Republican Islamophobes Shocked to Learn Romney’s More Muslim than Obama

A mental representation that has been fabricated from organizing, identifying, and interpreting sensory information is known as perception. The information collected to contrive perception does not necessarily have to be real or true, but if it is repeated with high frequency and related to preconceived notions, it can certainly become factual in a weak or un-inquisitive mind. Fox News depends on, and utilizes, frequent repetition of blatant lies to convince addle-minded viewers that their lunatic assertions are true, and they account for most of the misperceptions about President Obama among their audience. One of the GOP’s favorite memes to cast aspersion on the President is not openly supported by nationally recognized legislators, but their deliberately ambiguous remarks have perpetuated the lie that the President is a Muslim.

The GOP started the fallacious accusation during the 2008 presidential campaign, and it resulted in 16% of self-described “conservative Republicans” positively identifying then-Senator Barack Obama as a Muslim. After four years and no reason to believe otherwise, a new Pew Research Center poll revealed that now, 34% of conservative Republicans believe the President is a Muslim. Whether it is the President’s racial makeup, his father’s heritage, or perpetual assertions by members of the fanatical Christian clergy questioning the President’s religion, the perception he is a Muslim continues unabated. It is curious then, that conservative Republicans, who are also evangelical Christians, are supporting presumptive Republican presidential nominee Willard Romney when he belongs to a religious cult that has more in common with Islam than it does Christianity. That’s right, the Mormon cult shares a similar founding and beliefs with Islam, and the Republican National Committee is lining up millionaire and billionaire donors to elect a man whose religion closely follows Muslim teaching.

The Muslim religion and Mormon cult both acknowledge the Christian bible as historically accurate, and both recognize characters in the collection of stories as prophets speaking to, and for, their supreme being, including Christians’ namesake Jesus Christ. However, they both fail to recognize that at the very end of the book known as “The Revelation to John” given to him by Jesus Christ, the verse that says, “I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book that if one puts anything on to it god will put on him the scourges that are written in this book, and if one takes anything away from the words of the book of this prophecy, god will take his portion away from the trees of life, and from the sacred city, that are written in this book” (Revelation 22:18-19). For those unfamiliar with Islam or Mormonism, it is important to comprehend that both are founded in teachings of so-called “latter-day” prophets who “added to and took away” from the words of the bible as the basis of their respective faiths.

Apparently for latter day prophets, the bible was only a starting point that god intended to be amended to suit their philosophy of what the ideal, and solely truthful, belief system was to guarantee immortality after their physical life on Earth came to an end. The only difference between Islam and Mormonism was the duration between the end of the bible and the “revelation” of new information.

In Islam, the latter day (after the bible) prophet is Mohammad who added to teachings of recognized prophets such as Moses, Abraham, and yes, Jesus Christ to fit his new religion, Islam. The prophet Muhammad first received a visit from the angel Gabriel, and then later during Ramadan when the Qur’an was revealed to him in several parts. In Mormonism, the latter day prophet was an American charlatan named Joseph Smith (seriously, Joe Smith) who concocted a fantastic story of an angel Moroni (not to be confused with moronic) who revealed, only to him, the location of special golden plates and an equally special seer stone that allowed him to translate the strange symbols on the plates into a bastardization of American English that is curiously reminiscent of “King James-era” English. Now the important point is that both latter-day prophets added “new” information, or revelations, to the bible to clarify god’s new message necessary for a new religion.

Many Americans cite Islam’s intent to conquer the world to establish an Islamic theocracy as proof it is dangerous, and a reason to eradicate Muslims off the face of the Earth. However, the same Islamophobic conservatives who believe President Obama is a Muslim support Willard Romney whose religion proselytizes the entire world in advance of  a “Mormon-ruled theocracy divinely ordained to not only direct the political affairs of the Mormon community, but eventually the United States and ultimately the world.” So far, two latter day prophets receive revelations from angels, and two religions with the goal of world domination and government by theocracy. Conservative Republicans abhor Islam and its intent to rule the world, and 34% of them believe President Obama is an adherent and oppose him vehemently, and yet they support Willard Romney who does adhere to a faith intent on ruling the world.

The similarities between Islam and Mormonism do not stop at angelic revelations and latter day prophets with a belief in the bible, but the point is clear; both religions reject the bible as the complete word of god and required a latter day prophet to add information god either forgot or changed millennia after the original dispensation of truth.  What is interesting is that both religions have an entirely different afterlife story than the bible. Muslims believe heaven (Paradise) is a place of physical and spiritual pleasure, with lofty mansions, delicious food and drink, and virgin companions, and Mormons believe obedient servants become gods replete with their own universe and planets, and for men, a wealth of wives. The bible is not as detailed as the Qur’an or the Book of Mormon, and only assures the faithful resurrection or rapture to heavenly life in god’s presence, or everlasting life on a cleansed Earth. Christianity, Islam, and Mormonism all foretell of a world-shattering war between good and evil with victory going to god’s true servants that are either Christians, Muslims, or Mormons exclusively; there is no room for sharing in the victory celebration.

