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Conspiracy theorists need theorize no more. In pages from a fiction novel brought to life, the strangest twists in popular folklore have been winding through our government corridors. In this case I wouldn’t blame you for being tempted to run it by Snopes.
Fabled as a secret society, Freemasons see themselves as an esoteric fraternity; an ancient brotherhood of initiates who are voted into membership for the purpose of sharing enlightenment through the use of exclusive teachings.
They are not a religious group and yet elevated status can be obtained through invitation to the various esteemed Rites and the legendary Knights Templar. That full proper title is The United Religious, Military and Masonic Orders of the Temple and of St. John of Jerusalem, Palestine, Rhodes and Malta.
It is argued they find their roots in an historical Christian militia, which once upon a time nearly bankrupted the Vatican. Despite an effort to distance themselves from politics and religion in modern times, Scandinavian branches to this day will only permit entry of fellow Christian worshipers. Women remain forbidden although there’s good news for slaves and the disabled — who may have overcome discrimination after a thousand years of human rights progression.
On the Grand Lodge of Canada website, they continue to affirm this illusive aura with statements like the following:
“Freemasonry is a fraternal association of men of good and high ideals but it is not a public association. “Private” is a more appropriate description than “secret” and as with many organizations, certain information is reserved for members only.”
So why then is an exclusive group collecting our children’s DNA, with support of police and the government across the USA and Canada?
You know them as MasoniChip, or perhaps you’ve been led to believe it was a state and provincial endeavor intended to protect your little ones. They set up fairs, forge partnerships with law enforcement and even strive to distribute their services through North American public school systems.
In Massachusetts this Freemason program was promoted by CBS News from the steps of the official State House and included their police dog, coincidentally named Mason. Reporters only failed to mention the private nod to those promoting him or that government had little to do with it.
What is MasoniChip you ask? It begins on the surface as a child identification project, in case your loved ones are ever to be horrendously abducted. Parents are familiar with at-home kits to record their kids’ vital information, for protection against the greatest of all fears to be inflicted on a family. Normally height, weight, hair and eye colour are recorded, along with a set of fingerprints and hopefully a current photograph. It’s just the good folks at your local Masonic Lodge saw fit to take things further.
With advances in technology, they began to offer digital fingerprints, digital imaging, digital video, dental impressions and DNA mouth swabs. This data processing is managed by their proprietary software that’s designed to be compatible with local and national law enforcement. This is after all, a campaign created by police in the brotherhood regardless of its private funding.
A great distinction is made to ensure governments are nothing more than their supporters. Freemasons assert ownership of this project as an integral part of their mission statement:
“We the Freemasons are the sole “sponsor” of the Masonic Safety Identification initiatives as developed in our various Masonic Grand Lodge Jurisdictions. As such we schedule the Events and coordinate the equipment, materials and volunteers necessary to conduct events. All groups and individuals are welcome to work alongside, but they are not referred as sponsors but listed and involved as “supporters”, “supporting partners”, “corporate partners”, “in collaboration with”, or “in cooperation with.”
They claim their services are superior to what a parent could accomplish at home, by recording the children’s data personally and providing their own “health care professionals” to collect their DNA samples.
These are either hired hands who answer to the Freemasons or members of the fraternity whose history and credentials are protected by the organization. There is no way to guarantee what happens behind closed doors and although they claim to delete sensitive information (the Canadian website states “No information is ever stored by the MasoniChIP program”), any computer savvy person knows that clicking an “x” isn’t permanent unless you format the entire system.
Parents are asked to trust an intriguing, private fraternity; to ensure that quality standards are met and family privacy is legally respected without any kind of oversight. Because Freemasons fund 100 per cent of the initiative, there is no opportunity to discuss issues regarding data ownership or how they feel about those technicalities in the privacy of their meetings.
Every Masonic Lodge may “jump on the bandwagon” and choose to run the program differently. None are managed at the national level by an exact set of principles. The only thing they share is an internet portal, where everyone claims to expunge the information that was painstakingly collected.
Let us then consider the function of a DNA sample. If a child goes missing will police swab every glass and rock they come across for a match to find the trail? In the video for Massachusetts they claimed it would help Mason pick up a scent, but in all reality the clothes a child was last wearing will provide stronger notes and this can’t be the intended purpose. DNA has nothing to do with scent and its only use can be harnessed once a child has been located.
With somber scrutiny and if further tragedy struck, authorities would match remains with parental samples for definitive confirmation. It is the parents’ DNA that could aid in matching the unnamed, but only accredited laboratories are permitted to conduct the process. Whether a parent or child, collecting DNA cannot occur at an open park event, run by stranger volunteers and become admissible to the national database. The FBI continually quotes the DNA Identification Act of 1994 in establishing these requirements to be included within CODIS.
It is with great sadness for grieving families that we must note the Freemason project is not supported by government DNA databases. Although the superficial identifiers are surely helpful and Freemasons contribute to charitable acts in their communities, the most controversial component of the MasoniChip undertaking is not recognized for the purpose they advertise and state to parents.
Furthermore, a simple hair sample from children is all that was needed and in the United States only five of these cases are permitted per month, per licenced agency. (Downloadable from the FBI here.)
In Canada the situation is even more colluded, as the federal government won’t consent to a missing persons DNA database whatsoever. They cite privacy law and cost concerns as a barrier to its establishment; so the 50,000 families that already participated have shared their biometric markers with Freemasons for apparently no good reason. It is therefore peculiar the Masonic Grand Lodge of Canada would make bold claims to be working with Canadian law enforcement agencies to gain the trust of parents.
All in all they’ve registered 1.5 million children to date. The push is on to document as many possible, as keenly demonstrated by the event schedule for Ontario. From community halls to grocery stores, fairground booths, libraries and even chartered banks, the private fraternity will be on hand to collect everything about your children whether it’s relevant or not.
When it comes to the little people we’d do anything to protect them, but perhaps their families might give sober second thought to what exactly they’re signing in a contract with Freemasons. This DNA collection program is planned to be extended to the disabled community and seniors, but who benefits when it’s inadmissible to a certified registry of any sort?
And why is the face of government through public schools or police through public events, being placed on an effort from private organizations to mislead parents? Sharing one’s fingerprints and biometrics is a serious decision. For public safety we must insist that brokers of such events become transparent and regulated.
Note from the author: The following is an 8 part series examining Republican Mitt Romney like you’ve never seen him before. His family founded the Mormon religion on the shores of America and he’s a royal figure in this specifically political church. While some have been misled it’s just another form of Christianity or that Mitt is merely a volunteer, may this serve as an eye opener and I highly recommend sitting firmly before reading. Latter Day Saints are a powerful business empire and professional lobby in pursuit of theocratic control. Written in their tenets is the goal of becoming President and it’s one they’ve long sought after, to rule the people in a literal “government of (their) God”. It’s a long read yes, but it’s the only way to look at all the issues that range from blatant racism to anti-Semitism and nuclear warheads championed by the Church that have implications in today’s conflict with Iran. Bank fraud, anti-trust lawsuits, gay rights and control of the food industry are a few more surprises you’ll find along the way. Please be patient as the facts unfold, but if you’re anxious to see where it’s heading – links to parts 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 can be found at the bottom. In the final entry you’ll see disturbing references to the Holocaust and I forewarn my Jewish friends with heartfelt caution… it will not be easy to absorb. Same with my Indian and African American friends as you’ll observe throughout the entire series. It’s fraught with white supremacy that I do not support or condone. If we don’t speak up about this hatred though, no one will ever know to stop it. Moreover you’ll see how these beliefs translate to Mitt’s policies and that includes the strategy to deny minorities the right to vote. If you thought Republicans had strong support for Israel then you need to read this more than anyone. Once these issues are addressed you’ll observe a pattern of socialism for CEOs. When Mr. Romney was speaking about the 47 percent it was coming straight from a Mormon playbook and his duty to represent their interests is a priority far above the country. I can only summarize so much in a prologue and I hope you’ll stick with it to learn the truth beyond excessive spin in the headlines. If you’re hesitant to believe, then wait till you see what really happened to PBS and other things we never could have imagined. ***Please accept these are rough notes for a greater project and there may be language errors.
