MORMONS XIV: Video Killed the Mormon Star
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36,932. Meet Mitt Romney. He’s the front-runner for the Republican Party in the race for the White House. But for some reason the chap they call the Tin Man can’t connect with the voters. John Sweeney, This World: The Mormon Candidate, BBC 2012
36,933. Mitt Romney is a Mormon and they believe Jesus came to America. ibid.
36,934. The Mormons don’t talk about their polygamous past. (Mormon & Polygamy) ibid.
36,935. Will Mitt’s faith stop him becoming president? ibid.
36,936. The Republican Party kneels before evangelical Christians. (Mormon & Republicans) ibid.
36,937. For some he’s got the wrong kind of God. ibid.
36,938. The Church of the Latter Day Saints craves respectability. ibid.
36,939. An estimated wealth of thirty billion dollars. (Mormon & Wealth) ibid.
36,940. Warren Jeffs, the leader of a small group of breakaway Mormons, was convicted of sexually assaulting children. ibid.
36,941. Despite the Church’s efforts, polygamy keeps coming back – a boomerang from history. (Mormon & Polygamy) ibid.
36,942. The power of the Church here makes life difficult if you fall out with Mormonism. ibid.
36,943. Court documents in New York State record his [Joseph Smith’s] conviction in 1826 – the charge – he was a conman. ibid.
36,944. The Mormon Church has sent more than a million missionaries around the world. (Mormon & Missionary) ibid.
36,945. The Church vehemently denies being a cult. (Mormon & Cult) ibid.
36,946. I hear of an organisation called the Strengthening Church Members Committee, set up to investigate polygamists. (Mormon & Cult) ibid.
37,082. John Sweeney: What’s the Strengthening Church Members Committee, and does it still exist?
Michael Purdy: I don’t know and I’m not ... I guess that’s a question not for me. I couldn’t tell you that. I don’t know. (Mormon & Cult) ibid.
37,083. Michael Purdy: I’ve heard, yeah, there is a Strengthening Church Members Committee ... (Mormon & Cult) ibid.
36,947. Mormons believe that you can baptise the dead. They’ve done that to thousands of Jews who died in the Holocaust. (Mormon & Cult) ibid.
37,084. I became convinced that’s it’s a fraud. (Mormon & Cult) ibid. Park Romney interview
37,085. These are masters of mendacity. (Mormon & Cult) ibid.
37,829. I am alienated from my family. (Mormon & Cult) ibid.
104,861. The Mormon Church does not inform perspective members of the faith-challenging aspects of its history. Top Ten Mormon Problems Explained, Youtube 2012
104,862. The Book of Abraham: Smith proudly displayed the papyrii for visitors … have nothing to do with Abraham. ibid.
104,863. The First Vision: there is simply no evidence that Joseph told anyone about the vision until many years later and not till after the Book of Mormon was published. ibid.
104,864. The impression given is that the dictation process involved Joseph’s direct visual contact with the plates … However, the actual method Joseph Smith used was to put a favourite stone - a rock purported to have magical properties - in a hat and dictate the Book of Mormon to a scribe … The plates … were never used in the translation process. ibid.
104,865. The Book of Mormon civilisations were steel-smelting, chariot-driving, Christ-worshipping, temple-building people that multiplied into millions. But there is no evidence any of these people ever existed. ibid.
104,866. There are many anachronisms in the Book of Mormon. ibid.
104,867. The Book of Mormon pales in comparison with such literary masterpieces as A Tale of Two Cities … Joseph Smith was indeed capable of creating the Book of Mormon … Twain referred to it as ‘Chloroform in Print.’ ibid.
104,868. Black men were excluded from the LDS priesthood from its inception until 1978 … Blacks represent Satan on Earth. ibid.
104,869. Kinderhook Plates … they told the story about an ancient Jaredite … The Church continued to support the idea … A hoax … They were proven false. ibid.
104,870. The practice of Mormon polygamy is difficult for LDS saints to defend … Polygamy was illegal in the United States … Repeatedly lied about polygamy … ‘Lying for the Lord.’ ibid.
104,871. He [Joseph Smith] knew none of the witnesses had seen the plates with their natural eyes … Martin Harris said: ‘I never saw the gold plates.’ ibid.
104,872. Some important problems with the temple … most of the temple ceremony is identical to masonic rituals … The five points of fellowship … was removed in the 1990s … ibid.
104,873. Many other troublesome issues such as Moroni’s visitation, the lost 116 pages of the BoM, prophets after Joseph, failed prophecies, the restoration of the priesthood, Mountain Meadows Massacre, Joseph Smith’s History, Joseph’s translation of the Bible, tithing issues, testimony problems etc. ibid.
104,874. The drug wars taking place just south of the American borders … affects him [Mitt Romney] personally. (Mormons & Mexico & Cults: FDLS & Cults: Ervil LeBaron) The Mormon Mexican War, Vice TV 2012
104,875. Mitt Romney’s family-type Mormons, Mexican drug cartels, polygamy, kidnapping, cocaine, and finally murder. (Mormons & Mexico & Cults: FDLS & Cults: Ervil LeBaron) ibid.
104,876. The thing that sets the Mexican cartels apart from the other Mobs is their seemingly profound love of murder. (Mormons & Mexico & Cults: FDLS & Cults: Ervil LeBaron) ibid.
104,877. The war on drugs in so violent that its body count is almost ten times that of American soldiers killed in the real ways in Iraq and Afghanistan. (Mormons & Mexico & Cults: FDLS & Cults: Ervil LeBaron) ibid.
104,879. These Mormon colonies are still here and they’re actually fighting the Narco drug cartels. (Mormons & Mexico & Cults: FDLS & Cults: Ervil LeBaron) ibid.
104,880. Many moved down to Mexico to continue to practise polygamy. (Mormons & Mexico & Cults: FDLS & Cults: Ervil LeBaron) ibid.
104,881. The LeBarons wouldn’t quit. (Mormons & Mexico & Cults: FDLS & Cults: Ervil LeBaron) ibid.