This article is not a treatise on religion, or a condemnation of Mormonism or Islam, it is simply to point out that between the two presidential candidates, Willard Romney’s beliefs align closer to the Muslim faith than Christianity. Although Mormons, like Muslims, recognize certain parts of the Christian bible as god’s word, their entire belief system is farther afield from Christianity and violates Christ’s warning in Revelation that anyone who “puts anything on to it,” or “takes anything away from” the bible is in serious trouble. The hopes here are that with some rudimentary information, conservative Republicans will take a closer look at Romney’s cult and determine for themselves the similarities between Muslim and Mormon teachings. Perhaps with a little knowledge, the perception that President Obama is a Muslim will seem as ridiculous as thinking Willard is a Christian, and that perception based on innuendo and propaganda is flawed.

The message for conservative Republicans is thus; if 34% believe President Obama, a moderate Christian, is a Muslim, it behooves them to investigate Willard Romney, a Mormon, and determine for themselves whose religion is closer to Islam. Unless their perception is completely polluted by sensory information organized, identified, and interpreted by liars at Fox News and Republican propaganda, they may find they are supporting a candidate who is closer to a Muslim than he is a Christian.

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22 Replies to “Republican Islamophobes Shocked to Learn Romney’s More Muslim than Obama”

  1. I would like to see this article go mainstream, then perhaps Romney would be forced to give a speech on religion as Obama did in the last election.

  2. Certain Mormon sects have a record of honor killings, as well; check out the killings done by the Lafferty brothers on their sister-in-law, Brenda, and their infant neice, Erica, in (if memory serves me) 1984. Equally ugly acts have been imputed to Warren Jeffs, though not proven.

  3. the only thing missing to the baggers is, the willy isnt a ‘different’ skin. willy doesnt have that funny sounding name. and the LDS has done such a good job as presenting themselves as ‘regular’ americans, yet when you dig into the cult you find dogma that exceeds much of what in america we call freedom…
    the gentile loves those white inbred aryans, even when they are cultists….. makes sense, xtianity is a cult of some form…. got snakes, and speak in tounges?…

    and dont get me started on donny and marie….. if that aint the devils work…..

  4. For years I tried to read the Book of Mormon to get a better handle on what the religion was all about. Never made it past the first few pages before falling asleep. I hope there’s a primer out there somewhere — you know, a kind of Mormonism for Idiots book — that lays out the differences between this religion and traditional Christianity.

    I have read “Under the Banner of Heaven” — whoa, that was fascinating — and read some blogs by ex-Mormons, but have yet to find anything that gets to the specifics of what exactly it is that Mormons believe, how they spend the vast sums collected through tithes (aside from CA’s Prop 8), and how the hierarchy of the church is configured.

    So far, about all I know is that Joseph Smith was a convicted conman; Mormons were responsible for the Massacre at Mountain Meadows; they were holy underwear; polygamy was abolished in order for Utah to become a state; God was originally human; and when Mormons die they get their own planet (but I’m very hazy on the last two.)

    Reason I mention all this is because I’m fairly sure that most non-Mormons give this religion a pass because they, like me, know next to nothing about it.

  5. Under the Banner of Heaven- thanks, Molly, that is the name of the book that discusses the Lafferty murders, though I knew of it elsewhere and have not read the book in question

    No sect should be judged by its worst adherents, and I have previously described how Stewart and Morris Udall both did tremendous service for this country. Somehow, though, Romney isn’t like that…

  6. “the verse that says, ‘I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book that if one puts anything on to it god will put on him the scourges that are written in this book, and if one takes anything away from the words of the book of this prophecy, god will take his portion away from the trees of life, and from the sacred city, that are written in this book’ (Revelation 22:18-19). For those unfamiliar with Islam or Mormonism, it is important to comprehend that both are founded in teachings of so-called ‘latter-day’ prophets who ‘added to and took away’ from the words of the bible as the basis of their respective faiths.”

    This applies strictly to the Book of Revelation — i.e. about adding to, or taking away, and not the Bible itself.

  7. I too think that the Mormon faith should be brought up, explained and talked about. Is it the Mormon “plan” to take over and run the world? If so, that kinda scares me! So I’d appreciate knowing their intentions.

  8. In Virginia, on talk radio there is basically all-day long hate fests about President Obama’s being a Muslin, seriously, it is nonstop,Rush, Hannity Beck, all day long, and there is no answer to it, from the Democrats, The Addledbrained Republicans just repeat the same crap they hear weather it makes sense or not, Americans need to learn each person’s role in the Government, so the know who to blame, right now the Republican led house of Reps is directly responsible for the dismal approval rating of Congress, and for causing untold millions to suffer, just to make the President look bad, no other reason. The American people need to quit having others do their thinking for them. If you are an American, you owe a little bit to those that came before, so make sure you vote every Republican out of office, it the last chance to save our country from a corporate takeover.

