Thursday, September 20, 2012

Religion, Romney and The Poor

I don't care how much he tries to dig himself out of the hole he's in, nothing that Romney can say or do at this point will cover up for the utter disdain that he feels for "those people" -- the poor. In the words of the satirical site, The Onion, he can even apologize to 150 million starving filthy beggars and it won't cover up his true feelings.

So it got me to thinking. Mormons consider themselves to be Christians (in fact, they tend to keep quiet about it these days, but they still consider themselves the only True Christians -- you could look it up).

But we already know that the Jesus of the Bible is as foreign to them as the dwellers on the sun and the moon (Brigham Young said that people lived on both of those heavenly orbs), what with all that peace and love and stuff. For example, see John 3:17: " But whoso hath this world's good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?" Recognize Romney in that? Me neither.

But that's okay, I guess, as long as he still hews to the "Holy Scripture" that is the Book of Mormon. Which is replete with such things as:

Ye will administer of your substance unto him that standeth in need; and ye will not suffer that the beggar putteth up his petition to you in vain, and turn him out to perish. (Mosiah 4:16)
Ye ought to impart of the substance that ye have one to another. (Mosiah 4:21)
Impart of your substance to the poor, every man according to that which he hath. (Mosiah 4:26)
They did impart of their substance, every man according to that which he had, to the poor, and the needy, and the sick, and the afflicted; and ... they were liberal to all. (Alma 1:27-30)
Yea, he saw great inequality among the people ... turning their backs upon the needy and the naked and those who were hungry, and those who were athirst, and those who were sick and afflicted. (Alma 4:12)
Will you persist in turning your backs upon the poor, and the needy, and in withholding your substance from them? (Alma 5:55)
For those not "in the know", the Book of Mormon reputes itself to be an addition to and a parallel with the Bible. It even goes so far as to plagiarize reflect whole passages directly out of the King James Bible. The Mormons apparently think this makes sense because God wrote both of the holy books and the KJV is written in the English that Jesus spoke...

But I digress. It would appear that when it comes to the teachings of the Holy Writ, Mitt Romney is not only not a very good Christian, he's also not a very good Mormon.

[Many thanks to Dwindling in Unbelief for the BOM quotes]


Sarge said...

You write well and I enjoy your blog -


Farnsworth68 said...

Thank you.

LanceThruster said...

You are one hoopy frood, Farnsworth (Dennis). I'm gonna buy your book and arranged to get it autographed. I enjoy your take on things and your liberal sensibilities.

Looking forward to learning more about your story.

Carry on!

Farnsworth68 said...

Hmmm, "hoopy frood", huh? I was all ready to drawl out a "y'all better smile when you say that podnuh" until I looked it up and discovered it was from Douglas Adams. Thank you Lance, that is high praise indeed, and thanks for buying the book.
--The F Man