Mormon bishopâs daughter spills Romneyâs âsecretsâ
The daughter of a Mormon bishop who has abandoned her familyâs faith claims in a new book the election of Mitt Romney to the presidency would put the U.S. in danger due to what she calls the Republicanâs âoutrageous,â âhorrificâ and âmind-controllingâ beliefs.
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and his wife, Ann
âWhile he attempts to portray Mormonism as just another
âIf the American people knew what he truly believed, they would surely not place him in the highest office in the land.â
Yet others, such as professor Richard Bushman, a Mormon
and previous missionary himself who has taught at Harvard, Columbia and Brown
obligation to discredit [her] former faith.â
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the official name for Mormonism, has rocketed into the national consciousness this month since Rev. Robert Jeffress, a Rick Perry supporter who pastors the First Baptist Church of Dallas, Texas, said Romney was ânot a Christianâ and that Mormonism is a âcult.â
âPart of a pastorâs job is to warn his people and others about false religions,â Jeffress said Sunday, standing by his controversial remarks. âIslam, Hinduism, Buddhism and Mormonism are all false religions.â
In her book, Erickson paints an unflattering picture of the Mormon faith, which counts not only the former Massachusetts governor as a member, but also fellow GOP presidential contender Jon Huntsman, Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., radio talk-show host Glenn Beck, singer Gladys Knight, actresses Amy Adams and Katherine Heigl, âNapoleon Dynamiteâ actor Jon Heder, entertainers Donny and Marie Osmond, and sports stars including the NFLâs Steve Young, Danny White and Merlin Olsen.
Erickson says Romney believes:
- He will become a âgodâ in the afterlife and be given his own planet
- Satan is Jesusâ literal brother
- Jesus was not born of a virgin birth
- He will be given his own afterlife kingdom where he will have sexual relations with his wife, Ann, to populate his kingdom with spirit children as God the Father Himself has a wife on His own planet.
Author and former Mormon Tricia Erickson
âMormonism teaches we pre-existed on God the Fatherâs planet as spirit children before we were planted in our motherâs wombs,â Erickson told WND. âAnd the reason why weâre here according to Mormonism, is so that we can work out our own progression to godhood and our own planets themselves.â
The author, who herself was married in a Mormon temple at age 19 but now considers herself a non-denominational Christian, says thereâs a secret agenda Mormon officials donât like to talk about publicly.
âA complete takeover of the government,â she said. âThey have more people in the CIA, the FBI. They have an
âTheyâve been trying since the beginning to get someone in the presidency, because they believe they have to establish their authority so when Jesus comes to Earth, the Mormon Church will take control of the government and the Mormons will be the government of God on Earth,â she continued.
Erickson says her main concern is that the leader of the free world have the ability to discern fact from fiction.
âIt may be crucial to our survival,â she said. âIf his beliefs are distorted, which they unequivocally are, why would it not be be critical to our existence to protect our country from being placed in the hands of such a person?â
When asked for specific rituals she considers bizarre, Erickson claims Romney and other Mormons take part in clandestine marriage ceremonies involving âoutrageousâ customs. Explaining her own Mormon wedding, she says she was forced to completely disrobe against her will.
âIt was horrific,â she told WND. âThere I was standing naked. They brought this bowl of water, and started washing my body down and whispering prayers over my body. They stopped over the right and left breast, the navel and knees and prayed specific prayers.â
To help ensure the general public did not learn details of the rituals, she says believers took a symbolic knife to feign their own murder if members spilled the beans of what really goes on behind closed doors.
âThey actually had us slashing our guts open and our guts falling to the ground if we told people of the secret dogma of the ceremonies,â Erickson said.
âMitt is not a casual Mormon,â she told online interviewer Thom Hartmann, noting Romney has reached the upper echelons of the faith. âThere is no way that he will be able to not listen to the [Mormon] prophet. His eternal salvation depends on it. He has to put the church first over country.â
When pressed about what some may consider the strange beliefs of other faiths, Erickson said of Romney, âI kind of believe, you know, that he should be completely sane and he should have discernment and good judgment. I mean if the man truly believes heâs gonna become a god, would you trust the judgment of somebody like that?â
The Boston Globe reported in 2006 that Romneyâs political team quietly consulted with leaders of the Mormon Church to map out plans for a nationwide network of Mormon supporters to help Romney capture the presidency in 2008.
Officials with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints told WND theyâre well aware of Ericksonâs book, but were reluctant to respond to Ericksonâs assertions. Spokeswoman Jessica Moody says she encourages everyone to read the churchâs core beliefs as well as articles of faith posted online.
Regarding the plan of salvation, the LDS church states, âThe mortal existence is seen in the context of a great sweep of history, from a pre-Earth life where the spirits of all mankind lived with Heavenly Father to a future life in His presence where continued growth, learning and improving will take place.â
At the Values Voters Summit in the nationâs capital over the weekend, Romney defended his beliefs, saying, âAlmost all Americans live for a purpose greater than ourselves. Our heritage of religious faith and tolerance has importantly shaped who we have become as a people. We must continue to welcome faith into the public square and allow it to flourish. Our government should respect religious values, not silence them. We will always pledge our allegiance to a nation that is under God.â
Bushman, meanwhile, says people need to remember that many faiths have doctrines and customs that other people find hard to fathom.
âTo my way of thinking the idiosyncrasies of Mormon belief and practice are not the issue; Catholic belief in transubstantiation and Protestant belief in the resurrection [of Jesus] can be made to look silly, too,â he told CNN in reaction to Erickson.
âThe question is Mitt Romneyâs independence. Will he pursue the public good as he rationally understands it, or will he bow to the judgment of Church leaders? Does his religion force him to be a puppet? Here we can turn to history for an answer. Temple-attending, believing Mormons have held national office for over a century now. Is there a single instance where they have succumbed to church direction against their own consciences. I do not know of one myself.â
Earlier this week, WND posted a non-scientific, interactive poll in which readers were asked to sound off on Mormonism as a factor in the presidential race.
With more than 1,200 participants, the top response with 25 percent of the votes was, âBecause it denies divinity of Jesus and salvation by faith alone, it is a cult, and a Mormon candidate should never be elected president.â
In second place with 19 percent was, âIf anyone doesnât appear to be a true Christian, itâs the current occupant of the White House.â