  9. While you’re right about that “curse”, the really funny thing is that the Revelation of St. John is the one book in the Bible that nearly didn’t make it and was only added in an act of hate. The only reason it was included was some really nasty and dirty politics… in order to get enough votes to excommunicate Arian, they had to trade acceptance of that book for the votes. The people who were trying to excommunicate Arian (now it looks like that was a huge mistake) fought long and hard against that provision, but finally capitulated so they could get rid of someone they hated.

    There are other aspects of history that aren’t well known like that… things that if the dominionists/fundamentalists knew them, would make them back down from many of the things they insist on.

  10. Hardly ‘the one book that almost didn’t make it into the Bible’ there were many that didn’t make the cut and there ARE many that did that are forgeries. See Bart Ehrman’s book Forged.

    Joseph Smith was really into Islam and saw himself as the second ‘Mahomet’.

    “If the people let us alone, we will preach the gospel in peace. But if they come on us to molest us, we will establish our religion with the sword. We will trample down our enemies and make it one gore of blood…from the Rocky Mountains to the Atlantic Ocean. I will be to this generation a 2nd Muhammad, whose motto in treating for peace was ‘the Al-Qur’an or the sword.’ So shall it be with us — ‘Joseph Smith or the sword!’ (See History of the Church, Vol. 3, p. 167).”

  11. That argument has been used by every group attempting to bastardize the Christian faith for centuries, and scholars have argued amongst themselves whether Revelation was a “book” or not. The point is, Mormons, Catholics, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Muslims, Seventh Day Adventists all attributed that nonsense to justify adding garbage to promote their own scam, frighten people, and enrich themselves. It is a typical ploy used by charlatans throughout history. Christians do not believe the bible needed amendments; scam artists, however, cannot exist without them.

  12. Many thanks, Kathleen and Richard. Your links have been very helpful, and I’ve bookmarked them for continued reference. You’ve inspired me to dig further into this strange religion.

    I didn’t realize it was anywhere close to this weird.

  13. There’s a more practical reason for why so many Republican Evangelicals believe President Obama is a Muslim…before I reveal that reason, however, I will admit that the number of those believing that has risen slightly, but doesn’t fully account for high rise in percentage. A little birdie told me a while ago that more than 2 million GOP moderates have left the party and perhaps a million more are going to stick it out in the party but not vote for the GOP this year and maybe never again. In view of those facts, the rise in percentage is simply a numbers game…the figure I heard in 2008 was 18% and now it’s 34%. When you take big numbers of people out of the equation, of course the percentage is going to increase; that’s a math truism. Also not helping the GOP is the fact that, before the migration across the aisle, the Democrats had a higher number of voters in the first place, meaning now, Mittens the Liar Rmoney and others need to rely on at least 75% of Independent voters to win the election, especially for the Presidency. Not all GOP moderate migrants went Democratic; it’s about a 50-50 split between going Independent or Democratic.
    And, if you’re wondering why so many moderates have left the party, all you need do is to remember what Bill Maher said in December in that season’s finale of his show: “The Democratic Party has moved to the right and the Republican Party was moved right into the insane asylum”. So, if the Demos have moved Right enough to attract GOP moderates, that leaves the GOP just one thing to do: go even further right. I’ve been saying for months on Facebook and Twitter that the GOP are headed for an electoral smackdown along the lines of 1932 this fall; Google or Wikipedia the 1932 Presidential election, US Senate elections and US House elections and you’ll see what I mean. It took the GOP nearly two-dozen years to recover from 1932. If the GOP even survives this election, it’s going to take much longer for them to recover….much longer.

  14. Thank you Andrew Rei for that wonderful bit of BFF birdie information. Maybe we can be that great shining beacon on the hill again–once we rid ourselves of this dangerous party. Since it was/IS the GOP that is destroying our country–our reputation. The GOP = stooges.

  15. There is an article (on Daily Beast I think) by the great granddaughter of Brigham Young and why she left the mormon religion, it is chilling to say the least and I would urge everyone to read it!

  16. A recent poll stated that most americans could care less about what a president’s religious affiliation is. Most would vote for an atheist as well. However we must understand what the candidate supports and sympathizes with. I think most people have a pretty good idea that Barack supports and sympathizes with Islam and Romney with Mormonism as does Harry Reid. Mormonism is a cult as is Islam. Both are non christian but both believe in a deity, albeit different ones.

  17. They all “worship” the Abrahamic God – the same one. The extremists will deny it to demonize the other religions, but their God is the same. The various sects in each religion war with others in the religion. “Brotherly love?” I think not. It’s a universal “my way or the highway.”

    Excellent Rmuse! I plan to share widely. Thanks!

  18. Nice try, but Obama isnt a muslim nor does he sympathize with them as you state. Be interesting to see what evidence you might have

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