By Don Boys, PhD:
A shot across the bow of a ship is a naval practice of firing a warning shot over another ship to inform an enemy that the shooter plans to fight so surrender might be considered. In non-naval parlance, it means, “I’m not to be messed with,” or a “desire to compete or dominate.”
Mitt Romney, just before being sworn in as U.S. Senator from Utah, fired a shot across the bow of Trump’s Ship of State. Mitt (the former liberal governor of the Peoples’ Republic of Massachusetts, failed presidential candidate, and now senator from Utah) fired his shot from an op-ed in the Washington Post in the December 24, 2018 online edition. He charged, “the president has not risen to the mantle of the office.” In a March 2016 speech, he called Trump a “phony” and a “fraud.”
Mitt exposed his internationalism when he said, “America is strongest when our arms are linked with other nations. We want a unified and strong Europe, not a disintegrating union.” No, we don’t need to be entangled with foreign powers but cooperate with them when our best interest requires it. It is treason to surrender any U.S. national sovereignty or authority or bow to any foreign power. In other words: America first!
Romney added, “Trump’s words and actions have caused dismay around the world.” No, Trump’s words and actions have caused dismay to the Globalists but delight to freedom loving and independent minded world leaders. I remind Mitt that Trump “copycats” have risen in Italy, Brazil, Hungary, Serbia, the Netherlands, Austria, and Poland, with populist stirrings in Germany, England, and France. Trump’s election and stand have caused political leaders in other nations to take a stand for their own nation, not the European Union. Such independent leaders who insist on putting their nation first keep the Globalists up all night with perpetual heartburn.
Since Romney has thrust himself into the spotlight again (and criticizing Trump guarantees him bookings on major television shows and op-ed opportunities), he has called attention to his own beliefs, actions, and character.
Romney is a Mormon which he has a right to be but we have a right and duty to question how his beliefs might affect his votes in the senate. After all, a member of Jim Jones’ cult would have to face questions about sexual abuse of women and children and the socialism (that turned out to be Communism). It would be irresponsible not to inquire into what a candidate believed if he were a member of the Jones’ cult. Of course, there was a big difference in the cult of Jim Jones and the Mormon cult. But a cult is a cult is a cult.
It would be negligent for citizens not to inquire into a candidate’s Mennonite religion since Mennonites are known for taking a stand against war. That belief could impact millions of people and the safety and future of America. So we will question how a Mennonite’s pacifism might affect America.
A Hassidic Jewish candidate for high office should be asked: “Since your religion forbids you to work or drive on the Sabbath, what would you do in event of a major domestic or foreign conflict when a quick response is essential? Will you be in the senate or the synagogue during a Sabbath attack?
It is unthinkable that a member of a Christian Identity Church, known for white supremacy views, would not be questioned about the church’s stand on Blacks and other minorities.
Normally, it is no one’s business what a candidate believes no matter how weird and bizarre the beliefs may be. It is not unconstitutional to be weird. That is obvious when one looks closely at the U.S. Congress. But it is germane if those bizarre beliefs might impact the nation. That is the issue.
The following Mormon doctrines demand some answers from Senator Romney:
Senator Romney, do you believe that one day you will be a god and if so, could that not be a dangerous concept to hold as a leader in the U.S. Senate? After all, a supreme being cannot make mistakes and is not answerable to any person or nation. When will you become a god? Is that process taking place at this time?
Do you believe that Kolob is an actual planet (star) where a day lasts 1000 years? Do you believe that God created many worlds that are inhabited? That could easily affect your attitude toward U.S. space exploration.
The First President of the Mormons is said to speak for God so would you be willing to refuse one of his commands that could impact our nation negatively?
Since Mormons believe “There is no salvation without accepting Joseph Smith,” how will that impact your votes dealing with religious freedom? If that silly teaching is true then what did mankind do before the Mormons erected their Temple in Salt Lake City?
Mormon founder, Brigham Young (who had 55 wives) believed that the sun is inhabited! That was the sun! Maybe that is the reason Young appeared to have a fried brain. He also wrote, “The only men who become Gods, even the Sons of God, are those who enter into polygamy.” (Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses, p. 269.) I assume Mr. Romney repudiates Brigham Young’s twisted theology.
