Sunday, December 30, 2007

Fake Romney Christmas Card Sent to S.C. Republican Voters

This week many South Carolina Republican voters received Christmas cards purportedly from Mitt Romney. However, the cards, which included passages from the Book of Mormon, were in fact not from Romney.

You can see the first page of the card above, which includes 1 Nephi 11:13 from the Book of Mormon, saying:
"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."
You can see that the card puts the words "fair and white" in a bold, large font.

Page 3 of the card says:
"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."
This is a passage from Orson Pratt, cited on that page of the card as an "original member of the Quorum of Twelve Apostles." The Quorum was one of the governing bodies of the church hierarchy organized by founder Joseph Smith, Jr.

Page 2 and page 4 are here, and the last page features a photograph of a temple above a box that says "Paid For By The Boston Massachusetts Temple."

Boston Temple President Ken Hutchins said "They have no business using that name or referring to the temple," Hutchins said. "It's a very hurtful thing and creates a misleading impression in peoples' minds." His temple, like the parent Mormon church, stays out of politics.

It's obvious that whoever sent the card was pointing out the differences between the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and other denominations that are prevalent in South Carolina. Mitt Romney's Mormon faith has been a point of contention in his campaign, with many in the U.S. stating they would "never vote for a Mormon."

South Carolina Republican Party Chairman Katon Dawson said he intends to ask the FBI's Elections Fraud Division for a thorough investigation into the matter.

South Carolina's primary is on January 19th.


Anonymous said...

Timothy Garton Ash
Thursday December 27, 2007
The Guardian (British Newspaper)

The angel Moroni allegedly appeared in the 1820s to a young American treasure hunter called Joseph Smith, and led him to some golden plates buried on a hillside near his home in western New York. Allegedly written in an otherwise unknown language called Reformed Egyptian, and deciphered with the aid of two stones called Urim and Thummim, these texts became the Book of Mormon. So it really doesn't matter what irrational belief you have as long as you have some irrational belief.
My residual problem with Romney being a Mormon is not that Mormonism is a faith (the atheist's problem), or that Mormonism is not unambiguously Christian (the Christian's problem), but that it seems such a wacky collection of man-made Moronical codswallop. And I do find myself wondering - even if he is a natural conservative, even if Mormonism is, as he puts it, "the faith of my fathers", including the most recent father whom he hero-worshipped - how on earth a well-educated man who aspires to lead the most powerful and modern nation in the world can seriously believe this stuff. Ah well, there's nowt so queer as folk.

Anonymous said...

Bravo! Bravo! The Virgin was "white?" Only to someone ignorant of ethnicity of those who live in Palestine. Whether this was "God," or Joseph Smith is the question. My vote goes to Smith.

Rex said...

It was actually written by Nephi, abridged by Mormon and translated by Joesph Smith. No where in that verse of scripture does it state that her race was European nor any other race. It only states her appearance. You too can know if the Book of Mormon is true by actually reading it for yourself with pure intent to know if it is true or not. God will let you know by the propting of the Holy Spirit.
Here's an idea....find all the requirements of the true church of Christ in the Bible and see which church on the earth today meets all the requirements. I counted and there are at least 17 requirments and only one church meets every single one of them. If you would like them listed out I would be happy to provide a list of them. Email me at

Anonymous said...

I am not a Romney supporter, but I must disclose my bias as a faithful Mormon. I understand that when examining the roots of the Mormon faith, they are fantastical and seemingly unbelieveable. However, before any individual questions my intelligence, or the intelligence of any Mormon, because of our faith, I only ask that that individual take the same critical and logical eye to examine each and every major religion, which holds equally fantastical and seemingly unbelieveable beginnings.
For example, Muslims believe that the angel Gabriel appeared to Muhammad making him a prophet of God. Many Catholics believe that when they eat the holy sacrament, the wafer and wine actually become the flesh and blood of Jesus Christ. Jews and others who believe in the Old Testament believe that Moses parted the Red Sea and that God sent manna from the skies to feed the Hebrews while they were wandering in the wilderness. The virgin birth of Jesus Christ is perhaps the most fantastical and seemingly unbelievable event that a multitude of religions embrace as fact and unquestionly believe.
So the question you posed was, "how on earth can a well-educated man who aspires to lead the most powerful and modern nation in the world . . . actually believe this stuff." The same question could be posed to any faithful follower of any religion because religion is inherently intertwined with faith. I don't question the faith of others nor do I question their intelligence as a result of their beliefs, I only hope and encourage them to hold true to the faith that they have.

Anonymous said...

Romney gets my vote. He is far and away the most intelligent candidate in this election, having doubled mastered in Business and Law at Harvard and heading a major corporation in his thirties. Take a look at his fiscal and social policies and tell me that he isn't the best candidate for the job. AND he is willing to admit when he's wrong an change his mind. Now that's a rare quality in any politician. GO ROMNEY!