We’re about to embark on a journey to discover the makings of Mitt Romney, unlike any opportunity presented to us before. This is a backstage pass to view the presidential hopeful; unscripted, unedited and intimate as the utterings one might only whisper to the family dog. To facilitate the explanation of a tremendously complex businessman, this process must be patient and broken into segments.
Some material you may have seen before but most has managed to thrive in obscurity and few have sought to connect the myriad of loose ends with Mitt’s unwavering “no comment”. You’ll have to trust it’s all relevant until the eureka moments have a chance to percolate and by the end, no one can say this is simply a critique of faith.
The legend of Mitt is steeped in polygamy, misogyny, racism, anti-Semitism, corporatocracy, government and war. It is no easy task to explain these things and I caution against making assumptions until the repercussions can make themselves fully known.
To begin we must accept the arduous task of illuminating Mitt’s religious royalty. While constitutional rights ensure freedom of religion that is not the issue, nor would I try to make it one. What’s at stake is a conflict of interest between corporate tables of a global nature, a caveat regarding theo-democracy and the public’s equal right to be separated between church and state.
Republicans will accuse, “Oppression! Discrimination!” but I assure you this is not. The term religious royalty is just a good publicist’s way of cleansing plenty the campaign couldn’t otherwise dilute. If the Pope, Muhammad or Jesus was running to be the President of America, it would surely present an ethical conundrum. Therefore when the equivalent of a Mormon faith attempts the same, we’re tasked with answering a slew of questions they would rather pay millions to suppress.
In a calculated act of deceit, the prodigy downplayed his place in the church as simple and kind-hearted volunteerism. Upon examining the Romney legacy as Prophets, Apostles and founders of this religion though, it becomes clear Mitt the King-God is ascending exactly as the family instructed.
It may not be common knowledge but both his maternal and paternal makers partnered as architects of the new religion. It was the first unique doctrine to be patented in America or the western hemisphere for that matter; throughout the 1830’s between New York, Ohio, Missouri, Illinois and finally Utah. It has no ancient roots and although any campaigner will tell you it’s Christian oriented, there is no religion like it and Christians who understand the tenets are some of the most vocal dissenters of Mormonism.
Recognized churches have denounced the practice as blasphemy and others teach it is a cult. That kind of in-depth knowledge is only shared by worshipers who attend Bible study and may explain why Republicans have been successful in equating Mormonism with Christianity. (Even if you’re not religious, the importance of this information will become apparent as the series transitions to business deals.)
With that said, Mormon creation begins with a fellow by the name of Joseph Smith Jr receiving a vision in the burnt out boroughs of New York at the age of seventeen. It was a time of religious excitement where revivals were commonplace and so was the practice of religious folk magic. In that regard Joseph earned extra income as a treasure hunter, by divining with seer stones he claimed to be sacred and powerful. The skill in using them comes from placing the stone in a top hat, sticking your face inside and waiting to receive the rock’s prophecy. Don’t forget this is the early days of pioneers and his whole family was employed by the same craft.
Among the fervor Smith claimed to receive a revelation from an angel named Moroni, to unearth a set of golden plates that had long been hidden near his home in Cumorah, NY. In September 1827 at the age of twenty-one, he reported to finally locate these relics along with a pair of holy seer stones that were needed to decode the inscriptions. In official Mormon collections, it is also said he employed a necromancer to aid in pinpointing the treasure’s location. (LDS Journal of Discourses by Brigham Young 1855, The Priesthood and Satan, pgs. 180-181, includes access to the church’s original scanned document). Necromancers are known today by those who play video games as the undead, those who talk to the dead and that hasn’t changed much since the time of Joseph Smith.
In any event these plates would become what is known as the Book of Mormon and young Joseph was directed as God’s newest Prophet to translate and deliver this substantially amended update to the more commonly accepted Bible. Although Latter Day Saints (LDS) still support his assertion the plates were written in Reformed Egyptian, there are no scholars in the world who will confirm the existence of what has become a Mormon concocted language. It was only known to Smith and is believed only by Mormon followers. According to the Bible it is also sacrilege to add new pages, but Mormons claim they’re the chosen few with divinity enough to change it. Right or wrong, here or there; this presents a sticking point in identifying oneself as Christian.
Despite popular resistance, Mr. Smith would continue translating the plates by harnessing magical stones left behind by the angels. As he would see the words they would immediately disappear, so no one could steal or share in the gift of prophecy. He kept the project secret and only business colleagues like the necromancer would provide testament to the plates’ existence. Nevertheless this work would be promoted as a sister to the Bible and depicted brave new examples like setting the real Garden of Eden in the heart of Jackson County, Missouri.
Signing on early was Mitt’s great-great grandfather Parley P. Pratt, as the founder and first editor of the faith’s official newspaper, Millennial Star. In this position he would devise marketing and communications to establish the new church in both England and America. Parley was quickly endowed as one of the first twelve Apostles and wrote many of the hymns still sung by congregations today.
Mitt’s great-great uncle Orson Pratt would also take the helm of communications. His most celebrated contributions came from editing the Book of Mormon and as a settler of the State of Utah. He created what became the modern day odometer, to measure wagon wheel revolutions upon mapping the Mormon Trail. His plotting was integral to avoid the army’s Oregon path, since this family of Mormon was attempting to flee the country.
The United States was only partially settled and mostly to the east. Both men on the Romney maternal side would play leading roles in the Vanguard Company, which was known to most as a Mormon militia intent on claiming new lands, so they could be left alone to rule their own theocracy. The only problem was they believed in violence to overthrow rules of the federal government and forced their beliefs on inhabitants whether they liked it or not.
First these Saints along with young Joseph Smith, settled in Kirtland, Ohio to colonize new towns for Mormon followers and their special beliefs. One of the greatest bones of contention with neighbours that drove the founding group from New York, was the doctrine of polygamy dearly held as a condition of reaching God-dom. Great-great grandpa Parley kept 12 wives and great-great uncle Orson kept 10 wives, as leaders within the church and affirmation of their Apostle duties. According to the University of Utah, it was Orson who promoted the practice so vigorously that he took to editing polygamy into sermons and the official covenant.
Amid the early hubbub, Mitt’s maternal ancestors visited England and converted great-great grandpa Miles Romney on the paternal side as well. Orson was the mission president, Parley fulfilled a similar calling and they found value in Romney’s devout skills as a carpenter. He was quickly absorbed into the hierarchy and brought to America with the other half of the family, where he would go on to build the first Mormon temples and a sacred residence for the church president.
What the founding family taught defies all logical explanation. Controversial highlights from Latter Day Saints include revelations that hinge on establishing America as a parallel Holy Land to that of Israel. Independence, Missouri is considered the new Jerusalem and if Bishop Mitt Romney was your teacher, you’d learn that Jesus is the brother of Satan (second entry, official LDS church) and the Archangel Michael is really Adam, the creator of all Christian humans. Adam and Eve were sent by Elohim from the planet Kolob to purposely eat the forbidden fruit, so they could transform into humans and give birth to men-Gods of which the Romney family occupies the upper echelon.
They believe Jews murdered Jesus rather than the Romans and not only that, but Jews are condemned to Lucifer’s minions if they don’t convert to Mormonism to repent for the greatest sin. (LDS Journal of Discourses by Brigham Young 1854, Spiritual Gifts & Hell, pgs. 142-143, includes access to church’s original scanned document.) Furthermore Jews are considered so vile, they’re believed to shed their sinfully marked colour to become “a white and delightsome people” if successfully rescued from Judaism.
Should they not accept Joseph Smith as the Prophet and fully absorb his American scripture, Mormons continue to preach that non converted Jews will receive the harshest punishment come the day of reckoning. At that time Saints in the Romney clan will build the new temple for Christ’s Second Coming, at the contested Temple Mount in Jerusalem while usurping it from both Jews and Muslims to become the righteous rulers.
Mitt’s founding Apostle/Uncle Orson elaborates more in a famous sermon that became part of the church’s official study guide to support the cornerstones of scripture. He prophesized Mormons will build that temple as the pure seed of God and inherit their desert Eden back from the evil rulers of Israel. This will complement the more bountiful Eden already bestowed to them in America, which they also address as their gift of milk and honey meted straight from the hand of Jesus. Essentially all the world will belong to Mormons as the only ones worthy of wielding God’s power. (Journal of Discourses by Uncle Orson Pratt 1877, pgs. 18-20, Revelation Gradual, Volume 19.)
