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Many South Carolina Republicans got a bogus holiday greeting card this week, purported to be from White House hopeful Mitt Romney, that cites some controversial passages of the Book of Mormon.

The last page features a photograph of a temple above a box that says “Paid For By The Boston Massachusetts Temple.”

The card contains passages that underscore some differences between the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and those of denominations that are prevalent in South Carolina.

“We have now clearly shown that God the Father had a plurality of wives, one or more being in eternity by whom He begat our spirits as well as the spirit of Jesus His first born, and another being upon the earth by whom he begat the tabernacle of Jesus, as his only begotten in this world,” reads one passage from Orson Pratt, cited on the card as an “original member of the of Twelve Apostles.”

The card also cites a passage on Mary’s virgin birth that underscores her race. “And it came to pass that I looked and beheld the great city of Jerusalem, and also other cities. And I beheld the city of Nazareth; and in the city of Nazareth I beheld a virgin, and she was exceedingly fair and white.” On the card, “fair and white” are in a bolder, larger font and on a separate line.
This is starting to get quite entertaining. I wonder if they can somehow trace this back to the Huckster.

  1. untold story says:

    hey we are making up stuff for all other candidates, we may as well get some more crap on Romney. and nothing is easier than to bring up some mormon stuff.
    except for the mormons, no one knows much about them, so lets pile it up.

  2. Matto says:

    This is very similar to an incident in the recent Australian election where members of one party where caught red handed distributing fake flyers supposedly from a Muslim group supporting the opposition party. The plan backfired badly with widespread negative media attention for the government in the final days of the election that resulted in the seat being lost. It also cost the sitting member her marriage. All very entertaining.

  3. Mister Catshit says:

    OK, so who cares? One dysfunctional group of Right Wing Nut Neo-con Conservative Evangelical Republican Radiohead Shut-in crowd is dissing another dysfunctional part of the Right Wing Nut Neo-con Conservative Evangelical Republican Radiohead Shut-in crowd. Regardless, that whole section of society is dysfunctional and a little too in need of therapy. The whole crowd think nothing of slandering others and inventing lies.

  4. doug says:

    and John McCain had a black out-of-wedlock child, too.

    (anybody seen Karl Rove lately?)

  5. Gary, the dangerous infidel says:

    A bit off topic, but certainly relating to Romney, has anyone else noticed that Mormon ads on TV began showing up with increased frequency starting about a year ago? My guess is that the increased Mormon ad budget is probably related to Romney’s presidential bid, possibly to help increase acceptance of the Mormon faith in the minds of voters.

  6. ArianeB says:

    #4 was thinking the same thing. This sounds like a Rove style dirty trick.

  7. gregallen says:

    I have to ask — what the he*k is wrong with South Carolinians? Are they just all stupid and mean?

    It seems like all the dirtiest political tricks in the book work in that state.

    Sorry, South Carolinians for my frustrated stereotyping but, c’mon, you’re spoiling democracy for us all.

  8. MikeN says:

    Any apologies from people who accused Bush and Rove for all the attacks in 2000? This time around they havenodog as longas it’snotHuck or Paul.

  9. the Three-Headed Cat says:

    Wonderful, wonderful. Considering that the Mormon “faith” is every bit the blatant, laughably absurd fabrication of a proven con artist as Scientology – and that those two differ from the mainstream of Xianity only in lacking that bogus patina of age that impresses the gullible – many of the recipients will readily believe whatever this card says. It’s no more idiotic or less credible than what they already swallow whole.

    You can’t spell ‘the Angel Moroni’ without ‘moron.’

  10. gregallen says:

    As a liberal, I don’t believe in blaming the victim. BUT, I have to say that Romney invited this on himself.

    Instead of saying, “I believe in a strict separation of church and state. My faith is my private affair that I’ll keep it totally separate from my public service.” (as Kennedy more-or-less did.)

    Romney, instead, made his faith central to his campaign.

    So, the issue of what he believes is valid valid political debate about him, even if it was done as a dirty trick.

  11. Glenn E. says:

    And this is just the handiworks of the republican dirty tricks squad. Bush can’t run anymore, so I wonder if the GOP has already decided who they’re rather win the primary? And are now hard at work poisoning us against all the others. They’ll only start in on the democrats, in order to steer a weaker one into position against the GOP’s top pick. But the democrats may also start employing some of their own dirty tricks. It just seems that the GOP is better known for this. Or some of their corporate sponsors are. Could one of them have sent out this card?

  12. GregA says:

    It blows my mind how the Republicans can get behind polyamorous marriage but they can’t seem to wrap their head around gay marriage…

  13. ArianeB says:

    #11 you are right

    Here is what Romney should have said:

    Joseph Smith started the LDS (Mormon) church in New York in 1830. The reason why it was started at all is because of the guarantees of freedom of religion in the Constitution. If there was no freedom of religion in this country there would be no Mormon church.

    The separation of Church and State is a major tenet of the Mormon faith (D&C 134), It is also a major tenet of the Constitution of the US which the Church holds as an inspired document (D&C 101:80).

    The LDS church never endorses anyone for elected office, nor does it endorse any specific party. There are many Mormons serving import roles in government today, including Democrat Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. The Church makes no demands on Senator Reid or on any of the other 12 congressmen and senators from both parties who hold to the Mormon faith, nor will it make any any demands on Mitt Romney if elected.

    yada yada yada…

    The only reason he hasn’t, and the only reason why his religion is an issue is because there is a large narrow minded constituency in the Republican party that WANTS A THEOCRACY!!! These are the 20% or so that support Bush whole heartedly because Bush is a born again Christian that talks to God on a regular basis.

    This in my opinion is the #1 problem with the Republican party today. It is dominated by the Christian right who whole heartedly support Republicans despite during their recent 6 year rule they did diddly squat to advance the Christian Social Conservative agenda, because if the Christians actually got their way they would probably go back to lurking.

    The Corporatist Neo-Cons (who I put Mitt Romney in which is why I won’t be supporting him, regardless of his faith) pretty much hold the Christian Right in contempt, and would brush them off like dandruff on a black shirt if they did not need them to stay in power.

  14. Jeff says:

    Good times for American politics, lots of money to be made by all…

  15. RickCain says:

    Huck is the perfect candidate for the conservative christian. He believes that the earth is 6000 years old, he doesn’t believe in evolution, and he talks to jesus every night.

    And these voters are the same folks complaining about the religious extremism in the middle east!


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