Thursday, February 23, 2012

Who Will You Really Be Voting For in This Primary Election?



pictured at left: Pope Benedict XVI   pictured at right: LDS President Thomas Monson

Now that you know where Newt, Ron, Mitt, and Rick stand on the issues, what about their religion?

Here it is:

Candidate
Religion
Newt Gingrich
Catholic
Ron Paul
Protestant
Mitt Romney
Mormon
Rick Santorum
Catholic

The Framers of the Constitution included a Natural Born Citizen clause (NBCC) in the Constitution.  The purpose of the post is not to suggest that any of the candidates are constitutionally ineligible and it is not to discuss its exact meaning.  The four major candidates for the GOP nomination are all unquestionably eligible according to letter of the Constitution.  But don’t forget what the purpose of the NBCC was.  It was to prevent someone from becoming President who has divided loyalties between America and some other country.  It was to prevent a Presidency that would show favoritism to another country. 

So what does this have to do with the religion of the candidates?  Catholics do have a loyalty to the Pope who is a foreign sovereign.  Catholicism is not just a religion.  Vatican City is an actual sovereign nation, and the Pope is the head of its government.  The Roman Empire never completely ceased to exist--the Vatican is the remnant of it.  We are not to look for a fifth empire after the four that Daniel spoke of.  We are to look for a resurgence of the fourth. 

There are also other concerns about Catholics. The Catholic Church can blackmail them with their dirty laundry that they have obtained from the confessionals.  The Pope himself has expressed a belief that worldwide governing structures need to be even more consolidated and strengthened, eroding what is left of national sovereignty.

As for Romney, he is a Mormon which is a cult.  The leadership (The Prophet and President) of the Church of Joseph Smith, Jr. of Latter Day Aints, though an American, has even more control of the actions of his flock, than the Pope has over the Catholics.  The Mormons believe that there are many gods and that they can become gods.  The Mormon Church teaches that abortion is acceptable in cases of rape, incest, and with the baby has some certain birth defects.  Don’t listen to Glenn Beck when he says that Romney is a reasonable alternative to Obama.  Beck is also a Mormon. 

Now, may the reader understand, I don’t actually think that Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum or Mitt Romney have an ounce of sincerity when comes to their religion.  (Their real religion is Socialism.)  But I say these things for the benefit of those who do. 

Ron Paul is not a perfect Christian.  No one but Christ is perfect.  But Ron Paul is a very charitable individual, has been married to his wife for over 50 years, and believes in Biblical principles of government such as personal responsibility, tolerance, Biblical monetary policy, and Christian Just War Theory.  His sincerity is unquestionable.  The church he attends is Bible-based and not overly authoritative like the Catholic Church or the Mormon Church.

In conclusion, Ron Paul is a “safe” candidate from the point of view that his religion would not interfere with the execution of his office and his strong grounding in certain Biblical principles is a definite plus.  The rest of the GOP candidates have a very undesirable conflict of interest.

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