Thursday, September 07, 2006

Bob Bennett, Mormonism, and, Republicans, Part III

[U.S. Senator Bob] Bennett said he has heard from longtime Democrats who feel the party has been taken over by anti-Mormons.

Well, let's look at why the Republican party has become the anti-Mormon values party:

Proverbs 6:16

16 These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him:
17 A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,
18 An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief,
19 A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren

Those seven things again:
1. A proud look. Just about any picture of George W Bush.
2. A Lying Tongue. George W Bush, Orrin Hatch....
3. Hands that shed innocent blood. Iraq.
4. An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations. Don Rumsfeld, Karl Rove.
5. Feet that be swift in running to mischief. George W Bush before the mid-90s.
6. A false witness that speaketh lies. GWB, Orrin Hatch, Karl Rove, Ken Melman...
7. He that soweth discord among bretheren. Let's go with James Evans' "Call Rocky" campaign.

Doctrine and Covenants 121:37, 39

"...when we undertake to cover our sins, or to gratify our pride, our vain ambition, or to exercise control or dominion or compulsion upon the souls of the children of men, in any degree of unrighteousness, behold, the heavens withdraw themselves; the Spirit of the Lord is grieved; and when it is withdrawn, Amen to the priesthood or the authority of that man....We have learned by sad experience that it is the nature and disposition of almost all men, as soon as they get a little authority, as they suppose, they will immediately begin to exercise unrighteous dominion."

Just because you're the President (Governor, a Senator, Legislator, etc.), it doesn't make you God. Even God doesn't force people to be righteous.

Doctrine and Covenants 134:4:

"We believe that religion is instituted of God; and that men are amenable to him, and to him only, for the exercise of it, unless their religious opinions prompt them to infringe upon the rights and liberties of others; but we do not believe that human law has a right to interfere in prescribing rules of worship to bind the consciences of men, nor dictate forms for public or private devotion; that the civil magistrate should restrain crime, but never control conscience; should punish guilt, but never suppress the freedom of the soul."

Doctrine and Covenants 134:9:

"We do not believe it just to mingle religious influence with civil government, whereby one religious society is fostered and another proscribed in its spiritual privileges, and the individual rights of its members, as citizens, denied."

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