing hit an all time high on the the internet. (both from the far right and even the middle left.) It is obvious that Mitt was strong armed out of the race by the Christian Right, right?

Just after the primary, conservative Mormons were livid (at least the ones I know). It was clear to all of them that iMitt’s Mormon-ness lost him the nomination -- Mitt was actually was speaking the a more conservative, GOP, base-baiting language, yet John (Mr. Middle of the Road) gets the nomination, because Mitt is a "freaky Mormon - non-Christian".

I feel like the Mormon Church is in an abusive relationship with the Christian Coalition: like we are the pet dogs of the Republican Party. They kick us around because of our faith, and we run back to their lap just hoping we can join forces on things like the hate-filled proposition 8, (which kinda supports their non-Christian view of us) and then we are still surprised when even that isn't enough to get the mainstream to love us. How many times does this need to happen?
Why are we always on the wrong side of the civil-rights issues? When we, as a matter of obedience, live in very non-traditional marriage relationships (plural on purpose, polygamy and polyandry were practiced). Anyway, a discussion for another time.

We not only become the pack mules, but we look like we are just the pawns to a much larger, more sophisticated, more powerful political machine. We kinda look like idiots because we don't see how we are being used.

Worse than that: We are also being misrepresented. The most famous and loudest Mormon voice in the world sounds nothing like Jesus Christ’s, or even a member of His church. Where is the outrage of the Mormons decrying Glenn Beck as a phony Mormon? Aren't we a people that preaches “blessed are the peacemakers”. Isn't it Mormons that truly believe that “when you have done it unto the least of these my brethren, you have done it unto me” (Matt 25:40) “and ye will not have a mind to injure one another, but to live peaceably, and to render to every man according to that which is his due. . . for behold, are we not all beggers.” (Mosiah 4:13,19)

This much I can tell you, that if ye do not watch yourselves, and your thoughts, and your words, and your deeds, and observe the commandments of God, and continue in the faith of what ye have heard concerning the coming of our Lord, even unto the end of your lives, ye must perish. And now, O man, remember, and perish not. (Moshiah 4:30)

Seems like no matter where you sit on this, if you love or hate the Mormons. Everyone should be hating Glenn Beck and the voice of his “movement” – if that is what you call this shit!

* does anyone remember when ammon teaches king lamoni and they have this dialogue:

L: "Rabbanah, (which is, being interpreted, powerful or great king, considering their kings to be powerful; and thus he said unto him) the king desireth thee to stay."

A: "What wilt thou that I should do for thee, O king?

And the king answered him not for the space of an ahour, according to their time, for he knew not what he should say unto him.

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