I can safely say no other religion believes these things and my confusion was warranted when Netanyahu endorsed his modern day Mormon ruler for President of America.
In the second installment we’ll look at the founding of a truly theo-democratic state and why so many Mormons are compelled to seek this office, as ingrained by certified doctrine and the example set by Joseph Smith. The tenets of Mormon theocracy will be explored and how far the Romneys would go to protect their place will reveal itself throughout history.
In the meantime great strides were made in linguistics and this award winning documentary that debunks the translation of Mormon, took number one at a great many film festivals. Behold, the Lost Book of Abraham:
In the interest of time, we’ll skip the lengthy opener and refer to Part 1 (Religious Royalty) of the series. Warring for President continues examination of the Romney legacy and building the path to Mitt:
In the course of establishing Mormons as an American staple and tracking their migration to Ohio from New York, Joseph Smith founded the Kirtland Safety Society with the help of his associates including business Apostles like Grandpa Parley. It was a quasi bank for Mormons based on stock valuation, with the express intent of helping the brotherhood purchase all surrounding lands. Latter Day Saints were intent on birthing their own sovereignty and that could only begin with a territory to transform religious canon into law.
The mass purchase of property didn’t go over well with previous inhabitants, but the institution’s final demise came at the hands of insider fraud that resembles the current market collapse. The bank made continuous loans to push non-believers out of the area without having the capital to cover disbursements. This may even be where the term “ phony as a $3 bill” originated, as the bank printed exactly these worthless denominations and put all local Mormons in the poor house for holding them.
(Mormon $3 bill, Kirtland Safety Society/Bank)
Inner discord was not enough to plummet the church into shame. It wasn’t until fraud charges were announced that Smith and the Mormons would flee to avoid capture in the middle of the night, January 12, 1838. Along with the Romneys they would attempt to overtake Missouri and lay claim to the purported twin city of Zion, as the new headquarters and rightful place of Saints.
Again this wasn’t well received by Christians or presiding authorities of the new state. Heralding fantastic claims of celestial ownership, concentrating Mormons to elect their own and disapproval of polygamy were a few of the allegations against those of the colonizing faith.
At a midpoint of conflict the Lieutenant Governor attempted to mediate with Mormons and resettled them to what became Far West. In turn Joseph Smith would prophesize the new location to be Adam-ondi-Ahman; the same place Adam and Eve took refuge upon expulsion from the American Garden of Eden.
Unfortunately this effort became futile when Mormons defied the boundaries of their settlement and vigorously spilled into adjacent counties, laying claim to those as well. This swell was enabled by the defection from Ohio and spawned an Election Day skirmish that resulted in Mormons taking Judge Adam Black hostage at gunpoint to do their bidding. Under duress he was forced to sign an allegiance with Smith and once returned to safety, the state responded with criminal charges against the violent band of Latter Day Saints.
Instead of backing down, the Mormon militia torched and pillaged the homes of unfaithful Missourians, also while stealing their businesses for personal gain, committed in the name of the church. According to official entries from Major Joseph McGee,
“For over two weeks we could stand in our door… and see cabins burning. Scarcely one was left standing in the county unless occupied by Mormons.”
Members of the government felt Saints were trying to capture the entire state, as Mormon leaders were preaching to parishioners inciting violence to the bloody end. This resulted in the famous Extermination (eviction) Order commissioned by Governor Boggs, which was levied as a last resort to bring an end to the Missouri Mormon War.
As per terms of that agreement Mormons were found to owe for damage and allowed to leave in peace, if they forfeited their property to foot the bill in yet another ravaged state. There was initial rebellion against the government and only after the church executive put their settlers in harm’s way, did Joseph Smith and the twelve Apostles accept conditions to relocate their people. These circumstances included surrender of self and fellow leaders; on indictment of treason, murder, arson, burglary and larceny. All court documents can be viewed as archives, courtesy of the Secretary of State.
These judiciary pages cite Mitt’s great-great grandpa Parley as a main perpetrator in the town burning (11/12/1838 Witness Ezra Williams), in addition to being one of the few imprisoned for committing murder (3/6/1841 State of Missouri vs. Parley P. Pratt, Maurice Phelps and Lyman Gibbs). Official court record is one of few places to confirm the Romney family’s involvement, as most popular history pages have glossed over this Apostle.
But Parley did indeed play a great role as jailed leader and close partner of Joseph Smith. He was the Prophet to teach all Prophets at the School of Prophets in Missouri, where lesser Apostles were sent for counsel to grasp the doctrine he helped create. During the incarceration, they were also broken out of captivity together and fled to Nauvoo, Illinois. It is here a subsequent Mormon town was colonized and great-great grandpa Miles Romney was graciously waiting to build the next temple.
In just a few short years after the mayhem in Missouri, the Mormons were living semi peacefully in Illinois. It is claimed they sought retribution against Governor Boggs from afar and there was an attempt on his life resulting in 3 gunshot wounds to the head.
But in the shelter of their newest settlement, the Prophets took warring lessons from the past and put them to good use. They immediately sought a city charter that enshrined the right to a bonafide militia, ironically named the Nauvoo Legion – since Nauvoo means “to be beautiful” in Hebrew.
Such entitlements afforded Saints their own municipal court, police and university, from which they would construct the ultimate goal of theocracy as directed by the Book. They also made headway by assuming prominent positions within the Freemasons, to bolster community allies in their mission.
However, when harsh feelings from non-Mormons arose about that pesky issue of polygamy, Joseph Smith headed every level of the law and there was no recourse for outsiders. They had effectively taken control of a city from all possible positions. Smith was the mayor, judge, church president and commander of the militia.
Amongst the dissatisfaction Illinoisans took to founding their own newspaper the Nauvoo Expositor, but it only lasted one printing and was deemed a public nuisance by the church. Smith accordingly ordered it to be destroyed and the presses were smashed along with burning everything in sight. The only free speech in a theocratic domain would belong to Joseph Smith and the Apostles, with capable Romney editors to filter the news. This act was considered outrageous and the dissenters of heretical prophecy brought their complaints to law enforcement, but Smith was empowered as the sheriff and judge so the charges were dismissed. In fact any complaints against Mormons in the town of Nauvoo were dismissed.
At the same time the almighty Quorum of Twelve Apostles congregated to create the Council of Fifty, whose task was campaigning on the Prophet’s behalf to become the President of America. The local order they currently enjoyed was only the beginning of the true Mormon mission; to establish the government of God that was ready to rule the world upon His Second Coming. The long name of this council is The Kingdom of God and His Laws with the Keys and Power thereof, and Judgment in the Hands of His Servant (pdf study file) – but it was shortened to “The Fifty” by the number of prophets who would be given these keys to ensure a Mormon God was controlling the US government. They would only toil to get their Prophets elected and have continued these pursuits with Mitt Romney, his father George Romney and all Mormon politicians running for Governor or President before them. This is a pillar in the Latter Day Saint’s Doctrine and Covenants.
Feeling oppressed themselves, Christians approached the Illinois legislature that was compelled to incarcerate Joseph and his marauders, due to contravening matters of free speech and persecuting others with unabashed personal use of Mormon police. They were accused of employing arbitrary violence in an effort to silence their critics, apprehended by the state and placed in Carthage Jail to await trial.
Still afraid of his connections and flagrant abuse of theo-democracy through other church members, there was a backlash from non-Mormons all around. Anti Latter Day Saints finally had enough and believed there was little chance of convicting Smith or his entourage. A band of community vigilantes then decided to take assassination into their own hands. Joseph Smith died on June 27, 1844, to be worshiped forevermore as the martyr of Mormon, after that mob laid siege to his jail cell.
Apostle Brigham Young stepped in to fill the leadership; with Parley, Orson and Miles at his immediate side. Although the Book of Mormon was created by Smith’s revelation, it is Young who would become the greatest father of the clan. He set out to preach polygamy and theo-democracy even more so than his predecessor. Brigham and (fellow Apostle) Uncle Orson christened these theories into doctrine and had it reported through the church newspaper the very next day.
