Saturday, September 28, 2013

Is Mitt Romney 'the face of Mormonism?' Sen. Harry Reid says no

From The Deseret News:
U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, the highest ranking member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the United States government, wants everyone to know that his fellow Mormon, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, “is not the face of Mormonism.”
According to reporter Nick Wing of the Huffington Post, Reid “told reporters this week that he agreed with a blogger who accused Mitt Romney of having ‘sullied’ Mormonism and misrepresenting the faith with comments made in a recently released hidden camera video," in which he suggested at a fundraiser that 47 percent of the voters pay no income tax and thus, with no skin in the game, are not open to persuasion on government spending or lower taxes.
Mormon scholar Gregory A. Prince, wrote that Romney’s “arrogant and out-of-hand dismissal of half the population of this country struck me at a visceral level, for it sullied the religion that he and I share — the religion for which five generations of my ancestry have lived and sacrificed, the religion whose official mantra is ‘to take care of the poor and needy throughout the world.’"
The LDS Church is certainly not a beacon of hope to the poor and needy through out the world.  As I discussed in my post titled Romney's Religion: The Mormon Corporate Empire, the LDS Church donated a relatively insignificant $1 billion to charitable causes in the 23 year time span between 1985 and 2008, which accounts for 0.7% of the church's income.  In addition, the Mormons recently built a $5 billion mall and residential complex in downtown Salt Lake City, as I detailed in What Would Jesus Do With $5 Billion.  The Mormon Church's official mantra might be "to take care of the poor and needy through out world," but their real priorities are clear.

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