(Note: Once again, this diary is not an attack on all Mormons, the LDS movement or the Mormon religion. The attempt of this diary is to showcase once more, the reason Mitt Romney is a religious extremist).
Alternet has published a great article by Frank Schaeffer, which details the necessity of keeping Romney away from the White House. This reason has nothing to do with economics or Romney’s social views (although those reasons are just as valid in keeping him away from the White House), but with Romney’s religious extremism combined with his hawkish neoconservative views.
As I said before, every religion has its fair share of extremist and Mormonism is no exception. Just as there are Christian extremists, Muslim extremists, Jewish extremists (Kahane movement) and Hindu extremists (see the Hindutva Movement), there are Mormon extremists and Mitt Romney is a Mormon extremist. Let’s find out why.
The climax of the Alternet piece begins with the following paragraphs in my opinion:
Romney's world view is couched in a religion that makes stark raving evangelical-inspired Christian-Zionist aggression of the kind W Bush practiced when he took us to war look positively mild. If Romney is a good Mormon he believes that the United States is the New Jerusalem and/or Zion. If Romney is a good Mormon he also believes that anyone endorsing models of life outside of Mormon/American xenophobic boundaries is warned in the Book of Mormon in (2 Nephi 10:16) as follows:You can compare this with a similar trend in the Old Testament. The enemies of the Israelites are not just fighting another nation, but they are in direct confrontation with God and his people and this is what makes them the enemies of God and in turn they are to be dealt with harshly. It’s not pretty and you probably gloss it over in Sunday school, but God sanctions the genocide of His adversaries in the OT.
"And this land shall be a land of liberty unto the Gentiles, and there shall be no kings upon the land, who shall raise up unto the Gentiles. And I will fortify this land (the USA) against all other nations. And he that fighteth against Zion shall perish, saith God. For he that raiseth up a king against me shall perish..."
In other words from the Mormon "perspective" too bad for the country or person who embraces non-US models of government outside the United States. Too bad for those unaware of the "fact" that they are "fighting against God and His Zion" if they disagree with American policy. And since those not like us are fighting against God when they take on America then naturally they must be dealt with very harshly.
If we reconfigure this notion by substituting Israelites for America and the God of the OT for the Mormon God, it is not to far of a stretch to imagine a similar outcome which would occur as it has in the Bible.
Returning to the Alternet piece:
This underlying Mormon bellicosity towards the "other" perhaps explains why all Romney's criticisms of President Obama's foreign and military policy always --but always -- take the form of faulting the President for not being harsh enough, aggressive enough or suspicious enough of other nations.Furthermore,
If Romney is elected and sticks to his theology and the odd history of his people as shaped by their alienated "victimhood" and confrontation with the world, then welcome to a presidency that will make George W Bush's reckless wars look like a Sunday school picnic.
Belief in "American Exceptionalism" equals perpetual war. Belief in American "manifest destiny" equals willful naivety about the way the world works and our place in it. And Mormonism is nothing less than the religious idolatry of American exceptionalism and manifest destiny.So what exactly does Romney mean by a “strong America?” The answer is scary:
In No Apology: The Case for American Greatness, Romney writes: "I am one of those who believes America is destined to remain, as it has been since the birth of the republic, the brightest hope of the world."
Translation: Romney is yet another neoconservative shill for nationalistic adventurism but with a ramped-up Mormon twist. Romney's two books, No Apology and Believe in America, tell us that only a "strong America" can make the world safer and more prosperous.
It seems four trillion dollars wasted and twelve years of perpetual war isn't enough for Romney. He wanted us to stay in Iraq and wants us to extend our time in Afghanistan. Enter the war loving far right wing warmonger Dan Senor, one of Romney's closest advisers on foreign policy. He's also the poster child for American stupidity of the kind that needlessly got four thousand, four hundred, eighty eight Americans killed and more than 33,000 injured in Iraq.Religious extremism and a hawkish neoconservative stance is a perfect recipe for endless war abroad. The tragedy lies in the fact that the Romney family will not serve in those endless wars abroad, it would be our sons and daughters that will have to and…the worse thing of all, they may in fact return home in body bags.
Senor was the spokesman for the horribly failed American Coalition Provisional Authority at the beginning of the Iraq war under George W. Bush. And now he's a close adviser to Romney helping to shape his policy. Senor is an advocate of extremist neoconservative/Zionist thinking of the kind that got us into Iraq under false pretenses. And that's only the start of the Romney attempt to resurrect the uselessly bellicose Bush Doctrine of preemptive worldwide delusional aggression.
Romney keeps a large group of discredited far right foreign-policy advisers, eight of whom participated in the early neoconservative group Project for a New American Century, founded in 1997 and headed by William-never-met-a-war-I-don't-love-Kristol. These are the men who killed the Marines whose funerals I have attended as surely as if they laid the road side bombs on some dusty track in Iraq's deserts themselves.
The belief in American “exceptionalism,” is a dangerous belief. It is the same belief that committed perhaps the most successful genocide and ethnic-cleansing in world history. I am referring of course to the destruction of the Native Americans.
We will open a Pandora’s Box if we unleash this belief into the world via Romney once again.