This created a split of sorts and Mormons who were shy about plural marriage ended up going their separate way. Politically there was still much discord and the Saints holding strong in Nauvoo were eventually stripped of their city charter by the state legislature. That action gave rise to the third confrontation known as the Illinois Mormon War and despite the dressing down, they continued to run a covert arm of religious police and government. Eventually they had to come to terms that without the legal backing, their rebellion was fairly futile.
Instead of repeating quite the mayhem that took place in Missouri, Brigham Young and company negotiated their departure and set out to build the Mormon Trail all the way to Utah, where no faithless federal government could condemn their way of rule. This is where Uncle Orson would demonstrate his own leadership by carving that path and claiming Salt Lake City in the name of Latter Day Saints (see Mathematician and Scientist).
On the paternal plane, Mitt’s great-grandpa Miles Park Romney was born in Nauvoo of polygamous parentage and he followed in his father’s footsteps. A church editor, chief of theocratic police, builder of Mormon religious temples and a studious attorney; he attempted to challenge congressional anti polygamy laws on behalf of his prophetic underlings as a young man in Utah.
Maternally, Mitt’s other great-grandpa Helaman Pratt was born somewhere on the trek between Nauvoo and Salt Lake in the winter crossing the plains of Iowa. At the age of twenty-three he would depart for Nevada and settle the Mormon religion there, in addition to performing the first baptisms in Mexico as that president as well. Miles Park Romney went with him, since both were interested in protecting their right to plural wives while the federal government of America was clamping down. They continued to chart new lands and bring the doctrine with them as leaders of the church.
Mitt Romney commands an identical post, as stake president of the Boston area. He doesn’t possess polygamous wives, but in part three of the series we’ll examine why. We’ll also take a look at the true accomplishment of the first theocratic state government, upon Mormons capturing Utah from the Indians. There’s only one more war to go before we arrive at the immediate family and the exact nature of Mitt’s inheritance.
Theocracy, or as Mormons call it theo-democracy; is a system of government controlled by Apostles according to their God’s law. It is the way Saints believe the earth must be run to achieve their fate as inheritors of the planet and managers of Jesus’ power. Addressing the staples of Mitt’s religion was less about faith than it was to demonstrate the goal s of a political prophet. On our journey to understand his calling, we are now stopping in the state of Utah.
The western frontier was mostly their own, as pioneers forged the Mormon Trail to the great valley. Utah was deemed the new Jerusalem and new platform from which a theocratic government could thrive without the interference of Washington. Brigham Young was the equally new president of Latter Day Saints (LDS) and he picked the next Heaven on earth, while Mitt’s family were the ones to proclaim it Zion on behalf of their kin to follow.
Great-great grandpa Parley, along with Uncle Orson, was first on the scene and considered to be one of the most influential Apostles in the building of an empire. Among his sermons that founded the doctrine, he also created a language (beyond Reformed Egyptian) that was secretive within the Saints. The Deseret Alphabet was rebellion against the Latin based English language and relied more on phonetic symbols, known only to the creator and those he taught. Although books were translated in the new form it became too cost prohibitive to transition the whole community and the tongue of Deseret was then used as the code of personal missives. Curiously this language was important enough to mark the gold Utah currency from the Latter Day Saints mint.
(Wikimedia Commons, from LDS Mint)
(Wikimedia Commons, from University of Deseret)
In the beginning the iconic Mr. Young petitioned the federal government to create the state of Deseret. The eager proposition included most of the west (including parts of what is now California, Wyoming, Nebraska, Nevada, Idaho, New Mexico and Utah), to be regulated by Saints according to the Book of Mormon. They used the Constitution to justify theocratic rule and that argument was reasonably successful, except with the Civil War approaching the ambitious land grab was reduced from Deseret to the Territory of Utah (see Compromise of 1850).
The Mormon clan formed their own legislature, ensuring only Prophets and Apostles held these bureaucratic positions. This included Mitt’s predecessors as the first senators and constitution drafting members of the legislative assembly. The government of Utah was dedicated to men-Gods and the full senate was re-baptized to confirm the purity of their hierarchy as the main condition to being sworn in (see Dec 30, 1856). They sought to build a wall around their fortress, to keep the goodness in or the evil out and as a result the religion-ruled state was finally realized.
The courts were ecclesiastical in nature and Brigham Young exercised tighter control over the lives of inhabitants than any other state as the first governor. The United Order of Enoch was established, stipulating residents would owe all their profits from commerce and trading directly to the church for the benefit of the Mormon community. The Welfare Plan was such that non Apostles could work on the farms and be fed for their contribution to the literal commune, as a means of giving the poor some purpose within their ranks. Despite many troubles gaining adoption, the most successful areas were under command of the Romneys/Pratts and this feat remains a condition to achieving world ownership according to the official Mormon Doctrine and Covenants.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints describes early Utah in these terms (see Provisional State of Deseret),
“There was no separation of church and state because the Latter Day Saints considered all affairs of the kingdom of God to be one, whether spiritual, economic or political.”
Upon the grand opening of the first Utah tabernacle (architect Miles Romney), Brigham Young delivered an impassioned sermon to command support for their theocratic version of government. He goes on to warn that any person of riches who hoards them from the church, will be condemned to an eternity of suffering and ousted from the kingdom. (Journal of Discourses by Brigham Young, Weakness and Impotence of Men, pgs. 201-203, April 1852, with access to scan of original church document.)
Current lessons for Mormons include explanation of their gospel as the only way to exaltation, noting all earthly religions before them fell short of becoming God’s rulers and are therefore part of the Apostasy. Humans were only returned to the divinity through the prophecy of Joseph Smith and the Twelve Apostles,
“The Lord began to prepare those social, educational, religious, economic and government conditions under which he could more easily restore the gospel for the last time.”
This quote is taken from Mormon Doctrine, Second Edition 1966, as presently instructed by LDS leaders. The book was revised by Mitt’s cousin and former Mormon president Marion Romney, from its original “tone” that was deemed too blunt for the masses. Although it remains a cornerstone for Bishops to teach, the church ceased printing any more copies should they fall into critical hands. When Mitt was confronted about this in April 2012, according to the Washington Post the discussion was off limits. The presidential nominee would only address his faith as opposed to the workings of it.
According to the Divine Constitution (that Mormon’s feel was angelic inspiration for the American one),
“We’re now digesting a plan which in its operation would decide forever the fate of Republican Government…. It is our duty to concentrate all our influence to make popular that which is sound and good, and unpopular that which is unsound. Tis right politically, for a man who has influence to use it. From henceforth I will maintain all the influence I can get.”
More adeptly preached by Grandpa Parley in the church’s Journal of Discourses (see pg 10),
“The Jews once held the Gospel, with its Apostleship, powers, and blessings offered unto them, but they rejected it as a people and for this reason it was taken from them…. These blessings would have continued on earth and would have been enjoyed in all the ages and nations of man, but for the agency of the people. They chose their own forms of government, laws, institutions, religions, rulers and priests, instead of yielding to the influence and guidance of the chosen vessels of the Lord, who were appointed to instruct and govern them.”
They created their own money to govern themselves and since the land was essentially free, it was divvied up amongst the Saints who then donated the deeds to the church. Much of this prosperity was used to benefit the Romney family as executives of LDS and so appeared Prattville, the Pratt Ward(entire region) and numerous historical sites maintained in the Romney honour.
Grandpa Parley became a top judge who wrote many of Utah’s early laws, Uncle Orson was the stake president and polygamously-related Uncle Mathoni was named the presiding bishop. Because the family was so heavily impacted by considerable plural marriages it is difficult to outline every one of Mitt’s makers, but they all enjoyed esteemed positions within the administration of Mormonism. The founding capacity of Apostle grandparents on both sides of the tree has spawned an American made patriarchy in which every Romney may aspire for the crown. (See Romney family tree.)
Upon rebirth of the ‘ancient gospel’ to Mormons there was also recreation of the Melchizedek Priesthood. Only those special enough and called to the highest order can achieve this oneness with God and bestowal of His powers as a Prophet. Mitt is a Melchizedek Priest (see The Washington Temple). His dad was a Melchizedek Priest, as were all Romneys of Apostle heritage since the beginning of Mormon in 1830.
