Thursday, December 20, 2007



The first Mormon I ever heard of when I was a kid was Ezra Taft Benson (1899-1994), a far right lunatic who was Eisenhower's Secretary of Agriculture and later head of the "strange" Utah-based Mormon cult. Like most Americans, I didn't think too much about Benson or Mormons at the time. Yesterday, Benson's grandson, cartoonist Steve Benson, an ex-Mormon, warned America about a real Mormon threat to America-- that's right, Willard.

Benson claims Willard is, as everyone who has been paying attention already knows, a liar and specifically a liar when it comes to Mormonism. Willard Romney has learned how to suavely never tell the truth about anything. (He's as big a liar as the notorious and shameless hypocrite John McCain.)

Benson explained to Editor and Publisher why Romney's recent speech on his faith (his pale imitation of the "Kennedy speech") "should not be trusted by media people and other Americans."

In his talk, Romney said "I believe in my Mormon faith" while also noting that the church's "teachings" would not influence his decisions if elected president.
"Yeah, right," responded Benson, adding that "Romney also believes in misrepresenting what his Mormon Church actually espouses."

He told E&P that, in his view, a Mormon believer is required by church doctrine (as dictated by the church's "living prophet") to "obey God's commands" over anything else. He said "Romney, like all 'temple Mormons,' made his secret vows using Masonic-derived handshakes, passwords, and symbolic death oaths that he promised in the temple never to reveal to the outside world"-- and that Romney also secretly vowed to devote his "time, talents" and more "to the building of the Mormon religion on earth."

So, said Benson, the only way Romney could be truly independent of the church as U.S. president would be to disavow Mormon doctrine. "He hasn't done that," said the Creators Syndicate-distributed cartoonist.

"When Mitt says he belongs to a church that doesn't tell him what to do, that's false; it's a 24/7, do-what-you're-told-to-do church," asserted Benson, who won the Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning in 1993.

That was the year Benson left what he calls the "Mormon cult." One reason for his decision was disgust with the way Mormon officials tried to fool church members and the general public into believing that Ezra Taft Benson-- Steve's then-94-year-old grandfather and church president-- was still capable of leading the church. "He was not mentally or physically in a place where he could make any meaningful decisions," recalled Benson. "I know it because I saw his condition with my own eyes."

Benson-- who was contacted by E&P for this story-- said journalists have basically given Romney a free pass on the "fundamental contradiction" between being an observant Mormon and a U.S. president. "Most journalists don't know about actual Mormon teachings and practices," noted the cartoonist, adding that they instead see the religion as perhaps "strange" but "rather benign."

Romney "needs to face an informed member of the media with 'cojones' who has a working and perhaps personal experience with Mormonism," said Benson. "It would be harder for Romney to do his well-practiced duck and dodge."...

Another reason Benson distrusts the words in Romney's speech is because the candidate has changed his public positions on issues such as abortion and gay rights to woo conservative GOP voters in states like Iowa rather than the more liberal voters he once courted to become governor of Massachusetts. "He flips and flops like Jesus is coming tomorrow," said the cartoonist. "It's like Romney is reading from the Mormon Church playbook."

Benson explained his last comment by noting that the Mormon Church has also "publicly flipped 180 degrees when it feels it's necessary for its image, for its financial solvency, and for political expediency."

He mentioned, by way of example, that black Mormons weren't allowed into the priesthood until 1978. And while polygamy has been publicly disavowed by the Mormon Church, Benson said "the church still holds that it will be practiced as a matter of eternal doctrine in heaven. The church also currently performs polygamist marriage 'sealings' in its temples around the world."

Benson predicted that Romney will not win the Republican presidential nomination. If Romney is nominated, added the cartoonist, he will not defeat his Democratic opponent.

Voters, said Benson, "are not ready for someone in the Oval Office who has committed to absolute obedience to a religion they feel is extremely odd and not in the American mainstream. I trust the rational U.S. electorate, not the weird Mormon God."
As ugly as it is, maybe Huckabee's anti-Mormon rhetoric is based on something besides pure bigotry after all. Although to me all these religionist fanatics, whether a crazy greed-and-power-obsessed Mormon cultist like Willard or fundamentalist nutcases like Huckabee or Lieberman, who justify their politics with the "God is on my side" bullshit, and all religionist fanaticism, should be kept out of politics-- way out.

