Fundamentalists to Wear Condom to Protect Against Romney Mormonism

Falwell and RomneyMitt Romney’s Mormonism is not going to get a free ride, and even opportunities to kiss-up to the Christian Right look to rebound against him, such as his rite of passage moment – really, more of a conjugal visit –  the commencement address he is due to give students at obsessively anti-gay Liberty University this weekend.

It seems fitting somehow that Romney should be so roundly condemned; after all, as Dana Milbank writes in a Washington Post opinion piece, this is the guy who won’t defend anyone else from the scurrilous attacks of right-wing demagogues: not to protect President Obama from charges of treason, not to defend his own aide, Richard Grenell, not to defend Sandra Fluke when called a slut by Rush Limbaugh. Mitt Romney has embraced the slime; it is fitting that he be covered in it.

And of course, the religious extremists are beside themselves. They hardly know what to do now that a despised Mormon is their candidate. I looked yesterday at one response: James Robison’s plea for “unity” addressed to the faculty and students of Liberty University – a unity disrupted by Mitt Romney’s Mormonism. James Robison wants to push Mormonism under the rug for the sake of “shared values” – meaning hatred of gays, lesbians, and women – a shrug and a wink to dispose of decades of Christian hatred of Mormonism as a non-Christian cult.

But Robison does not speak for all fundamentalists by any means. We have seen Bryan Fischer first castigate Romney for hiring a gay man and we have seen Romney “fire” the gay man, followed by Fischer castigating Romney for doing what he told him to do: “if Mitt Romney can be pushed around, intimidated, coerced, coopted by a conservative radio talk show host in Middle America, then how is he going to stand up to the Chinese? How is he going to stand up to Putin? How is he going to stand up to North Korea if he can be pushed around by a yokel like me?”

While it’s great fun to see Romney punched around in his “I’m a good Indian” routine – his efforts to be seen as acceptable by men who hate him – we can’t take any of this lightly. Fischer is a powerful voice on the right and many attend to his words, however warped, as is Robison. And Romney, however much he is hated, is still the GOP front runner and the man who will be running against Obama on Election Day. And all those conflicted conservatives are the people who will be voting for Romney in an effort to unseat a man they hate with a man they hate are the key.

Which brings us to the opposition outside of Bryan Fischer: a letter entitled Mitt Romney, Mormonism and the Christian Vote“, subtitled “A Biblical call to Christian Ministers and Leaders” signed by a slew of fundamentalist pastors, including (prominently indicated) several former Mormons.

For the sake of the Gospel, we, the undersigned, call upon Christian leaders and their respective ministries and organizations, if you plan on endorsing Governor Mitt Romney for the office of President of the United States, do so by clearly and unequivocally distancing yourself and Biblical Christianity from his Mormon beliefs.

While Robison seems to want to overlook the theological differences, these people want the distinction to be made clear. As this letter says, “The doctrines espoused by this sect are not only unbiblical, but clearly anti-Christian” and while they give a nod to “shared values” they point out that “it would be a serious theological error to equate Christianity with Mormonism simply based upon some common values.”

For this reason, Christianity must take steps to protect itself:

The purpose of this call to evangelical Christians and leaders is two-fold:

  1. To protect the purity and integrity of the Biblical Gospel.
  2. To seize the opportunity to educate the America Public and Christians to the fundamental differences between historic Christian faith and that of the Latter-day Saints (Mormons).

While social and political causes are a vital and important part of the Church’s responsibilities, we believe that our primary function as Christians, both collectively and individually, is to preach and defend the Lord Jesus and His Gospel, as He is defined in the Bible, and has been affirmed in the historic Christian Church, its Councils and Creeds.

As I said yesterday, the acrobatics involved in supporting Mitt Romney is amusing to watch and we are seeing more of that here. It’s okay to support a guy who violates your every belief: just be clear that his theology doesn’t reflect on your own. Here is the fly in the buttermilk for these pastors:

In our postmodern era, Christians are taught to believe that truth is relative and sincerity is more important than accuracy. However, we believe that the good news of the gospel - justification by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone - could be compromised if Mr. Romney receives unqualified public endorsements from Christian leaders, their ministries or organizations, thereby potentially confusing the evangelical Gospel with the soteriology (false gospel) of the Mormon Religion.

You see where the problem is for these guys? They don’t want to water down the idea of what being a Christian means. The problem is that they are making the same complaint about Obama – that he isn’t the right kind of Christian, but a heretic. Romney is a heretic too, of course, but because he is a heretic who hates gays and wants to subjugate women, they are willing to overlook his sins as long as it is made clear to everyone that he is a heretic and doesn’t speak for real Christians.

You almost get the idea that fundamentalists are less for Romney than willing to endure him – willing to take one for the team. They just can’t agree on what exactly they are taking from Romney: a punch on the jaw or a sharp poke up the backside with a kerosene-soaked corncob. It’s almost as if they fear that corncob is going to stake their immortal souls, so they grant Romney his conjugal visit but force onto him a sort of metaphorical condom, a condom created by verbal acrobatics such as those seen by Robison and now this collection of Evangelical pastors. I guess it turns out conservatives believe in contraception after all.