Grandpa Parley explains (Journal of Discourses by Parley P. Pratt, Reminiscences and Testimony of Parley Pratt, pgs 194-201, Sept 1856, with access to scan of original church document),
“I learned something of the rights of the Church…. the restoration of the Priesthood and many important truths….The man that believes in Mormonism, believes in…. the keys of the Priesthood and Apostleship, and through those keys the people are to be built up, preserved, sanctified and prepared for the coming of the Lord. These keys came from Joseph Smith who received them from…. the risen Jesus, the Redeemer of men. If we harken unto these keys we shall be saved and inherit the celestial glory and exaltation….”
Only iconic men can be Apostles and the church produces a lesson guide to teach women about the respect they must show them. Although they’re permitted to receive blessings, only males can hold these limited keys to the Kingdom of Heaven. This birthright is so protective that Prophet and father George Romney shared his testament on record while paving the way for Mitt.
As a sidebar, Cousin Marion Romney was born in Chihuahua, Mexico along with George W. Romney. Mitt’s father was a Mormon bishop, stake president and high priest who became the Republican governor of Michigan. Immediate Grandpa Gaskell Romney ran for county commissioner as a Republican and Cousin Henry B. Eyring spoke of him as the church patriarch who gifted his official blessing. This was before Henry’s exaltation as an Apostle to the Quorum of Twelve in 1995. Mitt’s polygamous but immediate other grandfather is Rey Pratt, who served as president of bringing Mormonism to Mexico. Cousin Vernon B. Romney completed missions for the Saints and sat as attorney and chair for the Utah Republican party before making his own run for governor.
Great uncle George S. Romney also completed missions and was rewarded with the presidency of Brigham Young University in Idaho. He added his name to a Supreme Court lawsuit brought by Mormons against the United States government, to recoup property in Utah that was confiscated due to transgressions by the church against federal law. He was not successful but challenged the court to the very end. Cousin Spencer W. Kimball then received exaltation to the Quorum of Twelve to make it a family affair. He then inherited the all-powerful presidency and instituted the Indian Placement Program; where indigenous children were taken from their homes to be assimilated into white culture and educated by the Mormon Church.
Marion on the other hand, went from working at the Salt Lake post office to becoming the city prosecutor, before winning a spot in the state legislature as a Democrat. However, this resulted in being called to the Quorum of Apostles so he’d resign his post under a non-Republican banner. He was tasked with chairing the Home Teaching committee which regrettably led to lawsuits that persist to this day, regarding complications with oversight and the abuse of youngsters while in an Elder’s care. The Mormon religion purports to be a Republican institution, but aside of this all Romney men have stood as general authorities of this highly political religion. Church president Marion Romney also descended from an original Apostle through polygamy, but Mitt’s particular lineage is worshiped as the most esteemed of any.
Had a rough go with polygamy not hampered his ambitions, Grandpa Parley might have succeeded Brigham Young as president of the faithful. But non-Mormons of the founding day were staunchly against the ministry of plural wives and God-dom, giving rise to tipping points that precipitated the Utah War.
The way grandpa contributed is through a mission he took to Arkansas to preach the gospel and convert those who’d never heard it. While there he celestially married another wife, Eleanor McLean, but she was already legally married to Hector and they had a few children. Grandpa Parley absconded with the lady and her little ones, although he claims to have saved them from a life of oppression without the Book of Mormon.
Needless to say Hector was angry and when stifled by the law he took matters into his own hands. Parley Pratt was murdered May 13, 1857 and his remains never made it back to Utah. What did return was word of the Apostle’s demise and this reignited the violent side of every ecclesiastic general in the Utah Mormon army, including President and Governor Brigham Young.
A plan was hatched to exact revenge but the Saints didn’t want their name on it. News arrived that a caravan was migrating from Arkansas and Mormons set out to deceive the Indians about it. They felt the people of Arkansas were responsible for not protecting the Prophet and wanted to see these 120 men, women and children sacrificed to atone for their error.
In his last confession, a fellow by the name of John D. Lee explains he was sent to spin the tale, that an emigrant group was on their way and Mormons had word they planned to viciously kill the Indians. The only option was to destroy the group and convincing them took a great deal of prodding. The orders had come from Brigham Young and the Apostles though, so Brother Lee wasn’t in a position to let them down.
After desperate negotiation he managed to sell the idea and Indians, against their better judgement, set out to snuff the allegedly threatening clan on their way from Arkansas. To their surprise the travelers were formidable and managed to fight them off, with the tribes returning to Lee in horror asking for the same help in return.
According to Plan B the Mormon army accepted responsibility to commit the act. It was a terrible ambush on September 11, when Saints befriended pioneers to gain their trust and swooped in to murder everyone when their guard was down. It was dubbed the Mountain Meadows Massacre and to this day it remains one of the darkest moments in establishing Mormonism.
In the meantime Brigham Young declared martial law in the Territory of Utah. The federal government passed anti-polygamy laws and decided to crack down on the theo-democratic violence as well. Eventually this led to the 1890 Manifesto in which Mormons would give up plural marriage and senate, in exchange for clemency (related to polygamy) and having Utah inducted into statehood with access to federal funding.
The only last bit of business was persecution for the massive slaughter at Mountain Meadows. Despite John D. Lee being unable to kill 120 alone, Brigham Young and the Elders testified against him to protect themselves and higher ranking Prophets. It’s a sad story no matter the perspective and upon his execution, Mr. Lee made rather poignant comments regarding the treachery of these Apostles.
Up next is the special Mormon doctrine focused on Blacks, Jews, Indians & Christians; followed by Good Ole Dad and how these theories make their way into real legislative and moral actions committed by Mitt Romney and his prophetic family.
Minorities have certainly seen their share of discrimination and Mormons may be the only group who’ve bothered to canonize such indifference. The years 1978, 2000 and 2009 will come to be pivotal, but first we must describe the scripture and beliefs that led to the indoctrination of fear. Remembering Joseph Smith, Brigham Young and the Romney Apostles were selected by angels, the following is essentially their description of how we should treat our fellow man according to The Book and skin colour. This is not my view and with concern, I only report to be the messenger.
This challenging conversation begins with identifying the word Lamanite, since it’s a Saintly term uniting two of the three and accounts for Native Indians as well as Mormons being the blood descendants of Israel. As with most LDS (Latter Day Saint) creations previously explained, this is another example of a word and train of thought that can’t be found beyond the Book of Mormon. (Atheists will need to bear a little longer as we sort through the logistics of doctrine, as they will illuminate Mitt Romney’s policies upon conclusion of the series. This is required reading and the last stretch of background before getting to the heart of current politics.)
The church believes Indian tribes from around the world are Lamanites and constitute part of the original Israelis scattered from the Kingdom of God. They’re fabled to escape Babylon and the destruction of Nebuchadnezzar in Jerusalem, as the unknown prophets that got away and weren’t revealed until 1830 by Mormon. Instead of following the traditional Torah or Bible this new people is said to hop on boats and settle America – where the real holy land is located and Jesus is reported to have risen. Coincidentally, Nebuchadnezzar relates to what Mormons are taught about Bible Christians and perhaps Mitt has been disingenuous when claiming to be Christian on the campaign trail (Journal of Discourses, Volume 5, pgs. 73-75).
Before we get any further it is important to explain the Book of Mormon; that it’s not a simple chapter written by a single prophet. The Book is a collection of chapters that mimic the Holy Bible; through some amount of copying and complete additions of an entirely new story. Whereas the Bible contains the Old and New Testaments; Mormon scripture contains only select lines and mixes them with new material, while failing to provide credit or explanation for where the two doctrines diverge.
A prime example is the Book of Nephi from Mormon literature, versus the Book of Isaiah from the Christian Bible. In Nephi the Saints plagiarize lines from Isaiah in the first and second half, but they add their own take from Mormon prophets unknown to Christianity to fill the middle. It is amongst these additions that we find the most trouble, especially about Blacks, Jews and Indians. LDS calls these new Apostles preachers of the restored gospel and argues Christians and Jews will be judged for their failure to accept the newest version of the truth.
