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Are Americans Biased Against Mormon Presidential Candidates?

Alex 1 Wrote: Jun 23, 2012 10:36 PM
I am amused that some of you can spend all day long posting your dislike of Mormonism. Your life truly revolves around us. Some of your posts were accurate, but you do so much misrepresenting and obscuring facts, that to go through it all and sort it out would be a big fat waste of time. You aren't worth straightening out. You are willfully ignorant, and you probably deserve to remain so. Obscure quotes, and out of context citations do not make you a Mormon expert. You are more like a National Enquirer Pseudojournalist. You know how to shock and sensationalize with a bunch of disjointed citations, but you don't demonstrate an understanding that I can respect.
loisoo01 Wrote: Jun 23, 2012 10:41 PM
I've had a standing offer with Romney supporters to explain how the Mormon Law of Consecration squares with free market economics -- or merely explain how it has shaped Romney's views.

I posted this earlier and got nothing....
Marine's Dad Wrote: Jun 23, 2012 10:48 PM
DO NOT SIT THERE AND LIE AGAIN LOIS!!
Nasty Z, Kevin348, Anderson659, and Retired Geek ALL answered that question, for you. I read all of their answers.
loisoo01 Wrote: Jun 23, 2012 10:55 PM
those aren't answers, Angry Dad.
Marine's Dad Wrote: Jun 23, 2012 11:10 PM
So what you're saying is that while all 4 answers were near identical, and the truth, they weren't the answer you wanted, so you're rejecting them.

Sorry Lois, THERE'S ONLY ONE TRUTH. And you were given it, 4 times. The fact that it's not what you wanted to hear doesn't make it any less true.
Alex 1 Wrote: Jun 23, 2012 11:30 PM
loisoo01:

(Part 1)

Probably the best way to answer your question simply is to compare the Law of Consecration (actually United Order) with Communism. Why? Because Communism is recognized to be the most fundamentally inconsistent with Free Market Economics.

In communism, you never give anything, because nothing was ever yours to give in the first place. The force of government always can and does take it away. In the Law of Consecration, it is all private property, and there is no force of government that can force you to hand it over. Only you can consecrate your own property. Not only that, but you can’t consecrate another person’s property either.

Alex 1 Wrote: Jun 23, 2012 11:32 PM
loisoo01:

(Part 2)

It is impossible for the Law of Consecration and Communism to coexist, because the Law of Consecration presupposes that there is private property. Private property is undefined in communism.

Another point is that the Law of Consecration is a system of stewardship, voluntarily entered into. Communism is a system of redistribution, forcefully executed.
Alex 1 Wrote: Jun 23, 2012 11:33 PM
loisoo01:

(Part 3)

The Law of Consecration can work within a free market system, because it doesn’t control the economy. It easily works within it. It is a system of voluntary cooperation by which all are provided with a stewardship that they can improve upon and enjoy the fruits of their labors. Whatever you receive that is in excess of that which you need to improve your stewardship is consecrated to the Church again.

I have given you the short answer, which is all I have time for.

The answer seems to be yes, unfortunately, but the results are somewhat encouraging.

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Eighteen percent of Americans say they would not vote for a well-qualified presidential candidate who happens to be a Mormon, virtually the same as the 17% who held this attitude in 1967...

The exact percentage of Americans who resist the idea of voting for a Mormon has varied slightly over the eight times Gallup has asked the question, typically when a Mormon was running for president, including George Romney (1968 campaign), Orrin Hatch (2000 campaign), and Mitt Romney...