How Will Racism and Prejudice Affect The 2012 Presidential Election?

Maybe not in the way you might initially think-

Prejudice Against Mormons Might Prove To Be a Key Issue

Read on…

We can assume some racism will be in play when a member of a minority is running for President. The very fact that Obama was elected, with strong support from white voters, indicates that racism was not a major factor in the last Presidential election. That said; let us look at prejudice against Mormons.  I personally believe that unless voters are better informed, a bias against Mormons will have a negative affect during this 2012 Presidential election.

Is Prejudice Against Mormons Real or Imagined?

In a poll conducted by Pew Research Center, nearly two-thirds of respondents said Mormonism is very different from their own religion, and about a quarter of respondents used negative terms such as “cult” “polygamy” or “strange” when asked to give a one-word impression of the Mormon religion.

It is astonishing to hear the disdainful comments and even unconcealed bigotry that I have heard against Mormons. Many times, intellectually sophisticated people – many of them who identified themselves as Christians, exhibit this unfortunate behavior.

Why Are We So Uninformed When It Comes To Understanding The Mormons?

The main reason, the Mormon practice of adhering to the Bible, Proverbs 27:2  which says “Let another praise you, and not your own mouth; A stranger, and not your own lips” leaves much of the good works unrecognized by those outside the church.

To find out more, we visited with the Mormon Church in Salt Lake City, Utah. Our first impression upon arrival at Temple Square in Salt Lake City was refreshing. You can’t help but to notice the clean cut look of the people. A pleasant respite from other cities where some young people in low hanging pants expose their butt cracks daily.

When we visited the State Capitol building, it was amazing to see no real security. That’s right, no metal detectors. Our visit was a pleasant breather from the body scanners and the plethora of security devices we experience at airports and in other municipal buildings.

When we visited the Mormon Church, we were greeted by two women, one an American missionary and the other a missionary from South America.  We found them to be pleasant, open and true believers of the Mormon faith.  More important to their fellow Christians, they are true followers of Jesus Christ. So, claims that they are a cult and not true Christians are simply untrue. They are very low key. Mormons do not believe in touting their accomplishments or forcing their beliefs on others. Their peaceful demeanor has a disarming affect on you. For people of faith, there is certain tranquility in the air that is hard to explain to nonbelievers.

Many of our questions were answered for this article without any attempt to recruit us. Those that are misinformed sometimes label the Mormon Church a cult. The word cult in popular usage usually refers to a new religious movement or other group whose beliefs or practices are considered abnormal or bizarre. There is nothing bizarre, mysterious or abnormal about the Mormons.

If anything, Mormon dedication causes you come away feeling of being a little inadequate from a religious prospective. It would be nice if all of our respective religious affiliations and the rest of us could do as much to help others. I must add, like all other religions, they have their quirks too. However, that is a subject for another time.

Do You Have To Serve As a Missionary To Be Accepted In The Mormon Church?

All worthy young men and woman between the age of 19 and 26 and older couples, no longer with children in the home, are expected to serve a mission.

It is not a requirement, per se, if you decide not to serve you are not considered unworthy of salvation or disfellowshipped by the church. More than 53,000 Mormon missionaries serve through the world today. All of their service is to help those who are not Mormon. Joseph Smith (founder of the Mormon Church) himself taught that we are “to feed the hungry, to clothe the naked, to provide for the widow, to dry up the tear of the orphan, to comfort the afflicted, whether in this church, or in any other, or in no church at all”. To serve a mission is considered a privilege. Mormons take mission service very seriously.

Unfortunately, Many People Mistakenly Think of Today’s Mormon Church to be Currently Associated with Polygamy
The public practice of polygamy by the church was terminated in 1890 by the Manifesto issued by church President Willford Woodruff, in which he publicly declared “that my advice to the Latter-day Saints is to refrain from contracting any marriages forbidden by the law of the land.”[2] Today, all of the 14 million members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the Mormons) are strictly monogamist, and members who are known to practice polygamy are excommunicated.