Many a writer has attempted critique of the Book of Mormon, as did Mark Twain (of Huckleberry Finn fame) at the time of its inception. In his best-selling novel Roughing It, the prolific wordsmith reports on his visit with the Saints of Salt Lake valley, while passing through to the California gold rush. He also stumbled upon the plagiarism and described the scripture as chloroform, also known as a sweet tasting poison. In defence of this criticism Brigham Young University continues to refute the assessment with some unkind words of their own and as an arm of the Church directly.
Mormons believe not only that Jesus, Adam and company were man-Gods, but that new Apostles can be born every day and they harken to the Mormon faith. Therefore they created the Doctrine and Covenants, as well as the Pearl of Great Price and the Journal of Discourses, to serve as companion guides with the Book of Mormon written by present day prophets like Mitt Romney and his ancestors (Abraham 1). A Mormon Apostle has a calling to receive new revelations which are just as important as Moses or Abraham in the days of yore. Only those of the Melchizedek Priesthood are endowed with this ability, but as previously noted the presidential hopeful is indeed one of them and subject to revelations that could change the course of faith at any time (Journal of Discourses, Volume 7, pg. 289).
Strung throughout the core literature we find messages that are less than inspiring. Mormons believe they are the covenant people who are righteously able to wield the power of God, especially in judgment of Jews who do not convert to the Mormon version of Christianity.
“Wherefore he that fighteth against Zion, both Jew and Gentile, both bond and free, both male and female, shall perish; for they are they who are the whore of all the earth; for they who are not for me are against me, saith our God.” (2 Nephi 10:16)
Let us be clear that Mormons are the only remaining, entitled seed of Israel and the covenant made with Jewish descendants was overridden by a new covenant forged with modern day Apostles in America. The Jews were deemed a wicked abomination (Nephi 1: 19-20), for which vengeance must be sought (Mormon 8: 32-41), because they refuse to accept Jesus Christ as God and therefore their church is of the devil (1 Nephi 14). The Saints are further seeking justice against Jews for committing Jesus’ crucifixion (2 Nephi 10: 3) – however misplaced.
If anyone fails to heed Joseph Smith and his Quorum of Twelve Apostles they’ll be cut from society (Doctrine & Covenants 1: 14-18). As the true heirs to Israel, they brought the Book of Mormon across the seas to America as a “white, exceedingly fair and beautiful” people (1 Nephi 13: 15). They also slur at other churches for excluding their testimony by calling them harlots (1 Nephi 13). More spectacular is their claim the Mormon Twelve will constitute the panel that sits in judgment of the twelve tribes of Israel (3 Nephi 27: 27) or they became a “dark and loathsome, filthy people” as punishment for disbelieving (1 Nephi 12: 9-10 & 23). Native Indian-Lamanites could become white and delightsome if only they bond through marriage to Mormon Elders, but I’m not sure the same deal is being offered to Orthodox Jews.
Brigham Young once asked his followers if you can make a Christian of a Jew. Although the answer was no, it was decided if a Jew renounced all they knew to become a Saint, that the evil blood of Judah would be purged from their veins (Journal of Discourses, Volume 2, page 142). Therefore, in a heartfelt plea unto their brothers of Israel, the Mormons provided one last chance to repent (Book of Mormon, Chapter 7),
“Know that ye are the house of Israel. Know that ye must come unto repentance, or ye cannot be saved. Know that ye must lay down your weapons of war and delight no more in the shedding of blood…. Know that ye…. must…. repent of all your sins and iniquities and believe in Jesus Christ, that he is the Son of God and that he was slain by the Jews…. Therefore repent and be baptized in the name of Jesus…. And ye will also know that ye are a remnant of the seed of Jacob; therefore ye are numbered among the people of the covenant; and if…. ye believe in Christ and are baptized first with water, then with fire and with the Holy Ghost, following the example of our Savoir…. it shall be well with you in the day of judgment. Amen.”
This statement applies to both Jews and Indians, who do not subscribe to the practice of baptism or Jesus Christ as the one almighty Savior. These apparent blasphemers were marked with a curse according to the Book of Alma 3: 6-11, although there are countless Mormon scriptures to solidify this division and reasons for the shades of sin,
“The skins of the Lamanites were dark, according to the mark which was set upon their fathers, which was a curse upon them because of their transgression and their rebellion against their brethren…. who were just and holy men. The Lord God set a mark upon them…. And this was done that their seed might be distinguished from the seed of their brethren, that the Lord might preserve his people, that they might not mix and believe in incorrect traditions which would prove their destruction. And it came to pass that whosoever did mix his seed with that of the Lamanites did bring the same curse upon his (children).”
Pertaining to Native Indians in North America, it was Mitt’s cousin Spencer Kimball who began the Indian Placement Program as president of the church. The idea was to assimilate them into Mormon, white culture; while providing education and baptism into LDS. As with any foster parenting there were good stories and bad, causing backlash that resulted in government study during 1977. Many natives accused the service of destroying indigenous culture and eventually it was disbanded in the year 2000, however unofficially. A non-profit group named Worlds of Difference sought to explore these challenges in protecting one’s heritage and produced a documentary examining the pros and cons of this program. In it they state,
“A handful of former students told me they had been physically or sexually abused in their foster homes, but were still grateful to have found the Gospel. A great number spoke of abuse in their natural families and of mothers who used Placement to protect them.”
Those who blended successfully may have become part of the singing group at Brigham Young University:
Another contentious part of Mormon culture has raised important questions for Blacks. From plentiful scriptures we can ascertain they were cursed with blackness for smiting the white God of Nephi (2 Nephi 5: 21-23). In 1954, Apostle Mark Peterson gave an especially troublesome address to the Mormon teacher’s conference about the Negro Question. It was after the US Army desegregated and a Supreme Court decision promoted integration amongst schools that he offered this,
“I have read enough to give you an idea what the Negro is after. He is not just seeking the opportunity of sitting down in a café where white people sit…. It appears the Negro seeks absorption with the white race. He will not be satisfied until he achieves it by intermarriage. This is his objective and we must face it. We must (not) feel sorry for Negroes that we will open our arms and embrace them with everything we have…. This Negro…. which justified the Lord in sending him to earth…. with a black skin – if (he) is willing when he hears the Gospel to accept it…. and is truly converted…. he can enter the Kingdom. He will go there as a servant….”
This belief is stirred by a number of Mormon prophets. They assert the people of Canaan were cursed with heat, a barren land and marked with blackness on all their children to be despised throughout the land. Because they were black they could claim no place amongst the Saints either, except in continued servitude (Moses 7: 8, 9 & 22).
As governor, Brigham Young delivered a speech in the legislature on February 5, 1852. Entitled Slavery, Blacks and the Priesthood; he proceeded to inform the government about the origin of African blackness. He emphatically professes it to be the curse of Cain, from whence Cain slayed his brother Abel in the first murder committed by humans. Departing from Christianity however, the theocratic governor thought anyone who produced mixed children should be murdered as a favour,
“Were the children of God to mingle their seed with the seed of Cain it would not only bring the curse…. upon themselves, but they entail it upon their children after them and they cannot get rid of it. If a man in an unguarded moment should commit such a transgression, if he would walk up and say cut off my head – and kill man, woman and child, it would do a great deal toward atoning for the sin. Would this be to curse them? No it would be a blessing to them – it would do them good that they might be saved with their Bren. A man would shudder should they hear us talk about killing folk, but it is one of the greatest blessings to some to kill them, although the true principles of it are not understood.”
Men did hear it though from this address in sitting government. Grandpa Parley and Uncle Orson held elected posts, as they continued debating the US Constitution on this matter. By their interpretation, it had no right to undermine the Territory of Utah and Blacks should never be afforded the right to assume office.
In continued persecution, their perceived lack of intelligence was documented in the Journal of Discourses, Volume 7, pg. 290,
“You see some classes of the human family that are black, uncouth, uncomely, disagreeable and low in their habits, wild and seemingly deprived of nearly all the blessings of intelligence that is normally bestowed upon mankind…. Cain slew his brother…. and the Lord put a mark upon him, which is the flat nose and black skin. Trace mankind…. and then another curse is pronounced upon the same race – that they should be the “servant of servants” and they will be until the curse is removed; and the abolitionists cannot help it, nor in the least alter that decree.”
