Excellent article defending Romney & Mormonism: American Chronicle: A Mormon President?

American Chronicle: A Mormon President? by David M Bresnahan

Day after day some newspaper somewhere decides to run the same old tired story about unannounced Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, declaring that a Mormon could never be elected president because the evangelical Christians would never support him.

The first thing to remember is that some reporters have nothing original to report, so they regurgitate the same story many others have already written. It’s easy to pick on the Mormons, so why not jump on the band wagon?

Any reporter in any city or town can simply start making phone calls to ministers and within a very short time it will be easy to find one or more who will be happy to bash the Mormons. All that reporter has to do is jot down a few of the more critical comments and bingo, another negative story is born.

There’s just one problem. The vast majority of Americans do not believe such reports for one simple reason – they are not true and we all know it.

Mormons are everywhere, and most people have encountered them enough to know the claims that Mormons are not Christian and are actually quite evil cannot possibly be true. But it is no surprise that rival church leaders complain about a church that actively proselytes new members, which is a threat to the offering plates of the churches who lose members as a result.

I was a young reporter for a daily paper in Massachusetts, and I was also a gymnastics coach back in 1980. I was very impressed by the behavior of some teenage boys attending a summer gymnastics camp where I was a coach. They were good, clean-cut kids with good morals even when they were far from the influence of parents – unlike most of the other teens at the camp.

I liked what I saw, and although I was not yet married I wanted to know more about their Mormon beliefs. I knew one day I would have a family, and I knew I would need help if I ever expected to have kids who were better than I was as a teen. I wanted my future kids to be like these two boys who were so impressive because they had strong values.

Take a look around. There are Mormons everywhere. Actually, they are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Those who claim they are not Christians apparently missed the name of the church.


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Posted on May 5, 2006, in Mormonism/LDS Church, News and politics. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. We’re Christians? I thought we were members of The Church of JESUS CHRIST of Latter-day Saints. We certainly do not adhere to any of the Statements of Faith of other Christian Groups – so how could we call ourselves Christian, or have them accept our own Articles of Faith as an equal faith binding document? Here are some examples:

    Pat Robertson/The CBN Statement of Faith

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    We believe that the Holy Bible is the inspired, infallible, and authoritative source of Christian doctrine and precept.

    We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

    We believe that man was created in the image of God, but as a result of sin is lost and powerless to save himself.

    We believe that the only hope for man is to believe on Jesus Christ, the virgin-born Son of God, Who died to take upon Himself the punishment for the sin of mankind, and Who rose from the dead so that by receiving Him as Savior and Lord, man is redeemed by His blood.

    We believe that Jesus Christ in person will return to earth in power and glory.

    We believe that the Holy Spirit indwells those who have received Christ for the purpose of enabling them to live righteous and godly lives.

    We believe that the Church is the Body of Christ and is composed of all those who through belief in Christ have been spiritually regenerated by the indwelling Holy Spirit. The mission of the church is worldwide evangelization on the one hand and the nurture and discipling of Christians on the other.

    James Dobson/Focus on the Family Statement of Faith Template for Homeschool Groups:

    Statement Of Faith

    We believe in Jesus Christ as our Savior; that the Bible, both Old and New Testaments, is the inspired and infallible Word of God.

    We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

    We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension and His personal return in power and glory, and the presence and power of the Holy Spirit.


    You can find similar statements on the sites of: Jerry Falwell/Moral Majority; Chuck Colson/Prison Ministries; HSLDA/Michael Farris/Patrick Henry College; Bob Jones University; any church that is not-LDS will probably have a pastor that has built a statement of faith for members, and on, and on…

    We are hardly to be lumped in this group, but are to find common ground/well intentions to bring us together as we remain separate entities.

  2. Also – in addition to the above comment, we do not prescribe to the emerging Christian churches that believe in and follow the “doctrine” of the “Left Behind” series (unfortunately, this series and other Tim/Beverly Lahaye books can be found in Deseret – yikes).

  3. You’ve probably noticed that our most vitriolic critics are people who were Church members but who were excommunicated for cause. Sonia Johnson, Ed Decker, James Spencer, and Martha Beck come to mind. The Tanners and their Utah Lighthouse Ministry are also included, but they have limits to their Church-bashing.

    Ed Decker now runs a “ministry” called “Saints Alive In Jesus”. James Spencer runs a ministry called “Through The Maze”, and played a major role in turning evangelist Bob Larson against Mormonism. Of course we all know about Sonia Johnson. I read her book “From Housewife to Heretic”, and at least she was honest about her apostasy. And if you’ve read Martha Beck’s book, “Leaving The Saints”, you’ll find she’s a world-class head case. I had to quit reading her book halfway through simply because she kept jumping back and forth to different parts of her life in unpredictable and discontinuous fashion. Martha Beck accuses her father, the late Hugh Nibley, of “molesting” her when she was a child, even though the rest of her family denies it.

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