They also teach that God came from Kolob (a non-existent star or planet nearest to God’s throne in Mormon mythology) to have sex with the Virgin Mary who became one of his many wives. This encounter resulted in the birth of Christ! Young wrote, ”When the Virgin Mary conceived the child Jesus, the Father had begotten him in his own likeness. He was not begotten by the Holy Ghost.” (Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses, Vol. 1:50-51.)
However, Matthew 1:20 quotes the angel as saying, “Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.”
Evidently, the Christ of the Bible is not the Christ of Mormonism. So, how can Mormons be accepted as a Christian group no matter what some loosey-goosey Evangelical leaders declare?
Glenn Beck spoke at Liberty University saying, “I am a Mormon, but I share your faith in the atonement of the Savior Jesus Christ.” But Mormons do not share the same faith in Christ. He also told the university crowd that Joseph Smith was a great man who died as a peace-loving martyr for Christ. Beck dipped his brush deep into the whitewash bucket to make that very positive but false statement about Smith.
Smith was a weirdo who believed that people living on the moon live for a thousand years! In 2008 I wrote, “Joe Smith allegedly saw visions and ‘found’ gold plates that he turned into the Book of Mormon. He defended having multiple wives and was visited by a non-existent angel. He moved west to form a communistic town to be named ‘Zion.’ He founded a bank that went belly up, was placed in jail, and killed by a mob.” Smith killed two men and wounded another before they killed him. I could have added that Smith had led a mob into town, destroyed a newspaper that had criticized him for his multiple sexual affairs, and burned the building.
No one doubts that the media would be all over a candidate who was a member of the Unification Church, Scientology, and other religious groups that have not been mainlined. Mormons have many commendable attributes including a healthy lifestyle, sincerity, family commitment, and dedication to what they believe, but they are still a cult, not as violent as some, but still a cult.
In recent years, Mormons have been accepted as “Christians” by many Evangelicals but then some Evangelicals also accept open borders, same-sex “marriage” and other ridiculous teachings. About a quarter of Americans are Evangelicals which would include a vast spectrum, although all would profess to believe and teach the Bible as the Word of God.
Romney was displeased and had a hissy when Dr. Robert Jeffress, pastor of First Baptist Church of Dallas, was asked to pray at the opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem. It seems Jeffress is an old-fashioned Christian of the Baptist persuasion and believes “You can’t be saved by being a Jew,” and “Mormonism is a heresy from the pit of hell.” Well, does that surprise any educated person that a Baptist would believe that? People have a right to disagree with him but that doesn’t make him wrong. And even if he were wrong, that doesn’t make him a bigot. A person can be right or wrong about an issue and be a bigot, or not be a bigot.
Romney said, “He’s [Jeffress] said the same about Islam. Such a religious bigot should not be giving the prayer that opens the United States Embassy in Jerusalem.” Hold it! Is it prima facie evidence that one is a bigot if he believes something contrary to popular opinion? And if that were a demonstrable fact, which it is not, why should the “bigot” not be tolerated? Is toleration a one-way street? Moreover, a vast number of Americans are Fundamentalists or Evangelicals and many nonaffiliated people agree with Jeffress.
Mr. Romney, would you censure or restrict Dr. Jeffress or people like him in any way?
But to cut to the chase, if Romney is so quick to question the beliefs of Christian conservatives, then we have a right to call Romney’s beliefs into question especially since he is serving in the U.S. Senate. Or is it bigotry to ask plain, personal, and penetrating questions of a progressive?
Mr. Romney, since your church clearly teaches that it will someday take over the U.S. and the world and set up a theocracy under Mormon control, will you today disagree, disavow, and disassociate yourself from that teaching and do everything within your power as a U.S. Senator to oppose that purpose?
My follow up question: If you disagree, disavow, and dissociate yourself from that teaching, how can you stay a Mormon? Moreover, if you refuse to disassociate yourself from these teachings of your church, how can you expect any sane person to trust you since you refuse to keep your oath to support and defend the U.S. Constitution?
Mr. Romney, how dare you call Dr. Jeffress a bigot when he is in the mainstream of orthodox Christianity while you are a member of an outrageous cult. At least wipe the purple Kool-Aid from your lips before condemning a major, respected Christian leader!
Romney’s shot across the bow indicates that President Trump has another Flake in the Senate.
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