Remember the 2008 campaign? We were bombarded with Jeremiah Wright quotes that allegedly shaped Barack Obama’s faith. How come Willard Mitt Romney is not subjected to the same religious scrutiny? I believe it is a double standard that must be addressed, and before the first Presidential debate tomorrow night, I feel it is my duty as an informed voter to elucidate the issue of Romney’s very relevant religion, the Mormon faith. Most Americans know little about this religion that boasts a worldwide membership of 14 million and growing quickly, largely due to an aggressive recruitment strategy. Actually, shockingly enough, the Rove folks have resurrected this long resolved Jeremiah Wright issue just one day before the debate! How very desperate the GOP has become.
Aren’t you just a tad bit suspicious of a “church” whose headquarters rival that of any profit-driven multinational corporation? There’s pretty damned good reason for this: If the LDS Church were a U.S. corporation, by revenues it would rank number 243 on the Fortune 500 list. Mormons, Inc., lands somewhere between Paine Webber ($5.7 billion) and Union Carbide ($6.1 billion), a tad smaller than Continental Airlines ($6.4 billion), and about twice the size of Reader’s Digest ($3.1 billion).” This is a religion based on pure fiction (as most likely are), and has been historically disproven by archaeologists and other historians, most notably Park Romney and Kay Burningham. Yet mythology continues to shape this city and many other towns dominated by the Mormons.
Professor of mythology, Joseph Campbell explains the phenomena of this building in Salt Lake City. “You can tell what’s informing society by the size of the [building], what the building is, the tallest building in the place. When you approach a medieval town the cathedral’s the tallest thing in the place. When you approach a 17th century city, it’s the political power that’s the tallest in the place. When you approach a modern city it’s the office buildings and dwellings that are the tallest things in the place.”-Joseph Campbell & the Power of Myth
Simply look at the tallest buildings in Salt Lake City, where finance is apparently paramount. Number one is the Wells Fargo Building. Second, only by a difference of two feet, is the Latter Day Saints Office Building. I suppose they need a tremendous amount of office space to control the holdings of Mormon, Inc.
Greed and wealth management are also apparent by the coveted tax exempt status of the Mormon Church, a status which is also, unfortunately, bestowed upon any religious organization in the United States. Naturally, like their proclaimed leader, Mitt Romney, they are surely not going to pay any unnecessary taxes. However, this tax free status was once threatened. The date is extremely curious as it coincided with their “revelation” that god should allow blacks to hold the priesthood. The date they changed their policy was 1978.
Prior to this date, the viewpoint of the Mormons on people of color was known as the Curse of Cain Doctrine. It essentially meant this: All black Mormons, and anyone with “one drop of Negro blood” was banned from the Mormon Temple and the Mormon priesthood. President Carter caused a ripple throughout the religious community in America when he threatened their tax exempt statuses if they engaged in discrimination against blacks and other minorities. Isn’t it ironic this threat to their real estate and other business holdings coincided with a revelation from the prophet du jour? Spencer W. Kimball knew this was a threat to what the church values most, not the prophet, but the PROFIT.
Granted, many religions have been proven to be driven by money and greed. There are many religions that do a great deal of good for society, at times. Mormons do tend to take care of their own, but how about the rest of us? Given the faith’s lying for the lord doctrine and the high value the LDS religion seems to place on financial success, what kind of consideration will those who are the neediest among us receive from a LDS President? It is a relevant issue and the vast wealth and “etch-a-sketch” nature of the faith should be a key issue in this year’s Presidential race. However, sadly, it most likely will not be brought up, out of respect to Romney’s faith. I suppose questioning President Obama’s faith is also considered disrespectful? That remains to be seen.