It goes on to say the curse can only be lifted after all the fair people have reached the priesthood. Only then, at the very end, can Blacks be relieved of the smiting put upon them. It is clear white skin accounts for holiness to Mormons because they also compare the shades of coloured races against one another, to suggest they each remember their own filthiness when seeking a hierarchy amongst the dejected (Jacob 3: 8, 9). The term white and delightsome has been repeated many times, in many speeches and Books (Journal of Discourses, Volume 7, pg. 336).
A more detailed account of Indian skin colour becoming whiter due to Mormonism, Jews having their blood changed to achieve Mormon repentance, the curse of Cain and the selling of Black slaves between LDS Saints, police surveillance of dissidents, a shooting, legislative denial of civil rights, oppression of Martin Luther King and a Supreme Court case preventing Blacks from becoming Boy Scout leaders can be found in a thorough investigation here (162 pages of predominantly Black history with the Church of Mormon, including historical documents from the beginning until 2004).
Whereas discrimination against others can be summarized in paragraphs; it is impossible to quote the real actions taken against Blacks in this type of overview. There’s an extensive history behind the doctrine taught to Prophet Mitt Romney and I can only encourage sitting down with the above linked document as time permits.
It was 1978 when the Church relaxed restrictions against Blacks; so they could finally receive baptism, entry into the priesthood, marriage within the temple and acceptance to Heaven beyond that of servants. Despite pressures from the NAACP and like minds, an attempt to change policy earlier was blocked directly by the church president. Some have even suggested it was Grandpa Parley who helped to usher in the original ban against them.
Cousin Spencer Kimball was in charge of LDS at the time of Official Declaration 2 and explained it as a revelation he received, as a prophet, from up above, to let the Blacks in. It coincided nicely with the church’s expansion into Brazil, since it was harder in other countries to trace the ethnic origin of participants and find anyone of pure white heritage. In an effort to monitor the Saint’s evolution, it is noteworthy their first Black African authority wasn’t ordained to an executive position until 2009, despite the policy amendment occurring 31 years prior. Other ethnicities accepted earlier have either been released or excommunicated and women are still uninvited to the table of revelations.
This goal of expanding the church to a global scale was at definite cross purposes with the deeply rooted meaning of scripture. In an effort to alleviate the growing pains and convince Black members who’d been disaffected to return, the Genesis Group was created as support through a church auxiliary unit. The homepage opens with Darius explaining how he misses the old days when his parents were slaves unto masters and the times seemed more respectful. More uncomfortable is this month’s newsletter that spiritually discusses racism in Mormonism and offers an account of church missionaries calling Obama the N word. The church’s own site goes on to say that discrimination is widespread and Blacks are still treated differently.
Technically if you wanted to make a complaint, you could send one to Mitt Romney. He’s an executive at the church and his family is the board of directors. Coming up next is Good Ole Dad, followed byChurch Business. I leave you with this video of Mitt’s son, Tagg Romney, to offer a preview of what church, government and business look like when mixed together.
By now you’re asking what all that preamble has to do with the here and now. Mitt’s faith is protected by the Constitution and proudly so, but there are still political commandments to be fulfilled that could sacrifice everyone else’s rights in favour of a literal priesthood possessing the whole kit and caboodle.
To soothe doubts that compel us to minimize, we’re investigating how far the apple falls from the tree. We’ve already seen what patriarchs Parley, Helaman, Rey, Miles Sr., Miles Jr., Gaskell, George S., Marion, Vernon, Henry and Spencer have managed to accomplish in the spirit of Mormonism. Next is George W. Romney of more modern times, in his role as High Priest and Governor; similar to what Brigham Young achieved while in the process of establishing Utah. This is the example set by good ole dad, for his progeny Mitt to aspire and continue.
In tying the past to the present it would be an injustice to overlook the “W” in George Romney’s name. It hails from Charles Heinrich Wilcken, who shared the head of family on the maternal side along with Grandpa Parley (see family tree). At first the German connection appeared to be an anomaly, but research revealed why he would rank so high as to warrant a namesake in the formidable Romney clan.
Charles Wilcken was raised in Holstein and joined the German army when rebellion struck to decide if the area would break away from Denmark. It was a brutal, uncivil war that resulted in great atrocities; including mass graves and hand to hand combat where even women would need to fight for their lives. Grandpa Charles discovered heroism and found the idea of battle suited his personality quite well, so when the war ended he was disheartened and eventually immigrated to New York.
Speaking very little English, he joined the American army for employment and received orders to march on Utah almost immediately after arriving. The Saints refused to back down on polygamy in spite of federal law and the government was taking heavy losses in light of the Mormon’s scorched earth policy. They continued to set everything around the troops ablaze so they’d have no food, supplies or livestock to carry them through the winter.
The goal was to remove Brigham Young as theocratic governor and Grandpa Charles began on the side of the US President. It was not long that he found himself at odds with American culture and upon reaching Salt Lake he defected to the Saints’ militia.
The next bit comes to us from the Juvenile Instructor, published as the first American children’s magazine designed for teaching future leaders of the LDS religion. This was written as a series by none other than Charles Wilcken and circulated amongst Bishops for use in Mormon Sunday School,
“They acted hostile toward us and as punishment we were permitted to sack the town, or in other words allowed to do what we liked for three hours. During these three hours the people suffered terribly…. The saloons and whisky shops were visited first and in a short time almost every man was drunk or under the influence of liquor. This of course, made them (us)more wild and cruel. Houses and furniture were demolished, valuables taken, women ravaged and all manner of cruelties and wickedness were committed. If anyone interfered he was simply cut down. A scene like this beggars description and the people upon whom such a fate falls are indeed to be pitied.”
Reading further explains how Grandpa Charles was disgusted with the un-regimented nature of American forces, especially when he arrived in Utah to see the uniformity of Mormons in battle. Along with their military cohesion he was wooed by theo-democracy and now his story is shared with children to teach Mormon pride and their superiority over Israel,
“As a rule, the American army is made up of the scum of the nation – a lot of men that are worthless to society. The drunkard, the loafer and the depraved find, when they are at their rope’s end, an asylum in the army and become the “defenders of their country”…. Everything was so unlike German – no discipline, no care of dress, no punctuality, no order – it seemed to me more like a mob than a regular army and I soon became disgusted with my situation.
(Upon meeting the Saints of Salt Lake)
I pitied them because I thought…. they were under a religious spell…. Little did I think that I should soon change my mind and become as zealous a defender of the power as they were…. I had made up my mind to cast my lot with the Latter Day Saints….
I frequently compare our position as Latter Day Saints to a well organized army. We have our commander in chief, our generals, colonels, majors, captains, lieutenants…. All of us have enlisted under the banner of Jehovah and made a covenant with Him, to serve Him with all our might, mind and strength. As good soldiers we should love our officers, have implicit confidence in them and yield obedience to their wishes and commands. They receive their orders from the great Captain of our salvation (Jesus) for our good, for our benefit and for our safety….
A Latter Day Saint should train himself to be blind to the faults and failings of his superiors…. Our only safety and deliverance from our enemies is based upon the condition of obedience…. But if we are disobedient and instead of keeping His laws break them, we must suffer the consequences…. My opinion is there will be no deliverance until Israel will humble themselves, repent of their sins and do as they are told.”
Before joining the Mormon militia and seeding the Romney family, Charles Wilcken received the Iron Cross for his bravely mentioned works on behalf of the German Reich. This is the same medal that was notoriously adorned by the chest of Adolph Hitler and I hesitantly emphasize their similar feelings toward a certain ethnic people.
Moving on, the heir to this name was deemed a moderate Republican. George Wilcken Romney claimed to support human rights and won his place as Governor of Michigan. During that time he declined political business on Sundays, in keeping with the Mormon holy day. This also allowed him to decline a march with Martin Luther King, in contrast to professing his support of the civil rights movement. In public life he rode the middle ground between electoral speeches made to gain support and conflicts with faith regarding the perception of African-Americans’ sinful origin. For this reason it is prudent to look at a politician’s actions in comparison to their words.
Under Romney’s watch the Detroit Riots occurred and police brutality against Blacks resulted in the beating of men, women and children. Others met a harsher fate and many were shot dead. Caucasian residents had previously erected a wall to bar them from entering their communities along Eight Mile Road. This is the same place Eminem tried to revive in our memories with an album and Oscar winning movie of the same title.
