Utah’s infatuation with Mitt Romney is political suicide. Romney seems committed to undermining the only legally elected Republican Candidate for President. His alleged influence over the Mormon Church owned newspaper, Deseret News, and KSL.com, the state’s most frequented website, is appalling.
Who is the real Mitt Romney?
- “On a questionnaire Planned Parenthood gave to the gubernatorial candidates in 2002, Romney answered ”yes” to the question, ‘Do you support the substance of the Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade?’ Romney also professed support for state funding of abortion services for low-income women, [Erin] Rowland [spokeswoman for the Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts] said.”
– Boston Globe, 3/25/2005
- “Marie Sturgis, legislative director of Massachusetts Citizens for Life, said she hasn’t detected any change in Romney’s stance. The group considers Romney to be an abortion-rights supporter, as do national antiabortion groups such as the Family Research Council.”
– Boston Globe, 3/25/2005 (Source)
Contrast this with the Mormon Church’s official stance on abortion:
“Human life is a sacred gift from God. Elective abortion for personal or social convenience is contrary to the will and the commandments of God. Church members who submit to, perform, encourage, pay for, or arrange for such abortions may lose their membership in the Church.” (Source)
It gets worse…
- In February 2005, The American Spectator observed of Romney, “He is pro-choice and, aside from the marriage debate, generally in agreement with gay-rights advocates.”
– American Spectator, 2/23/2005
- In March, 2005, Boston’s leading homosexual newspaper, Bay Windows, told its readers that Romney’s pro-gay record belies his new-found “conservatism”:
“Governor Romney has been touring the country in the past few weeks, courting anti-gay right-wingers in South Carolina, Missouri, and Utah with speeches designed to show that he is firmly in their camp. Yet a look at Romney’s record shows that his Rick Santorum drag act is a relatively new phenomenon.”
– Bay Windows, 3/3/2005
Both times Romney ran for public office – in 1994 running for US Senate against Ted Kennedy and in 2002 running for Governor of Massachusetts – he sought and received the formal endorsement of the Log Cabin Republican (LCR) Club PAC. This is the same group that in 2004 spent $1 million nationally in key swing states on TV ads that attacked President Bush for supporting a federal Marriage Protection Amendment.
The Mormon Church is one of the last doctrinal bastions for traditional marriage between a man and a woman.
“The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints affirms the centrality of doctrines relating to human sexuality and gender as well as the sanctity and significance of marriage as the union of a man and a woman.” (Source)
The Mormon Church would do well to distance itself from Mitt Romney and declare its political independence from the control he and his ilk have over the Utah media.
The LDS Church is likely worth $40 billion today and collects up to $8 billion in tithing each year.
In 2010, Romney and his wife totaled $21.6 million in income and paid slightly more than $3 million in federal income taxes. That also means they paid $2.1 million in tithing to the Mormon Church. A drop in the bucket.
If Donald Trump wins, and the Mormon Church continues its Romney alliance, they stand to lose any influence in a Trump administration. IT could also jeopardize the Church’s goodwill in Washington which it relies on for its Global Missionary Program.
Romney is a bigger threat to the Mormon Church and its objectives than anything else on the planet. He should be ignored, not encouraged. No matter how much money he brings to the table.
He just isn’t worth it Utah.