Mormons Embrace The Pioneer Spirit And American Values

 We found the Mormons to still embrace the pioneer spirit. Like many immigrants, they still believe in the American dream. They feel perseverance and hard work and education will get you somewhere in this country. More important, for the most part, ethics and religious principles guide their business activities. These are only a few of the reasons why many Mormons are very successful in business.

Here is a partial list of companies where a Mormon Church member is either a founder, holds an officer’s position or a large majority interest.

 

Stephen R. Covey Chairman of Franklin Covey
Gary Crittenden CEO of American Express
Jon Huntsman CEO of Huntsman Chemical & Huntsman Cancer Institute
Jim Jannard CEO of Oakley
Brett Keller CMO of Priceline.com
J. and Richard Marriott Founder and Chairman of Marriott Hotels
Dimon McPherson CEO of Nationwide Insurance
David Neeleman CEO of JetBlue Airlines
Stewart Nelson and Ray Noorda CEO and COO of Novell
Nolan Archibald  CEO of Black & Decker
Jerry and Ralph Atkin Founder and CEO of SkyWest Airlines
Francis Cash CEO of LaQuinta Hotels
Johnathan Coon President of 1-800 Contacts
David Huber PH.D Corvis Corporation
Richard L. King Former President of Albertson’s

Does the Mormon Church Offer Acceptance And Charitable Deeds To Those Outside The Mormon Religion?

Much the work done by the Mormon Church is to bless and help those who are not Mormon. The Mormon Church has donated more than $1 billion in cash and material assistance to 167 different countries in need of humanitarian aid since they started keeping records in 1985. Many of these countries have few to no Mormons and have non-Christian populations. The Mormon practice of not singing their praises to the outside world, leaves much of the good works unrecognized by those outside the church. I guess, Mormons shouldn’t start telling these stories if they couldn’t do so comfortably anyway.

The Mormon Pioneer Spirit of Independence Shuns Reliance On The Government

Today, the church owns nearly 100 warehouses throughout the country. Church-owned farms and factories produce wheat, dehydrated fruit and vegetables, beans, and other long-term pantry items. Short-term storage items, such as canned chili, cocoa mix and pancake mix, are produced under the Deseret brand, based in Salt Lake City. A new 15-acre warehouse was built in Salt Lake City near Utah’s capital, you can’t help but wonder: How many Costco and Sams Club Warehouse stores would fit inside?  The Bishops Central Storehouse contains a two-year supply of food to support the Mormon Church’s welfare system in the U.S. and Canada (primarily for church members in need) and its humanitarian program, which sends food, medical supplies and other necessities to the needy (of all faiths) worldwide.

Trucks based at a large church-owned facility in Hermiston, Ore., deliver with increasing frequency giant bags of food, as well as cans and pouches for long-term storage, to the Mukilteo, Washington warehouse.

The food is also sold to church members at cost.  We were told, “The church isn’t making any money off this”.

The warehouse is open to people who are not Mormons. More people who are not church members have come to the warehouse in recent months than ever before as a result of the bad economy and job losses. Many of those arriving at the warehouse shared stories of other families who were living off their long-term storage pantries for months when a family member lost a job.

Will The Real Romney Please Stand-Up?

To better understand the Mormon Church is to better understand Mitt Romney

There’s no escaping the fact of Romney’s many documented kind acts — some of which were first reported in the recent book “The Real Romney” — are sharply at odds with his persona on the campaign trail. Perhaps, these deeds do not rally the same reader interest as sensational stories. He’s a private man who’s hard to get to know. He seems as uncomfortable talking about himself — and especially bragging about himself – and as a politician that stance could prove deadly. He thinks that’s the right way to go about it. For better or worse, he is who he is – that’s it.

There Are Many Stories Of His Kindness, But Do People Care If You Are A Nice Guy?

