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“They’ll bring up every anti-Mormon bullet point you’ve ever seen, and probably a few you haven’t”

February 23, 2007

Mormon Tom Williams worries about the Romney candidacy stirring up exposure and opposition to the Mormon religion:

“I’ll tell you what they’ll do. There will be discussions of LDS temple ceremonies, temple garments, polygamy, priesthood restrictions on blacks, blood atonement, Adam-God theory, etc., etc. They’ll bring up every anti-Mormon bullet point you’ve ever seen, and probably a few you haven’t. There will be quotes taken out of context, distortions of doctrine and kernels of truth buried in landfills of inaccuracy. This will put leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in an absolute no-win situation: If they try to respond to the doctrinal distortions aimed at Romney they will be perceived as defending him and thus supporting his candidacy; if they do nothing, the anti-Mormon assertions will be seen as true. Your 19-year-old missionary serving in Mississippi will spend the rest of his mission trying to explain the Mountain Meadows Massacre and the Adam-God theory, things he probably knows nothing about.” (links added)

“There will be quotes taken out of context, distortions of doctrine and kernels of truth buried in landfills of inaccuracy”? That makes for some great writing, but has this proven to be the case? The media so far has done an impressive job giving accurate portrayals of Mormonism. “If they try to respond to the doctrinal distortions aimed at Romney they will be perceived as defending him and thus supporting his candidacy…” Baloney. The Mormon PR machine is perfectly capable of clearing up distortions and inaccuracies without somehow defending him as a candidate. I think the real issue is that the Mormon Church dislikes publicly dealing with sticky, controversial issues, especially when it might mean publicly, explicitly repudiating the statements of past leaders, or simply stirring up curiosity or interest in something they wish would just go away.

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