The General on Mitt and the Mormons
The good General dives in headfirst, citing he’s the “great great grandson of a Mormon prophet, Willford Woodruff, a holder of the Aaronic Priesthood, and an LDS Seminary Bowl champion, I think I’m more than qualified to do so.”
Oy, the fundies are going to be all over this. Take a look after the jump.
We’ll start out with Kolob. It’s the star nearest to the planet where God lives. It’s important to remember that. We Mormons get very angry when gentiles say we believe God lives on Kolob. It makes us sound crazy. God couldn’t live on Kolob. He isn’t a sun person; he’d burn his feet.
While Mitt is courting the fundie vote, let’s take a stroll down memory lane. Do you remember back in the day when he actually courted the homo vote?
In an opinion piece for Bay Windows, Susan Ryan-Vollmar reminds us that Mitt Romney was for us before he was against us.
In the last two years, Romney has spouted some over-the-top rhetoric about civil marriage rights for same-sex couples. He has claimed that such marriages harm children, that they diminish the marriages of heterosexual couples, that they mark the decline of tradition and order in society. You would think a man genuinely fearful for the health of marriage, a man who was actually in a position to do something about it, would do everything in his power to defend marriage. Think again. The only thing motivating this governor is personal ambition.
…It’s one thing to be a homophobe out of ignorance. It’s another to be a homophobe for political gain. In 2006, the former is inexcusable while the latter is despicable.
Anyone thinking of supporting Romney’s bid for president because of his socially conservative views on gay people should know a few things about the governor.
When he ran against Ted Kennedy for the Senate in 1994, Romney wrote a letter to the Massachusetts Log Cabin Club, pledging that as “we seek to establish full equality for American gay and lesbian citizens, I will provide more effective leadership than my opponent.” During that same campaign, Romney was accused of once describing gay people as “perverse.” In response, Romney’s campaign vehemently denied that he used the word “perverse” and said that he respected “all people regardless of their race, creed, or sexual orientation.”
While running for governor in 2002, Romney and his running mate, Kerry Healey, distributed pink fliers at a Gay Pride parade, declaring “Mitt and Kerry wish you a great Pride weekend.” He backed domestic partner benefits for public employees, winning the endorsement of the national Log Cabin Republicans. In his inaugural speech, he promised to defend civil rights “regardless of gender, sexual orientation, or race.”
Gee, where did that Mitt Romney go — did he have a religious conversion?
Hat tip, Gary.