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20 February 2012

Latino Mormons speaking out against Romney over immigration issue

February 20, 2012

Fox News

When Honduran-born Antonella Cecilia Packard converted to the Mormon Faith 20 years ago, she said it was like “coming home.”

The Catholic-educated Packard, who grew up in “the middle of Mayan ruins,” appreciated the faith’s strong sense of family and conservative values. She also saw her own history in the Book of Mormon with stories of migrations, tragedies and triumphs of a people many Mormons believe are the ancestors of some present-day Latinos.

But two decades after her conversion while a college student at Mississippi State, the 43-year-old Packard finds herself on a new mission: defeating Mitt Romney and any Mormon politician who betrays what she sees as a basic Mormon principle of protecting immigrants.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/02/20/latino-mormons-speaking-out-against-romney-over-immigration-issue/

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Latino Mormons speaking out against Romney

February 20, 2012

San Francisco Chronicle (California)

When Honduran-born Antonella Cecilia Packard converted to the Mormon Faith 20 years ago, she said it was like “coming home.”

The Catholic-educated Packard, who grew up in “the middle of Mayan ruins,” appreciated the faith’s strong sense of family and conservative values. She also saw her own history in the Book of Mormon with stories of migrations, tragedies and triumphs of a people many Mormons believe are the ancestors of some present-day Latinos.

But two decades after her conversion while a college student at Mississippi State, the 43-year-old Packard finds herself on a new mission: defeating Mitt Romney and any Mormon politician who betrays what she sees as a basic Mormon principle of protecting immigrants.

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2012/02/20/national/a001500S79.DTL

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Latino Mormons speaking out against Romney

February 20, 2012

Newsday

When Honduran-born Antonella Cecilia Packard converted to the Mormon Faith 20 years ago, she said it was like “coming home.”
The Catholic-educated Packard, who grew up in “the middle of Mayan ruins,” appreciated the faith’s strong sense of family and conservative values. She also saw her own history in the Book of Mormon with stories of migrations, tragedies and triumphs of a people many Mormons believe are the ancestors of some present-day Latinos.
But two decades after her conversion while a college student at Mississippi State, the 43-year-old Packard finds herself on a new mission: defeating Mitt Romney and any Mormon politician who betrays what she sees as a basic Mormon principle of protecting immigrants.

http://www.newsday.com/news/latino-mormons-speaking-out-against-romney-1.3542952

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Latino Mormons speaking out against Romney

February 20, 2012

Journal Review (Indiana)

When Honduran-born Antonella Cecilia Packard converted to the Mormon Faith 20 years ago, she said it was like “coming home.”
The Catholic-educated Packard, who grew up in “the middle of Mayan ruins,” appreciated the faith’s strong sense of family and conservative values. She also saw her own history in the Book of Mormon with stories of migrations, tragedies and triumphs of a people many Mormons believe are the ancestors of some present-day Latinos.
But two decades after her conversion while a college student at Mississippi State, the 43-year-old Packard finds herself on a new mission: defeating Mitt Romney and any Mormon politician who betrays what she sees as a basic Mormon principle of protecting immigrants.

http://www.journalreview.com/news/article_709ebf1c-03f0-5375-8db6-f00bd006bbe0.html

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“Phony theology” and evangelical identity politics
Rick Santorum’s red meat weekend could make Mitt Romney’s Mormon problem even worse

February 20, 2012

Salon

The assumption is that Romney’s Mormonism plays a significant role in this. The bulk of southern evangelicals are Baptists and Pentecostals, who tend to be extra-resistant to the idea that the Mormon and Christian faiths are at all compatible and who may be extra-reluctant to vote for a candidate they consider so fundamentally different from them. As Robert Jeffress, the Texas Baptist leader who has called Mormonism “a theological cult,” put it a few months ago, “to those of us who are evangelicals, when all other things are equal, we prefer competent Christians to competent non-Christians who may be good, moral people like Mitt Romney.”

So with upcoming primaries in Georgia, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana, there’s a real opportunity for Rick Santorum to harness this Romney resistance and do some real damage. But because of his northern Catholic background, Santorum isn’t a natural fit for southern evangelicals either.

http://www.salon.com/2012/02/20/%E2%80%9Cphony_theology%E2%80%9D_and_evangelical_identity_politics/singleton/

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Some Mormons Less Cultic Than Others?

February 20, 2021

Right Side News

In one passage, Beck said that he thought the Trinity, the idea that the Godhead is composed of the three distinct personages of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, was laughable and that there was no such thing as Hell.

Which brings us to another point. It is interesting how Beck can ridicule the most profound belied and mystery of the greatest number of Christians in the world (that being those that grant assent to the ecumenical creeds such as the Nicene) but the entire Republican Party stands ready to burn at the stake a single pastor that dared enunciate as to why he would not be endorsing Mitt Romney for the nomination.

What the pastor said was technically correct. If Americans inclined themselves a bit more towards religious reflection, they would know that the word “cult” does not necessarily denote a sect that ultimately meets with a violent end as a result of authoritarian leadership as in the cases of Johnstown, Heaven’s Gate, and the Branch Davidians.

http://www.rightsidenews.com/2012022015657/life-and-science/culture-wars/some-mormons-less-cultic-than-others.html

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Former Kidnap Victim Elizabeth Smart Marries In Hawaii

February 19, 2012

Baltimore Sun (Maryland)

Smart, 24, and Matthew Gilmour, whom she met while she was serving a religious mission in Europe for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, tied the knot at a Mormon temple overlooking the Pacific on the North Shore of Oahu, her uncle, Tom Smart, said.

