WorldNetDaily has never been terribly fond of Mormons: WND columnist Mychal Massie once declared that Harry Reid was a racist because of his "inbred familial heritage" as a Mormon. Nor has WND particularly liked Mitt Romney; editor Joseph Farah declared that Romney is "the worst possible choice to succeed Obama" because he "is insulting to the intelligence of any real conservative."
Put the two hatreds together, and you getan Oct. 12 WND article by Joe Kovacs, which uses Romney to engage in anti-Mormon fearmongering:
"While he attempts to portray Mormonism as just another Christian religion, Mitt Romney counts on his skills to shift our attention away from what he truly believes," says Tricia Erickson, author of "Can Mitt Romney Serve Two Masters? The Mormon Church Versus the Office of the Presidency of the United States of America."
"If the American people knew what he truly believed, they would surely not place him in the highest office in the land."
Yet others, such as professor Richard Bushman, a Mormon and previous missionary himself who has taught at Harvard, Columbia and Brown Universities, are defending the faith. He calls Erickson "disillusioned" and someone who "instead of walking away felt an obligation to discredit [her] former faith."
Erickson says Romney believes:
- He will become a "god" in the afterlife and be given his own planet
- Satan is Jesus' 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.
"Mormonism teaches we pre-existed on God the Father's planet as spirit children before we were planted in our mother's wombs," Erickson told WND. "And the reason why we're here according to Mormonism, is so that we can work out our own progression to godhood and our own planets themselves."
The author, who herself was married in a Mormon temple at age 19 but now considers herself a non-denominational Christian, says there's a secret agenda Mormon officials don't like to talk about publicly.
"A complete takeover of the government," she said. "They have more people in the CIA, the FBI. They have an employment office for Mormons in D.C. to be able to infiltrate them into the government."
"They've 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," she continued.
It's funny that an online stalker wanting to keep his weapons is not extreme in the eyes of WND, but the idea of a Mormon president is. Strange priorities there.