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"I feel it can be misconstrued if the sums of money he's giving to the church struck observers as unusual or as indicating some particular loyalty that threatens his independence as a politician,"
I made a commitment to my church a long, long time ago that I would give 10 percent of my income to the church. And I followed through on that commitment," Romney said. "And, hopefully, as people look at various individuals running for president, they'd be pleased with someone who made a promise to God and kept that promise."
hardcore LDS are anything but altruistic unless it is to others of their own faith. Yes the church body as a whole does conduct quite a lot of humanitarian aid but that is organized from its central bureaucracy and does not translate very well to the congregation at large.
I can remember at least half a dozen occasions when I was growing up where I was not allowed to attend certain birthday parties because I was a non-member, the mentality is that deeply set.
They are self serving first and not last, they use their own doctors, lawyers, dentists, stores, you name it.
It is a fact that Mormons almost exclusively vote republican
not as a matter of being informed politically and making decisions accordingly, but because the church has endorsed the republican party.
Its members will never ever in the company of their peers speak poorly of the POTUS either (republican or otherwise) because there is a sort of holy connection or divine mechanism behind his elected status, it is the will of god that decides our leaders not the people or their parliament.
With that i will close my pseudo rant for the day, please dont take it the wrong way and if I have offended anybody I am truly sorry.
Originally posted by clowdstalker
...get ready for a male version of Tipper Gore if he gets into office.
Originally posted by Openeye
I grew up in the LDS church (no longer a member), and while a good deal of what you describe can be true for certain areas it is not true of the LDS culture in general.
I'd rather have a mormon bishop as POTUS that an American-hating socialist-progressive-bowing-apologising-job losing-tax raising-liar that we have now.
As long as he serves the needs of the majority of people, I fail to see how the source of his dictates matter?
One thing I learned: Non-Mormons think they are experts on Mormonism.
Its funny - - they'll flat out tell you you are wrong when you try to correct them.