Democrats and Media Use Pretzel Logic To Hang Romney with Mormonism

April 20, 2012

Despite pious affirmations that they would never – never – use Mitt Romney’s faith against him – Romney is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints (LDS), better known as “Mormons” – ultra cynical Democrats and their left-wing media lapdogs (careful, you lapdogs – the President’s bite may be worse than your bark) are using the most tawdry debating tricks imaginable in order to keep bringing his off-the-mainstream faith up to a population which is unsure about what a Mormon is, what he Believes, and if they really want a Mormon in the White House.

The question may be legitimate, but it is also supercharged with emotional baggage – and the way they’re using it displays a cynical disregard for truth, relevance or their own given word.

Florida Congresswoman and Democratic Party leader Debbie Wasserman Schultz  has pledged publicly that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints won’t be exploited as a Democratic target during the 2012 electoral season.  But apparently, many prominent Democratic officeholders, party spokespersons and their fawning media supporters “didn’t get the memo.”

A good example is the subtly sleazy Democratic Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer, who just came up with the interesting perspective that Romney may have some problems because his father was born in a poloygamous break-away Mormon sect’s commune in Mexico – as if that has anything to do with Romney, his beliefs or life-choices.  It also ignores the fact that President Obama’s own father was not only born to the fourth wife of his grandfather (his great-grandfather had five wives), but the fact that Obama’s father was married in Kenya when he impregnated – then married – Obama’s mother (without first divorcing his Kenyan wife).  So while Romney’s grandfather might have been a polygamist (he lived in a polygamous commune, but his own status is unclear), Obama’s father was an active bigamist when he fathered Obama, then married his mother. But no one is alleging that Obama shared his tribal father’s/grandfather’s/great-grandfather’s religious belief in polygamous marriages – yet by hinting that there were polygamists in Romney’s family several generations ago, the governor reminds people that Romney is a Mormon, and that Mormons once believed in polygamy – though they renounced that belief nearly 150 years ago.  (

However, Governor Schweitzer’s sleaze pales in comparison to the hubris and pretzel logic of MSNBC on-air embarrassment Martin Bashir, who – though clearly not a believer – actually thought to quote from sacred Mormon texts to charge that Romney violates his own beliefs.  He further contends that Romney can be President – or he can go to Hell – but he can’t be President while avoiding eternal Mormon damnation.  (  According to Bashir, as quoted in The Blaze, Romney has told  lies — an offense punishable by “eternal damnation.”

Bashir said on-air, “It doesn’t matter how many times he hears the truth, Mitt Romney prefers to tell lies.”

But his excoriating rant wasn’t done there, as he turned to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints to more fully reprimand Romney for his alleged offenses.  “In Section 63, in verse 17 of the Doctrine and Covenants of the Mormon Church,” Bashir said, “we find this: ‘All liars, and whosoever loveth and and maketh a lie, and the whoremonger, and the sorcerer, shall have their part in that lake which burneth with fire and brimstone which is the second death.  And from the Book of Mormon to Nephi, Chapter 2, Verse 34 we find this: ‘Woe unto the liar, for he shall be thrust down to hell.’”

Bashir concluded that Romney has but two choices: “He can either keep lying and potentially win the White House, but bring eternal damnation upon himself or he can start telling the truth. The question for him, I guess, is which is more important.”

Does anyone believe:

a.  That Martin Bashir gives a tinker’s dam about what Romney believes, or the implications (to Romney’s eternal soul) of those beliefs?  Or …

b.  That confessing Christian Barack Obama has never violated any of the Ten Commandments or other rules of behavior laid down in the Old or New Testaments, or that he has given even a moment worrying about how Obama’s transgressions in becoming or serving as President might impact the President’s immortal soul?

Of course not.  Bashir is not a religious man, and hasn’t spent a moment worrying about any President’s or candidate’s immortal soul … but grasping a chance to remind Americans that Romney is a member of a little-understood religious sect is something he just couldn’t pass up. After all, there are certainly some Americans somewhere who will vote based on the candidate’s respective faiths – maybe – and if they do, they’re more likely (he thinks) to overlook 20 years of Reverend Wright’s America-hating, White-hating ranting while looking askance at Romney’s off-the-main-track but America-loving faith.

However, the most rancid of the Democrat apologists to take on Romney’s faith is MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell, who launched a hate-filled screed about the founder of the Latter Day Saints, Joseph Smith, and his “excuse” for creating the Mormon faith that Romney believes.

In one of the most vicious and vile eructations of hate ever to appear on mainstream TV news (, O’Donnell alledged that Joseph Smith began the faith as an excuse he came up with after being caught by his wife having sex with the family maid, claiming that God told him to have this affair.

“Mormonism was created by a guy in upstate New York in 1830 when he got caught having sex with the maid and explained to his wife that God told him to do it,” O’Donnell said on his show.  “Forty-eight wives later, Joseph Smith’s lifestyle was completely sanctified in the religion he invented to go with it. Which Mitt Romney says he believes.”

That’s pretty harsh in anybody’s book, and clearly he’s trying to in some way tie the clearly faithful-to-his-wife Romney to allegations of cynical immorality-on-steroids.  But it’s just the latest in a long line of attacks – dating back to 2007 and Romney’s first bid for the Presidency – focusing on what O’Donnell has characterized as “Romney’s racist faith.”

When O’Donnell was called to account over this really over-the-top rant, he delivered a typically Liberal non-apology apology, one that once again raises issues about the Mormon faith’s beliefs, once again rubbing this in the collective noses of America’s electorate.

O’Donnell seemed to apologize for his “word choice” and “insensitive phrasing,” but  he was careful in not apologizing for the substance of his vicious, vile remarks. “I am truly sorry if I said something inaccurate about Joseph Smith,” O’Donnell said, “and I am happy to provide time on this show to a Church of Latter Day Saints spokesman to correct any inaccuracy.”  You can see his full “apology” here:

These are just a few examples of the underhanded pretzel-logic that Democrats and Liberals in politics and in the media.  There are many more, and this is just the start of an unprincipled (but probably effective) effort to link Romney to both the worst aspects of LDS’s history, and Americans’ worst fears about someone who has out-of-the-mainstream religious beliefs.  And, as O’Donnell demonstrated, their “apologies” just give them one more opportunity to hammer home their hate-filled screeds, just in case anybody missed them the first time.

Let me make this clear – not only am I not a Mormon, but I have real, personal disagreements with some of their faith’s core tenets and it’s very origin.  Yet I know too many Mormons to doubt their sincerity, their faith, and their essential goodness.  And despite my best efforts in this blog, I can’t even begin to say how disgusted I am at these underhanded, hate-filled people who strive to use a man’s faith against him in his effort to win a purely secular job – he’s running for President, not Pastor-in-Chief.

Ned Barnett – Nevada Conservative



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