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14 Replies to “Fundamentalists to Wear Condom to Protect Against Romney Mormonism”

  1. This is entertaining, but if the history of Germany in the 1930’s is any guide, they’ll overlook any and all heresies except egalitarianism.

  2. I know one of the primary authors of this document and I must admit you have it all backwards. Many of the signers, included those who drafted it will not be supporting Romney. However, thy did not want this to come through in the document for the simple reason that this is not about Mitt Romney, Barack Obama or the United States. It is about and for the sake of the gospel. The call was issued solely for the purposes of theological clarification. This goes much deeper than short lived political theory.

  3. How funny is the fact that these people are saying I support Romney but I sure don’t like those Mormons. And yet knowing that Romney’s own faith demands that he live his life according to his church’s decisions and he will be acting as a Mormon agent in the office of the presidency. These people are Christians who want to make a distinction that they are not voting for a Mormon, but a Mormon who will be using Mormon theocracy wherever possible.

    I hope that these fundamentalist preachers are not the heads of tax-free churches while talking about supporting Romney.

  4. Who these pastors may or may not vote for is not the issue here; what is at issue is their call that Mormonism not be lifted up alongside “genuine” Christian theology to the confusion of “especially” Evangelicals. In other words, if you vote for Romney, wear a condom. Yes, it is for the sake of the Gospel, as I believe my article makes clear, and specifically, the issue at present is Mitt Romney’s Mormonism, which is also clear from the wording of the letter.

  5. When I first saw that there had been a half-assed “blessing” by Robi’sin, I went to the source of his letter to the student body. At that time there were a few responses to his editorial and, they weren’t buying it. I couldn’t quote you the exact cherry-picked lines from the bible that the responders were using, but, I recall “the-rich-man-eye-of-the-needle” being used, but not in a “real” christian way.. anyway there was definite disagreement and it was definitely suppressed and scrubbed!

    But, isn’t that what Liberty is all about? I mean, come on, Rev Moon holds the mortgage on the place and they receive more funds from the state than any other local school

    http://www.salon.com/2011/04/05/liberty_university_federal_money/

    Did the students really believe they were being given a choice on what “blessings” they to receive from their cult indoctrination masters?

  6. “However, we believe that the good news of the gospel – justification by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone – ”

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    Their words state that they don’t have a lock on ‘biblical truth.’
    “Faith alone”, Bright eyes.
    That means an individual and the Bible – no go betweens like ministers.

    Martin Luther started the Protestant Revolution by demanding that priests stop pretending thy could interpret the Bible for individuals.

    These evangelicals seem to prefer the Roman Catholic model of hierarchy of access to gawd.

  7. Romney’s cult is not going to sit well with the fundies. Just wait till they realize they are supporting a man whose faith is the antithesis of the Christian bible and it’s strict dogmata that certainly contradicts everything Mormons believe except the marriage and gay thing. Some former minister and bible scholar will personally enjoy pointing out those stark differences that any Christian will comprehend as heresy and worse, apostasy. Even extremist evangelicals know there is no prophylactic to protect against apostates and that the god of the bible has no patience for those who may try.

  8. “we believe that our primary function as Christians, both collectively and individually, is to preach and defend the Lord Jesus and His Gospel, as He is defined in the Bible,”

    This is a lie. Mormons believe in a trinity of divine persons; God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost. This is biblical. The difference these liars are trying to seel is post biblical doctrines like homuesis.

  9. Actually, that isn’t a good point Robyn, contrary to Mr. Haraldsson’s comment. There’s an error in your statement:

    “Martin Luther started the Protestant Revolution by demanding that priests stop pretending thy could interpret the Bible for individuals.”

    That’s not why Martin Luther started the Protestant Reformation. He started it because of the indulgences that the church was issuing. He had a problem with them claiming to be the intercessor (link between the people and God). In other words, he had a problem with them pretending that they were the ones granting the people forgiveness.

    He wasn’t against interpretation of the Bible. In fact, Martin Luther wrote a commentary on the sermon on the mount, which is a book of his interpretation of that part of the Bible.

    Your statement is false.

  10. I get the feeling that these “Christian RWers” would vote for Satan as long as he was a registered Republican…and white, of course.

  11. I love how Mitt changes statistics and rewrites history to fool the rubes. If he wins in November and enacts the Ryan budget, expect a massive and deep recession by 2014 with unemployment reaching the heights that Spain and Greece currentlty suffer. Austerity is not working in Europe and won’t work here. The GOP doesn’t care about the American market now that we’re on a global buying stage as there are millions of customers overseas will supply the 1 percent corporate Americans with their cutomer base. Mitt will manage the decay and decline of America very well according to Newt (one of the things he was most spot on about).

  12. I think Romney is making a big error. Many Interactive polls, as the New York Times makes, shows another reality that the magic of “conducted surveys” like this of Gallup, can not change. Bush wanted to reform the U.S. Constitution on 2 occasions, when his party had ample majority in Congress, to prohibit same-sex marriages..failed on both . Insist with this, instead of playing the economy or employment, does not work.

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