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Did Mitt Romney Declare Mormonism to be an “Unfit” Religion?

Mitt Romney called on Roy Moore to step aside from the Alabama Senate race based on allegations of sexual impropriety that go back nearly 40 years.

He went on to tweet the following:

Mitt Romney is a faithful Mormon, a religion founded by Joseph Smith. Not only is the theology of Mormonism suspect and cultish, but it has some very big sexual abnormalities in its historical closet.

Unlike the unsubstantiated accusations against Roy Moore, the facts related to the founder of Mormonism are beyond dispute. Consider the following:

Joseph Smith married Fanny Agler when she was 16 and he was 28, Sarah Ann Whitney when she was 17 and he was 37, Flora Ann Woodwarth when she was 16 and he was 38, Lucy Walker when she was 17 and he was 38, Sarah Lawrence when she was 17 and he was 38 (busy month!), Sarah’s sister Maria Lawrence when she was 19 and he was 38, Helen Mar Kimball when she was 14 and he was 38, Nancy Mariah Winchester when she was 14 and he was 39.

Smith, Brigham Young, and other Mormons practiced polygamy. It took rulings by the Supreme Court to abolish the practice.

Mormon leaders have acknowledged . . . that the church’s founder and prophet, Joseph Smith, portrayed in church materials as a loyal partner to his loving spouse Emma, took as many as 40 wives, some already married and one only 14 years old. . . .  [F]or his first wife, Emma, polygamy was “an excruciating ordeal.” (New York Times)

The number of wives is said to be as high as 55, depending on how you count. Mormonism, according to the standard of Mitt Romney, is an “unfit” religion.

One more think about Mitt Romney and his claim “Innocent until proven guilty is for criminal convictions, not elections.” Harry Reid repeatedly claimed that Mitt Romney did not pay taxes. Given that “innocent until proven guilty is for criminal convictions, not elections,” I guess we all should have believed Reid.

One of the strangest incidents of the 2012 presidential campaign was when then-Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (also a Mormon) accused then-Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney of having not paid any taxes over the past decade. That Reid made that allegation from the floor of the Senate made it even odder.

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Yet Reid (D-Nev.) not only refuse[d] to retract the allegation but also . . . [took] take great pride in it. When pressed by CNN’s Dana Bash [in 2015] about continuing to defend a statement that is not true, Reid responded, “Romney didn’t win, did he?” (Washington Post)

Let’s not forget the Democrats have their “nothing to see here” moral problems that are fact-based:

We’re now learning that Congress has paid out millions of tax-payer dollars to women who have been sexually harassed by members of Congress.

Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) told MSNBC’s Chuck Todd on Meet the Press Daily on Tuesday that the U.S. House of Representatives has paid $15 million to alleged victims of sexual harassment by its own members in recent years. (Breitbart)

Hypocrisy knows no bounds in politics when money and power are on the line.

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