Romney’s Gods Problem

romney mormonismWillard M. Romney has a gods problem.  He wants to get elected President, so that he can do to the United States what he did to so many companies while he headed Bain Capital.  But to get that massive exercise in personal wealth building, he needs the votes of people who disagree with him on fundamental religious points.

Joseph Smith invented Mormonism, and dictated what he said were revelations from god.  Smith’s revelations are still published by the church as holy writ, under various names.  One group of Mormon scripture is called the Doctrine & Covenants (D&C).  D&C #132 was written by Smith in 1843, and deals with the subject of marriage and sex.  It is divided into 66 numbered sections.

D&C 132:20 says about men who gather enough wives:  “Then shall they be gods, because they have no end; therefore shall they be from everlasting to everlasting…; then shall they be above all, because all things are subject to them.  Then shall they be gods, because they have all power, and the angels are subject unto them.”

“Because all things are subject to them”?  Is that any different that the way Romney treats his staff and the voters now?

D&C  132:37 makes clear that a man can become a god by having unmarried sex partners as well:  “Abraham received concubines, and they bore him children; and it was accounted unto him for righteousness…as Isaac also and Jacob;…and because they did none other things than that what they were commanded, they are entered into their exaltation, according to the promises, and sit upon thrones, and they are not angels but are gods.”

romney mormonismThe Mormon scriptures are clear: a man can become a god by gathering enough wives or by fathering enough children, even with women who are not his wife.

Joseph Smith had around 30 wives, although scholars disagree about the number.  Smith preached that it was necessary for him to deny his polygamy – to lie about it – during his lifetime.  But after he was murdered, his various wives came forward, and in 1858, the church formally proclaimed that polygamy was holy and an opportunity for all Mormon men.  So, Joseph Smith established both the doctrine of polygamy and the doctrine of Mormon men lying in order to achieve their goals.

Clearly, Romney has no issue with the doctrine of lying to achieve any goal he wants.  But his lying about his religious beliefs doesn’t mean that other people can’t tell the truth about those religious beliefs.  Romney does not believe that there is one true God, as proclaimed in Exodus 20:3 “You shall have no other gods besides me.”  This can’t be too surprising, since Romney is also quite open about rejecting most of the rest of the Ten Commandments:

“Remember the Sabbath day and keep it holy…. On the Sabbath day you shall not do any work.” Unless the work happens to be very profitable football games, or waiting tables at a nice restaurant chain, or earning minimum wage at Staples selling supplies to businessmen.

“Thou shalt not kill” unless killing is just a byproduct of environmental pollution, or happens to civilians in a war to control foreign governments and resources.  On his recent foreign phallacy tour, Romney endorsed Netanyahu’s plan for a war with Iran.  Killing is also OK to Romney if it happens as a result of denying healthcare to infants, or is done, as Antonin Scalia approves, to factually innocent defendants who received the benefit of “procedural due process.”

 “Thou shalt not steal.”  This is a favorite Commandment for libertarians and Ayn Rand worshippers to mock.  As with Romney, they believe that cheating the government on taxes is not stealing, since the government has no right to collect taxes.  Romney’s refusal to release his tax returns is probably related directly to this Commandment.

During the years for which Romney refuses to release returns, the IRS created an amnesty program for people who had used Swiss accounts to break U.S. tax law and evade tax obligations.  People who participated in the amnesty program didn’t get prosecuted, as long as they paid the taxes that they had evaded.  They didn’t even have to turn over all the millions in interest the money had earned while being hidden in Swiss accounts.  And they could stay anonymous.

Romney doesn’t favor amnesty for hard-working immigrants who want to participate in our system.  But he does favor, and probably benefited from, amnesty for tax cheats who don’t work but live off the sweat of others.

“Thou shalt not bear false witness.”  Romney has lied about his own record and about President Obama’s record.  He has lied about what President Obama has said in speeches and even about what he himself has said.  He lied under oath about his role at Bain Capital, although we don’t know whether he was lying when he testified in Massachusetts about continuing to work at Bain while ‘rescuing’ the Olympics or when he signed S.E.C. documents that contained false information (or whether he was telling the truth then and just lying now.)

romney mormism “Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s house,…wife,…nor anything that is thy neighbor’s.”  But as the history of Bain Capital proves, Romney’s entire business career has been built on coveting everything his neighbors built and own.

Romney is a devout Mormon.  Part of his religious belief is that there are many gods, each of whom got there by collecting wives.  Romney certainly is working to amass the wealth of a god.  He treats others as inferiors.  Can we seriously believe that he would abandon the chance for the good life in eternity for the possibility of a four-year stint as president of a single country on this planet?

According to the Doctrines and Covenants, the way to become a god is to have enough sex.  Simply grabbing tons of wealth won’t do it.  A man has to amass enough wives or concubines.  It’s true that when Utah wanted to become a state, the Mormon Church gave up Polygamy as a condition for the state being admitted to the union.  But that wasn’t religion – it was politics.  And it was completely in step with Joseph Smith’s position that lying was acceptable to gain what was wanted.  After officially giving up polygamy, the State of Utah made no effort to prevent polygamy or prosecute polygamists.  And in every reported case, polygamist men actually collect tons of welfare to pay for all the children they had.

We can’t know what wives Romney may have, tucked away in his various, guarded mansions.  But we do know that he rejects the fundamental concept that there is one true God ruling the universe.  In that, he joins a lot of scientists, animists, skeptics, atheists, and others who don’t believe in the Abrahamic vision.

But throughout the primary season, Tea Party Republicans proclaimed that any candidate seeking their support must share their belief in Christian ‘fundamentals’.  It is important that those ‘faithful’ followers now learn that Romney’s religious beliefs reject every single one of the Christian fundamentals.

Joseph Smith, Brigham Young, and other ‘great men’ in Mormon history are not merely prophets or saints.  According to the Doctrines and Covenants, they are gods.  They are what Romney sees himself becoming.  Romney wants to add the title “President” to his resume before becoming a god in the faith of his Mormon church.  And under the 1st Amendment, he should be allowed to believe that if he wins enough women, he will become a god.

Tom Hall

But for the Fundagelicals, torn between their racial hatred of President Obama and their belief in their Bibles, the time has come to choose.  Is their drive to tear down a black President so strong that it will lead them to tear down the whole nation with a return to the policies of George W. Bush?

Tom Hall

Posted: Friday, 3 August 2012

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Published by the LA Progressive on August 3, 2012
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Tom Hall is a family lawyer in West Los Angeles. He is from Boston, and was raised in Friends Meeting at Cambridge (Quakers) to think that religion was a progressive force. During the Vietnam War, he organized draft counseling centers and worked with groups training people in techniques for disciplined nonviolent demonstrating. After the war, he became just another yuppie working to make a comfortable life. The Bush administration shocked him back into social concerns. Now he’s working to see that the Obama administration lives up to its progressive promises. Tom can be reached at ProgBlog@aol.com