Years after a business partner died unexpectedly, Romney helped the man’s surviving daughter go to medical school with loans for tuition — he forgave the loans when she graduated as an act of kindness.

In the early 1980s on a cold December day, Mitt Romney loaded up his Ford, Gran Torino with firewood and brought it to the home of a single mother whose heat had been shut off just days before Christmas.

Speaking Of Bain Capital – Here Is A Story You Should Know

No story demonstrates what Romney is like better than the actions he took in July 1996 when the 14-year-old daughter of Robert Gay, a partner in Bain Capital, disappeared. Many bosses would have expressed concern, but done nothing. Instead, Romney closed down the firm and requested for all 30 partners and employees to go to New York to try to find Gay’s daughter. Romney set up a command center at the LaGuardia Marriott. He hired a private detective firm to assist with the search. He established a toll-free number for tips, coordinating the effort with New York City police.

Romney enlisted employees of Bain Capital’s accounting firm and its law firm in New York to put up posters with a photo of the missing teenager. Cashiers at Duane Reade Pharmacies, then owned by Bain Capital, placed flyers with her photo in every shopper’s bag.

Romney and others from Bain Capital trudged through Manhattan, even scouring Central Park, and talked with everyone they could — prostitutes, drug addicts — to try to develop leads. As it turned out, she had attended a rave party in New York City and had become high on ecstasy. When they found her in the basement of a New Jersey home, Gay’s daughter was shivering her way through detox after a massive dose of ecstasy.  According to doctors she probably would not have lasted another day.

What I Did Learn About Romney The Man

My investigation found him to be a man committed to his country, family and his faith, whose life is filled with acts of devotion and generosity. I started this article as an independent unbiased writer, but I must admit, these traits make me a Romney fan.

And yet, these stories are largely absent on the campaign trail.

Yes, Romney has faults, and we all know he is “a politician”.  But he’s also “a good guy in my book”.  A book of words you will never hear about from what has become to be known as “the mainstream media”.  In my opinion, they should be called “the lame stream media of editorial writers”.  They no longer report the NEWS – they just provide the public with their biased editorials lacking depth and full of half-truths. The mainstream media portrays Romney as a man with the image of a heartless corporate raider who can’t relate to people.  In reality, he has a history of doing remarkably kind things for those in need.

I think most voters recognize Romney’s outstanding business and organizational skills. The question is can the voters get to know the real man and not the media stand-in portrayed falsely as a heartless corporate raider?

If it is true that “good guys come in last”, Romney could very well lose the election. It is up to you, the voter, as to what kind of America you want to leave future generations.

Comments are encouraged and all viewpoints welcome.

 

 

 

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  3. The question as to “why so much prejudice” against Mormons (Latter Day Saints, actually) is a good one and has, I believe, implications for the whole “death of civil discourse”. First of all, we seem to be a very polarized society as a whole and “non-religious” persons view “religious” persons with great suspicion and sometimes animosity (the reverse is also quite true as well). Secondly, there IS much that is laudable about the LDS faith, but there is also much that is shrouded in secrecy and secrecy quite often begs the question, “What are they hiding?” Third, amongst those who have studied theology there is a very real difference between LDS Christology (their view of the person and work of Jesus Christ) and the Christology of orthodox Christianity. Politically, this is not a “deal breaker” but it does shape some of the distrust between the adherents of mainline Christianity and the adherents of the LDS faith. Fourth, we have reached a place in our “post-modern” culture where thoughtful debate has been replaced by emotional shouting matches which have no recourse to truth, because – of course – we have decided that truth has no place in the public debate (e.g., “Who are you to tell me…?) Fifth, and finally, the one thing which which appears to be generally intolerable in our materialistic, secularized, post-modern culture is the mere hint of anything supra-natural (e.g., God), and specifically, it is any mention of Jesus Christ as the focus of faith. These are simply my personal ruminations… worth, probably, the price of admission to others but they frame well the answer to the question posed from my perspective. Hope it can be helpful!




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