AST said...

Revelation 19:6-9

And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth.

Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready.

And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.

Anonymous said...

How can any religion professing to be the one true church, based on 17 points from the bible, not even use that bible as their holy book? I went to a mormon sunday school as a child with a friend while visiting my grandparents. Like I stated I was a child and had no knowledge at the time of what a mormon was. Now in that sunday school class they were discussing the issue of being the one true church based on the 17 points in the bible and I was following along just fine and all untill the teacher told everyone to pull out their bibles. I had my well used NKJV and when she told us to turn to a certain passsage I raised my hand because I couldn't find it in my bible. Everyone laughed and several said that is not the bible here have this one. At which point they handed me the book of the mormons. That to me sounds a little hipocritical. Calling yourself the one true church based on the bible but not using the bible as the bassis of your religion.

Anonymous said...

Uh, beg to differ...

Most intelligent!?

Give me a break...

The Mittster may well be the most accomplished liar and probably could [and would] talk his own grandmother out of her inheritance.

Of course the other "fundy", you know, the left behinder, the Huckster, sure gives the Mittster a run for the money in that regard but...

There is one man running amongst thi pack of chihuahuas and that man is Ron Paul.

Anonymous said...

Ron Paul? Uh, yeah! Did you hear that bumbling fool during the NH Republican debates?
Saying the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is not the one true religion doesn't make it so. It's the same church Christ established when he was on the earth. Go into the bible and compare his church to the restored church. If any other church were the true church, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints would not exist. It wouldn't have had to be restored. Also, read the bible for references to the restoration. Which church are you going to try to say is the true church? Don't say the Catholic Church, please. Actually, the Catholic church is the only other church with a claim to being the true church. The ancient church or the restored church. "By their fruits ye shall know them."

NotaBeliever said...

Mitt is absolutely the best candidate at morphing into whatever you want him to be. Before Iowa, he was all about keeping up what GW Bush had started. When he lost badly, he became an agent of change. Before the election cycle, he was pro-choice, then he realized that wouldn't play in IA, SC and out here in the red states. Now he's pro-life.

You guys want to buy what he's selling? Go right ahead. But if you take those faith blinders off, you're going to see another Bill Clinton up there and not the 15th son of the prophet Bugga Bugga coming to take you Utes to the promised land.

Mitt is that guy you met at the bar the other night who's so handsome and smooth talking....wait, you guys will never understand that analogy. He's a 32-year old bachelor with a temple recommend and you are silly 15-year olds waiting on him with bated breath. But once he's elected, he's going to start kicking you to the curb so he can cut taxes for the wealthy and powerful who put him there.

Good luck with that!

T said...

Funny how so many of the comments here go off on a complete tangent instead of engaging the main point of the article: some people will stoop to anything to discredit someone they disagree with.

Oh, wait, I forgot that it's okay to twist words, quote obscure (and uncanonized) sources, and perpetuate fraud as long as the party being smeared is wrong.

If people want to challenge Romney on the basis of his political positions, his personal values, or his business dealings, that's fine by me. Candidates have to withstand that sort of scrutiny. Pretending to be a candidate, or, worse yet, a neutral third party, while spreading your own views is WRONG.

There's a difference between being cutthroat or even spinning things and flat-out lying. I don't support the former, but I recognize it is entrenched in our political process. The latter is inexcusable.

Anonymous said...

Moses parted the red sea, Daniel survived in a den of lions, Jesus Christ healed the blind, he raised the dead, and he fed the multitudes who came to hear his word. Jesus Christ suffered for mankind was crucified - he was dead - and then rose the third day - the miracle that gives hope to all Christians. How is it that it is so hard to believe in another modern miracle? The prophets have consistently taught that people must must have ears to hear. If you don't know anything about the Mormons, you should spend just a few minutes learning what they do believe - from the source. Goto and learn for yourself.

Now, as for Mitt Romney, he is not running to be the Mormon leader. We believe God calls his servants(prophets as they have always been called). Romney is running for President. So to the author who says that Romney's beliefs are a "wacky collection of man-made Moronical codswallop" what then to the aforementioned "mystical" beliefs of Christianity as a whole? The key here is what do each of the candidates bring to the table to lead a country, to unify them, and to make the world a better place?

memory stick said...

This week, many Republican voters in South Carolina has received Christmas cards purporting to be from Mitt Romney. However, the maps, which include excerpts of Book of Mormon, were, in fact, Romney.

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There's a difference between being cutthroat or even spinning things and flat-out lying.

crowdSPRING said...

It only states her appearance. You too can know if the Book of Mormon is true by actually reading it for yourself with pure intent to know if it is true or not. God will let you know by the propting of the Holy Spirit.

Anonymous said...

Gotta love folks defending their personal brand of codswallop by saying all religions are codswallop. lol