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Why People Can’t Decode Mormonism

Posted in Election 2008 by Ryan on the October 19th, 2007

I’ve seen a number of promising things recently of Christian Evangelicals endorsing Romney, but there still seems to be this pervasive attack on Mormon theology.

As a practicing member of the LDS faith, I seriously can’t believe the misinformation that still gets spread around.  This article by Ken Bode is full of ridiculous “facts.”

Mormons reject the unified Trinity, for example, and teach that God and Adam were one and the same.

Yes, Mormons believe in 3 separate beings in the Trinity or “Godhead.”  I’m befuddled as to where and when God and Adam were ever the same person.

 …and that blacks are subhuman, “beasts of the field,” placed on earth as the living representatives of Satan.

Important to note that Mormons were never slave holders.  Blacks certainly weren’t allowed to hold the Priesthood until the 1970’s as the article says, but living representatives of Satan?!  Get real.

Women remain second-class citizens, and those who question that orthodoxy are often excommunicated, denying them everlasting life.

If you have an issue with Jesus only calling men to be apostles, then I guess this “second-class” claim would hold true.  Otherwise, just nonsense.

Romney has done everything he can to define Mormonism as mainstream Christian, “a quintessentially American faith,” insisting that he accepts Jesus Christ as his personal savior, which itself butts against LDS teaching.

I honestly can’t say that the author is willing to accept the truth about LDS teaching.  I don’t even know where to begin but his reference to “LDS teaching” uses the acronym attributed to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  Anyone who has ever gone to an LDS service or actually read anything from the entirety of LDS church history would recognize that Mormons didn’t make up a second Jesus.

As Ann Romney notes in a recent interview:

There are a lot of misperceptions out there about the Mormon faith. Once [people] actually see the candidate and what he stands for, and the values that he has, they quickly get over that.

Hopefully that proves to be true.  As Harry Reid, also a Mormon, recently said at an address given at Brigham Young University:

 I hope that Mitt Romney’s presidential bid is determined by his political stands, and not his religion.

Illegal Immigrants

Posted in Immigration,U.S. by Ryan on the October 18th, 2007

So I’ve had this idea that is no doubt not new, but I have started of thinking of settling into.  (I sound sure don’t I?)

There is all this talk about how we can’t possibly ever send people that are residing here illegally back to their native countries.  Giuliani says it can’t be prosecuted simply due to the large number.  While I don’t think that we should ever run around with buses and chase millions of people down, I see no reason to allow people to stay indefinitely.

I heard Newt Gingrich give a speech about immigration about a year and a half ago in which he says that we essentially had established a social contract with immigrants by not hindering their entrance and residency in our country.  We were in essence saying, “Sure, come to the U.S.  We aren’t going to try very hard to stop you at the border, nor will be punish those that hire you.”  With this in mind, I think it is fair to treat all immigrants not as criminals, but similar to those that get work visas.

This way, we don’t have try to accomplish something short of a deportation crisis, but we don’t grant amnesty.  I think that it would be a very fitting level of legality to bestow on people that have entered our nation unlawfully.  We simply need to take a step back, reasonably fix what has happened and move on.  Get people ID cards, determine how much longer they can stay and then start cracking down on employers.  Over the course of several years, millions of illegals will slowly leave the system and the incentive to stay or return is eliminated.

I’ve lived in Bulgaria for a couple of years and know that scores apply to come to the U.S. but only some actually get to.  One guy I knew in particularly was extraordinarily bright, spoke fluent English and would do nothing but contribute here.  I agree with those that say it is literally not fair to allow people to flow across our borders while denying others simply because they want to lawfully enter this country.  It is unethical.

Finally, about the border.  I don’t care if it is a giant wall, tens of thousands of extra border guards or effective technologically equipment.  We simply need to seal the hole in our sovereignty.

McCain Goes After Romney

Posted in Election 2008 by Ryan on the October 15th, 2007

So I read this article at Politico.com that details McCain’s recent swipe at Romney as a false candidate without fundamental guiding conservative principles.  He cites positions Romney had while running for office in Massachusetts.  Pretty blatant attacks topped off with:

“So you’ll understand why I’m a little perplexed when Mitt Romney now suggests that he’s a better Republican than me, or that he speaks for the Republican wing of the Republican Party.”

Romney’s campaign responded with the bland old:

“Angry attacks from flailing campaigns won’t stop Gov. Romney from moving forward with his optimistic agenda designed to bring sorely needed change to Washington”

But then, they go for the jugular, 2 times.

First:

“Sen. McCain’s signature legislative accomplishment, the McCain-Feingold campaign finance reform bill, is a legislative abomination that we, along with many other conservatives, happen to strongly disagree with. The McCain-Kennedy immigration legislation the senator championed was exactly the wrong approach and only encouraged law-breaking and borders that are less secure. Lastly, Sen. McCain’s vote against the Bush tax cuts that helped grow our national economy showed conservatives that he is not a friend of the pro-growth economic policies that put more money back into the taxpayer’s pocket.”

Boomshakalaka!

Second:

This terribly embarrassing video of McCain endorsing Romney back in 2002.

John McCain says:

“You might not always agree with me on every issue…”

Agree on every issue?  Absolutely not.  See the long quote from the Romney camp above.

“…but I hope you know I’m not going to con you”

How?  Like encourage us to vote for a “political fraud?”  Ah…politics.

An Inconvenient Price

Posted in U.S.,World by Ryan on the October 13th, 2007

If Al Gore was worthy of a Nobel Prize, he wouldn’t be selling his movie for the same over-priced nonsense as Disney Classics. $20 on Amazon.com? Get real. Al Gore is not out to save the world. “Climate warriors” are so wrapped up in their own euphoria over saving the earth they fail to recognize their own hypocrisy. Unless Gore is donating all his proceeds from this film to actual, proven environmental measures, he deserves no more lauding than your average Hollywood star.

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