Unbelievable Wealth and Misogyny: The Mormons

27 May

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It’s a religion with over 14 million members, worldwide. Six million Mormons and counting live in the United States. A religion whose members are a close knit community. A very secretive religion, their rituals are unknown to outsiders. A few years ago, a friend of mine was a bridesmaid in a Mormon wedding, but being a non-Mormon, she was unable to attend the wedding ceremony. Very furtive indeed.

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1913 stained glass image of founder Joseph Smith

If you’re wondering how wealthy and powerful Mitt Romney and his Mormon followers are, simply look at what they are in charge of: Clear Channel Communications, (Rush Limbaugh’s boss!) The Boston Celtics, AMC, Burger King, Jet Blue Airlines, Marriott Hotels, Dunkin Donuts, Black & Decker, Toys R Us and Dominos Pizza to name a few. Bain Capital even owns the Weather Channel, so you can bet they’ll be minimizing any commentary on global climate change. They are growing in numbers and are not concentrated exclusively in mountain states anymore.

But why are they so powerful? Here’s my take. The religion was started by Joseph Smith, who promised gold to farmers if they followed him. He conned 33 (or more) women into marrying a “prophet” such as himself. The religion, and its followers grew immensely due to plural marriage and high birth rates, obviously. The customary 10% tithing of all its members, a great deal of loyalty to its followers, vis a vis employing fellow Mormons, has helped increase its wealth. Mormonism is a uniquely American religion, embodying as it does many of the virtues of the frontier United States: self-reliance, individuality, and high expectations of morality. However, their morality often comes into question. Many folks have learned by their experience of working at LDS-owned companies, there’s often a mistreatment of non-Mormons. (Bain Capital has pending lawsuits where plaintiffs were essentially fired for not being Mormon).

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Plain and simply put, they take care of their own. I don’t understand how women buy into this religion, their status being incredibly subservient to men. Women are viewed as inferiors of their husbands. (God forbid a woman doesn’t get married or is gay) The faith is a constant paradox: A woman is also instrumental in enabling her husband to achieve celestial glory and eventually godhood, where she is eternally and forever subordinate to him. The end result of this being the eternal promotion of male authority. Often this logic is turned circular upon itself. Where, a woman’s place as subordinate to a man is described as an eternal principal, divinely created, with associate promised blessings to come. Without her servitude to husband (via his powerful priesthood), HER eternal promise is not fulfilled! A woman cannot hold the priesthood and should ALWAYS defer to her husband on all family matters. The only thing a woman should be doing is having more children. It seems rather contrary to the ERA of the 1960’s, doesn’t it?

Mormonism, I believe, is more of a tradition and socioeconomic support system, not a moral code. Followers continue on with traditions because their parents (like George Romney) were church members. They will figuratively cut the throats of those who don’t believe as they do. It’s part of their endowment ceremony after all. It is DEFINITELY an issue we must bring to the forefront of this campaign. It is the primary loyalty of any self-professed Mormon, especially a bishop like Mitt Romney. If elected president, his first loyalty, you can bet, will not be to the people of the United States. It’ll be to the members of the Mormon faith. Taken from those in the know, they play dirty and are far from fair. But that’s a story for another day…..

8 Responses to “Unbelievable Wealth and Misogyny: The Mormons”

  1. cadesertvoice May 27, 2012 at 11:42 am #

    Reblogged this on cadesertvoice and commented:
    I believe the Mormon religion is a cult, more so than other religions. Like the Catholic Church, they use they nonprofit status to amass wealth and control the masses. This is not what christianity should be and is downright immoral and evil.

    • Tatiana June 19, 2013 at 7:45 pm #

      Catholics are Not misogynist we worship Mary and WE ARE THE FIRST CHRSTIANS so don’t even try t call us a cult you fundamentalist moron. Cathlics follow Jesus OT THE OLD TESTAET therefore Ctholics are the true Chrstians and don’t you forget it. protestants flow Luther, Wesley ad a host of other nutcases who were misogynist so protestants and fundamentalist evangelocos are more Mormn cult-ike than true Christian Catholics. Sto being a Bigot.

      • vegasjessie June 19, 2013 at 8:03 pm #

        Why are women unable to hold clergy positions?

  2. Thomas Ohanlon May 28, 2012 at 7:57 pm #

    I wonder why this Blogger fails to mention one of the most powerful Americans in the country is MORMON? Anyone know who that man is? He’d be Harry Reid, the Democart Leader of the Senate. And most powerful Democart in the land. Now how did this blogger miss mentioning Harry in his Anit Mormon diatribe? If you are suppose to be terrified of Mitt Romney because he is Mormon, shouldn’t you be just as terrified of Harry then as well? Hipocracy thy name is Democrat!

    • vegasjessie May 28, 2012 at 8:01 pm #

      Not sure what a “democart” is, but I believe Barack Obama might rank slightly higher than Harry Reid. Reid is not quite the megalomaniac Romney seems to be. However, despite his faith, I still like Reid as he doesn’t regularly shit on the poor like Mittens and his clan.

  3. Andrea Hackett June 12, 2012 at 7:51 pm #

    Excellent article! Great blog! Love your writing and perspective ;)

    • vegasjessie June 13, 2012 at 9:08 am #

      Thanks so much. That’s very nice of you to say

  4. Maxwell Contranegra September 23, 2013 at 1:53 pm #

    Every “revealed religion” (one in which an angel or whatever comes to earth to announce there is a God and creates a belief system through a series of scriptures) is misogynist. Every one. Not just Mormons. They are all patriarchal control systems of beliefs and behaviours through a series of taboos and teachings. Unfair to zero in on LDS folks.
    “Natural religions” predate these revealed ones, where Nature was worshiped, such as ancient Celts and Druids did. They were not misogynist. Read Spinoza to sort this out.

    Marriage is a series of taboos created by a religion or “belief system” for the stabilization and betterment of Society. It creates family lineage, property transfer, stabilizing social behavior such as fidelity that reduces disease and violence. It’s a good thing but is not for individuals, it is for society. Revealed religions have the same focus as marriage, a series of instructions on how to behave. Misogyny is once such.

    Tatiana is historically correct, the only real Christian church is the Roman Catholic, the rest are spinoffs trying to get around the brutal teachings and idolatry of the religion.

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