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At 12:18 AM, Blogger sneakyfree said...

Wow...does anyone else detect a whiff of untempered spite here? Sounds a bit like the regular, run of the mill highschool riffraff scum who lays thick on the principle after being expelled from school. Although nothing like a good rant can remedy creeping feelings of personal shortcoming, the tone betrays that there may be something more to the story here with the cartoonist.
lets assume those funny Mormons are at least as bold facedly corrupt, evil, secretive and deceiptful as the Catholic Inquisition, or the Portsmouth witch hunters of protestantism...did association of faith stop JFK or the founding fathers from winning and effecting change?

At 7:26 AM, Anonymous Ferrell Gummitt said...

Okay guys, I give up. You are so out there that there is no way you can will ever be in the Real World. There is no arguring with pure idiocy. My guess is that you believe that the Hezbullah, Hamas and Al-Qaeda are "Freedom Fighters". That NAMBLA should be able to exist and carry their vile, warped view of the world. There is a bus waiting outside for you it has a big red star on the side. Please board it. It has a one way ticket to China.

At 7:45 AM, Anonymous Bil said...

Rants lower BP too...

Some of us just aren't as succinct as the Cheney "go Fuck yourself", but then we don't get on the Senate floor as much as we should.

Feral, take me to Cuba please, much better health care than here,
(and bring up the music), Pretty Women...
Thank you Roy, and dedicated to Frank Zappa on this final day of Zappadan. Party on...

At 8:01 AM, Anonymous William Rennick said...

I guess the best way to prove this whole post is a huge joke is to point out that Harry Reid exists. So the elders in Salt Lake City are telling Harry to run to the left and telling Willard to run to the right. Whatever you're smoking, pass it over.

At 10:17 PM, Blogger Bruce said...

But ferrell, thanks to Bush's irresponsible borrowing of so much money from China, they now own our country. Why go to China? They are coming here. We've been sold and sold out.
Of course if Bush had a sane tax policy, we wouldn't be in this position.

At 11:57 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So people who believe in the bible should not be allowed to be President. People should be asked point blank if they will follow the bible or the constitution. Every Christian does agree to believe in the Bible don't they? So when a Protestant takes an oath to be President he is going to do as the bible says and burn witches. Come on people it is a little more complicated than that. Yes Romney has pledged loyalty to his church in the temple. He did not swear in the temple that he would follow the church over the laws in of the land as a public servant. Look at all the Mormons in public office. Do they always do what the Mormon church wants. No. Get real Benson.

At 3:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

All the stupid and ignorant people in this country need to wake-up, get real, smell the coffee and get educated. These radical WRONG-wing conservative nutcases are a major threat to this country.

There's a lot of radical WRONG-wing lies and spin out there about how anybody who speaks the truth about the Mormons is the one who is a bigot. Truth is, they themselves are the biggest extremist bigots and hatemongers ever to be involved in sordid crimes and racketeering. Their primary goal is to destroy the constitution and takeover the entire country, making it a theological fascist state of the worst kind. Their tactics are very similar to those of Adolf Hitler and the Nazis before coming to power.... trying to make it look as if they are the ones downtrodden and persecuted.... to get everybody to cry radical WRONG-wing extremist crocodile tears of sympathy for the devil.

In addition to all the rest of their organized criminal racketering, their endless machinations and devious plotting include masterminding the Clinton Sex Scandal and lethal anthrax spores delivered through the U.S.Postal Service. In addition to domestic terrorism,the Mormons are involved with the Mafia and destroy entire lives with discrimination, harassment, stalking, blackballing from gainful employment, and psychiatric defamation to discredit the victim as just being nuts for knowing too much.

All the ignorant and closed-minded, disbelieving people in this country need to wake-up before it's too late. These people are dangerous ! ! !

At 6:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you have never experienced what the Mormon General Authorities
are capable of in the way of deceit then I think you need to
reconsider your reply about Steve Benson. Truth hurts sometimes
when you have to tell it like it is. Temple ceremonies that use to
Include all that Steve Benson said. Mitt did in fact make those exact
covenants. I've been there and done that. Riff raff scum? Takes one
to know one, pal! You're there!


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