Romney, Mormonism, And The Faiths Of US Presidents
With election season fast approaching, it's time to get to know the candidates. Take a closer look at the Republican nominee, the Mormon religion, and the religion of presidents past.
- Mitt Romney. America's Mormon Contender: 1) "In Mormonism, if one is in, a lot is expected, including tithing 10% of one's income"; 2) "A person should not be elected because of his faith nor should he be rejected because of his
faith"; 3) "I am American running for president. I do not define my candidacy by my religion"; 4) Former missionary to France in the 60's; 5) Member of the church Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
- A brief look at the Mormon faith: 1) Mormons consider their religion to be one true form of Christianity; 2) Christianity was corrupted by Greek and other philosophies; 3) Joseph Smith was God's agent in re-establishing the
Christian church; 4) Angels like Peter, James, and John appeared to him, granting him priesthood authorities; 5) All people once existed as "intelligence" independent of God; 6) God offered a path for all intelligences to advance like
himself; 7) Those that accepted came to earth to live as humans, struggling to lead good lives, attained by Jesus Christ.
- Mormons in politics: 1) Mormons are largely conservative, both culturally and politically; 2) 70% want abortion to be illegal in all circumstances; 3) Only 42% of the general population hold this view; 4) Only 36% want a larger
government that provides more services; 5) 56% want to decrease government size; 6) 75% don't believe evolution to be an acceptable explanation for human life; 7) 68% believe homesexuality should be actively discouraged in
society; 8) Contradictorily, 54% want to increase government involvement when it comes to public morality.
- More than meets the eye?: The white horse prophecy and Mormonism's goal of US domination; 1) In 1844 Joseph Smith ran for president as a self-proclaimed commander-in-chief of an "army of God"; 2) Sought to topple the US
government and establish a Mormon theocracy; 3) To Smith, taking over the presidency for Mormons was a central mission of his church; 4) A leader, one "Might and Strong" will one day arise to "set in order the house of God"; 5)
Romney has dismissed this prophecy, claiming, "It's been rejected by every church leader that has talked about it".
- A look at past president's religions: 1) Episcopalian. Seeking continuity with the early Western church: Gerald Ford, Franklin Roosevelt, Chester A. Arthur, Franklin Pierce, Zachary Taylor, John Tyler, William Harrison, James
Monroe, James Madison, George Washington; "I happen to believe that it would be very difficult to be the President without believing. I believe that - I know it's been an important part of my presidency" - George W. Bush; 2)
Presbyterian. Grace through faith and the authority of the Scriptures: Dwight Eisenhower, Woodrow Wilson, Benjamin Harrison, Grover Cleveland, James Buchanan, James Polk, Andrew Jackson; "I deeply believe that the loving
God who gave us this land should never have been expelled from America's classrooms. If the Congress can begin it's day with prayer, children can, too" - Ronald Reagan; 3) No affiliation: Andrew Johnson, Abraham Lincoln, Thomas
Jefferson; 4) Congregationalist, disciples of Christ, united church of Christ. Independence and autonomous governance of individual congregations: Lyndon Johnson, James Garfield, Calvin Coolidge; "I am a Christian, and I am a
devout Christian.I believe in the redemptive death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. I believe that the faith gives me a path to be cleansed of sin and have eternal life" - Barack Obama; 5) Unitarian. Absolute monotheism - Jesus was a
prophet, not part of a triune God: John Adams, John Quincy Adams, Millard Fillmore, William Howard Taft; 6) Quakers. The priesthood of all believers and the Religious Society of Friends: Herbert Hoover, Richard Nixon; 7)
Baptis. Liberty, faith, and the autonomy of local congregations: Bill Clinton, Harry Truman, Warren Harding; "I've wondered to talk about (my faith) at all. But I feel I have a duty to the country - and maybe to God, not to say "no
comment"" - Jimmy Carter; 8) Roman Catholic. The world's largest church, over 1 billion strong: John F. Kennedy; 9) Methodist. Free will through prevenient grace: William McKinley, Rutherford Hayes, Ulysses Grant; "The other
party took words to put together their platform, but left out three simple letters: G-O-D" - George H. W. Bush; 10) Dutch reformed. Saved by predetermined grace: Theodore Roosevelt, Martin Van Buren.
Provided by: onlinechristiancolleges.com | Sources: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Public_image_of_Mitt_Romney; http://www.vanityfair.com/politics/2012/02/mitt-romney-201202; http://projects.pewforum.org/rp2012/mitt-romney;
http://www.pewforum.org/Christian/Mormon/A-Portrait-of-Mormons-in-the-US-Social0and-Political-Views.aspx; http://www.salon.com/2012/01/29/mitt_and_the_white_horse_prophecy; http://www.pewforum.org/The-Religious-