A spokesman for Elizabeth Smart, Chris Thomas, added in a statement that the couple were accompanied by a small group of immediate family, and he described them as “beaming” as they left the temple on their way to a reception and luau.

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/sns-rt-chicagotribune-wpix-elizabethsmart-wedding-story,0,6356351.story

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The Mormon Menace

February 19, 2012

Op Ed News

The reality is that if people looked more at Romney’s religion, they would see he is more Republican than Latter-day Saint. This is a sad truth about many of today’s members. For example, it is easy to say that he is against gay marriage because he is Mormon. This just isn’t true. He and other members of the faith are against it because they are Republicans. Look at Prop 8 in California. Members that supported same sex marriage were not cut off, excluded or kicked out. I support same sex marriage, and I still have my temple recommend. (Attending the temple is considered the highest form of worship for the observant members of the religion.)

This is because stopping homosexuals from marrying is an in-house rule. According to our Articles of Faith we have no right to stop other religions from allowing same sex marriages.

“We claim the privilege of worshiping Almighty God according to the dictates of our own conscience, and allow all men the same privilege, let them worship how, where, or what they may.” – Articles of Faith 1: 11

http://www.opednews.com/articles/The-Mormon-Menace-by-E-David-Ferriman-120216-2.html

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Forum discusses Mormonism and Mitt Romney

February 19, 2012

WANE (Indiana)

A forum was held Sunday to explain Mormonism and the Church of Christ of Latter-day Saints influence on Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. The forum speaker was Dr. Judd Case, Department Chair of Communication Studies at Manchester College, and a Mormon.

“Dealing with religious difference has been something that we’ve grappled with in the U.S. since the beginning,” Case said. “Sometimes we deal with religious difference well, other times we do not.”

Case spoke to roughly 75 people during his presentation at Trinity Episcopal Church in downtown Fort Wayne.

“The Romney candidacy was raising issues about the relationship between politics and religion,” Dr. Steven Crain, director of Young Adult Ministries at the church, said. “I thought that would fascinate people across the political spectrum here.”

http://www.wane.com/dpp/news/local/forum-discusses-mormonism-and-mitt-romney

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Mormon Tabernacle Choir rejoices — but reverently — on new CD

February 19, 2012

Salt Lake Tribune (Utah)

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir’s performances, accompanied by the Orchestra at Temple Square and conducted by Mack Wilberg, are polished, but more placid than the title would imply.

Emotional electricity is in surprisingly short supply; notable exceptions include the spine-tingling final bars of Rimsky-Korsakov’s patriotic title track and the soul-stirring “Ode to Joy” closer (a sliced-and-diced version of the finale from Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 — sung, much to the choir’s credit, in the original German). Tenor Stanford Olsen brings calm authority to three of the disc’s 14 tracks.

http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment/53482383-81/choir-tabernacle-title-mormon.html.csp

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Churches depend on tithing for financial survival

February 19, 2012

Press Democrat (California)

Pastor Bill Linton’s flock of 120 adults and children is tithing on a scale far below presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s highly publicized $4 million contribution to the Mormon Church in 2009 and 2010.

But they are, like Romney and millions of other Americans, giving a tithe — 10 percent of their income — to the religious faith of their choice.

http://www.pressdemocrat.com/article/20120219/ARTICLES/120219491/1033/news?Title=Churches-depend-on-tithing-for-financial-survival

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New Mexico dad’s adoption case shakes up Utah courts

February 19, 2012

KOB-TV (New Mexico)

Robert Manzanares says his pregnant girlfriend Carie Terry started changing after a Mormon bishop told he she wouldn’t reach the highest level of heaven unless she adopted her child to a Mormon family.

“I told her I disagreed – that I wouldn’t allow my child to be adopted. I said from that point on adoption is not in my vocabulary,” Manzanares told us.

Manzanares hired an attorney and began the legal battle against Terry to keep his daughter. But court documents show deceit was in the air – and Terry soon concocted a plan.

“Unbeknownst to me, she had written me an email – she was only eight months pregnant at the time – that she would be going out to see her ill father in Utah,” said Manzanares. But according to adoption records in Utah, that wasn’t true

They show that while there, Terry actually gave birth early and allowed her brother and his wife to adopt her child – all behind Manzanares’ back.

http://www.kob.com/article/stories/s2504010.shtml

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The Surprising Faith Of 8 American Presidents

February 19, 2012

Huffington Post

Americans have a hard time imagining a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, a Mormon, as President. Yet Mormonism is, perhaps, the most American of all religions, founded by an American citizen and based on a sacred text that tells the story of God’s work in the Americas. As many question Romney’s religious heritage, it would be enlightening to look at eight presidents whose religious lives have troubled and fascinated Americans, or whose faiths may surprise us even today.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/darrin-grinder/the-presidents-and-their-_b_1283210.html

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Spinoza shocks Amsterdam

February 19, 2012

Examiner

A few days ago, Nobel Laureate and Holocaust historian Elie Wiesel appeared on Lawrence O’Donnell’s TV program The Last Word to express his outrage at a practice of the Mormon Church. Apparently, according to Wiesel, the Church, in the belief that only Mormons can enter the Kingdom of Heaven, has been baptizing selected people in absentia, and without their permission, after they have died.

http://www.examiner.com/theater-in-los-angeles/spinoza-shocks-amsterdam-review

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Candidate Romney is ‘immensely qualified’

February 19, 2012

Hattiesburg American (Mississippi)

The criticism of Romney ranges from his being a Mormon to his being rich to his not being passionate enough to his flip-flopping. As to the Mormon issue, that is ridiculous. We are electing a president, not a pope. Besides, Republicans are for freedom of religion not from religion.

http://www.hattiesburgamerican.com/article/20120220/OPINION03/202200306

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