Thursday, August 9, 2012

Brigham Young’s Great-Great-Granddaughter on Mormonism and Mitt Romney

The Daily Beast, with video.

A direct descendant of Brigham Young, Sue Emmett left the church because of the very values she says would make Romney a frightening president.

Emmett says Romney was a bishop, “a position where everyone defers to you. What a bishop says goes. People come to them to receive blessings.” He then became a stake president, she says, which means he presided over several congregations, and at that point bishops deferred to him.

“Mitt has had people defer to him and not challenge him his entire life,” says Emmett. “In the Mormon church if you challenge your priesthood leaders it’s a very bad thing to do, especially for women. As the world can now see, Mitt has a very hard time with being questioned and criticized; he’s had so little of this in his life."

Emmett says she doesn’t think Romney has the ability to separate what leaders of the church want from what the country needs.

“Mitt has been groomed to become president from a very young age,” says Emmett. “The thing is, I think his father [George Romney, who ran for president in 1968] would have made a much better president. In many ways the church was more benign then than it is now.”

Emmett says she thinks Romney’s biggest fault is that he has a “serious problem telling the truth. There is flip-flopping, which he has done more than any politician in modern history, and then there is out and out lying,” she says. “This kind of thing has sadly been a part of the church from the very beginning. Some modern apostles actually taught that it is not always the best thing to tell the truth if it interferes with preaching gospel.”

Emmett says the notion of “Lying for the Lord,” as it has been called, implies that teaching the whole truth about the church should be avoided. At a presentation on Lying for the Lord at the 2008 Exmormon Foundation conference, Ken Clark addressed the issue. Clark, who worked as a teacher for the LDS Church Education System (CES) for 27 years and also served as a bishop before leaving the church in 2003, tells The Daily Beast, “Lying has become an institutionalized method of administrative control with the church.”

Hey, lady, "lying has become an institutionalized method of administrative control" eveywhere. Cheney/Bush may have been the biggest political liars in my lifetime and they're not Mormons.

We don't need another privileged son with no ideas of his own rubber-stamping neocon, 1%, and religious shit in the Oval Office.

1 comment:

Fixer said...

“Mitt has had people defer to him and not challenge him his entire life,”

And everybody wonders why Mitt's such a dick. That's why.