Events precipitating the riot included matters of housing, as Blacks were forced to pay much higher rent for much shabbier accommodation than their counterparts. Governor Romney oversaw the bulldozing of their neighbourhoods to make space for freeways that would better provide for his white and delightsome constituents. Detroit Mayor Jerome Cavanagh had been making painstaking progress on the issue of race relations, but Romney fostered an arbitrary relationship with him as well.
On July 24 Romney overrode the mayor’s wishes, not to mention strong arming a reluctant President Lyndon B. Johnson by declaring a state of insurrection. Having already ordered Michigan State Police to take part, he now obligated federal troops to descend upon the Black and sympathetic masses. This violence spawned the type of mayhem that lives on in the darkest of infamy, to become a subject of study in most public schools.
From there, the governor attempted a run to replace Johnson as president. He was favoured to beat Nixon in the Republican primaries but bowed out before questions of his Mormon faith could become a factor. Richard Nixon of “I am not a crook” and Watergate fame succeeded in winning the White House.
Before his subsequent and scandalous resignation, he named George Romney as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Part of the mandate instructed HUD to desegregate Black housing and he was said to embrace this task with passion. However, implementation of the Fair Housing Act was lacking and George failed to meet with the NAACP or any legislative supporters to see it through.
He did get around to inventing the Ginnie Mae program though, with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac as integral parts of the working whole. It ushered in government-backed mortgages for low income families, to help pave the way to home ownership for the poor. On the surface it was a great triumph but in two short years and under George’s command, it became entirely defunct. Numerous lawyers and real estate agents were indicted for fraud, as the value of inner city properties was inflated and loans were made to black families who could never afford them. This resulted in massive default and left the government on the hook for every cent they owed, due to lacking oversight on the part of HUD. This other scandal was enough to end desegregation efforts and resembles the subprime crash that Obama inherited from Republicans years later.
George Romney also formed the National Recovery Administration. Again it contained a few good principles like putting an end to child labour, but it was deemed unconstitutional for industry price fixing and issues of anti-trust. The NRA placed powers of regulation directly into corporate hands, greater than even congress possessed. This led to increasing costs by a whopping 40 percent, to be borne by customers and played precisely into Romney’s Mormon ideal of “competitive cooperative capitalism”.
Despite the federal government dismantling the organization it continued rebelliously after the fact. In the campaign, if a business failed to support the platform by placing a poster in their storefront, they were punished with calls for boycott. This poster is particularly famous and served as inspiration for the Philadelphia Eagles logo (NFL), but it also inspired the Second New Deal giving unions greater purpose. In essence, this socialism for CEOs resulted in so much backlash that it propelled more democratic minds to enshrine the rights of the workforce.
Looking deeper into the mind of dearest dad we must visit the National Center for Voluntary Action, created by his hand as well. It acted as a clearinghouse of volunteer information to liaise between the private sector and government; as a privately funded entity established by executive order of the president (Nixon). Throughout some ups and downs and replication by George W. Bush, it was eventually merged and translated into the Points of Light foundation with his.
As thanks for conceding to the newer president, George Romney was honoured with the first Lenore and George Romney Award, in celebration of his lifetime achievement. Some may find it odd to win your own blessing, but we’ll leave that as it is. Lenore then became the Points of Light director after her failed Republican bid for senate. The NY Times described her as a faithful, Mormon, stay-at-home mom, who thought the ride to government would be easy with a royal (prophetic) name like Romney to support her ambitions.
Behind the scenes was a different story and one that is yet unknown. This explanation is shared by a Canadian-Korean war veteran, in the official newsletter circulated by the military organization (please see September’s PDF version or non PDF version). The gentleman provides a thorough background, stating he is the true creator of this Romney legacy (Points of Light) and he never received payment, thanks or credit for his work. George accepted the glory and this soldier was never to be mentioned.
Since George was the Governor of Michigan and LDS stake president for Detroit, both political and religious affairs put the Romneys in touch with Canada. Part of his boundary included Ontario, where the famous vacation property is located that managed to spark negative headlines. First was the dog sadly strapped to the roof and then came the irony that Mitt celebrates every Fourth of July at this very cottage across the border.
Americans may not be familiar with the significance of this campaign blunder, but their Canadian cousins attach notoriety to the Beach O’ Pines property as a matter of racial discrimination. The real story hinges on a terrible smudge in their past that resulted in a Supreme Court decision and legislative amendments.
It was 1948 when Mrs. Noble tried to sell her property in the gated community. Upon closing the transaction however, the purchaser’s attorney discovered a socially outdated and pre-existing covenant that would serve to cause him trouble.
“The lands and premises herein described shall never be sold, assigned, transferred, leased, rented or in any manner whatsoever alienated to, and shall never be occupied or used in any manner whatsoever by any person of the Jewish, Hebrew, Semitic, Negro or coloured race or blood, it being the intention and purpose of the Grantor, to restrict the ownership, use, occupation and enjoyment of the said recreational development, including the lands and premises herein described, to persons of the white or Caucasian race not excluded by this clause.”
Mr. Wolf, the purchaser, was of Russian-Jewish descent and Mrs. Noble wasn’t happy with the covenant against him either. At the height of the appeal, Beach O’ Pines residents hired their own attorney to protect these oppressive rights on behalf of the exclusive community that favoured them. It was then George Romney moved the family in and considering the high profile nature for Canadian human rights, he could not have missed knowing about the bitter fight against them. In fact, he would have purchased his home with the identical covenant on it.
As property owners the Romneys were covered by the legal umbrella arguing in favour of maintaining the race restrictions. They bought at the very moment in Canadian history, when a gated establishment was trying to prevent progress from happening. The case wasn’t settled until November 1950 and well after the Fourth of July Mitt would have spent there. It’s a battle the group doesn’t wish to speak about and a victory the Law Times calls Ontario’s dark legal past.
One of George’s last major contributions came through Brigham Young University. It was established by the first Saints of Utah and continues to be a Mormon facility, where all the Romneys graduated and then administrated or provided seminars. It contains the Marriot School of Management thanks to J. Willard Marriott, for whom Mitt Romney is named after. It also houses the Romney Institute of Public Management to instruct religious degrees in political science, as Brigham Young would have wanted.
In the next installment we’ll examine the empire of lucrative Church Business; followed by Insider Trading and finally what it means to the ultimate Church Power that Mitt wields on behalf of the Mormon Party of America. There’s a reason he won’t open the books and you’re on the cusp of understanding why.
As an executive of the Mormon Church who was called to the Twelve and still royal heir to the throne, Mitt Romney presents conflict of interest issues that should force America to sit up straight and take notice. If elected President of the United States, Mormon lobbyists will have an easier time doing business between matters of food and coal power to overtaking the banking world. On one hand they’re a private charity and on the other they could bring the country to a halt. The Church has been encouraging apostles to seek the highest public office since its inception, to pave the way according to the financial Book of Mormon sections that have often conflicted with legal issues of anti-trust.
Whereas some faiths might hold safer products like mutual funds for the benefit of community work, the Latter Day Saints are in a league of their own. They’re worth more than Mitt and their extreme wealth has nothing to do with paying tithes. In 2001, Time magazine attempted to assess their value and came up with the ballpark of $30 billion. Earlier this year even Bloomberg tried their hand and all experts agree the true answer is impossible to know. These values don’t begin to scratch the surface and perhaps it’s so hard to decipher because the LDS (Latter Day Saints) executive keeps their business private from everyone including non-prophetic Mormons. Under the US Constitution they maintain that right as a matter of protected religion and I dare say with a little more digging that a single church company is worth more than the total projected.
It all began with Brigham Young and subsequently George W. Romney’s vision of competitive-cooperative capitalism. Just as their religion is written to reflect a theocratic political movement, it is also founded on the dogma of economics. The early settlers felt they were entitled to a real kingdom on earth and therefore profiteering was as much about faith as praying to Nephi, Adam or Moroni. Mormonism is the religion of government and financial markets that predominantly relates to socialism for CEOs. Moreover and since the early days in Utah, LDS has been training their prophets to become experts in constitutional law to keep it so.
We’ll begin with ZCMI (Zions Cooperative Mercantile Institution), the inaugural company created in Utah under Brigham Young, Grandpa Parley and Uncle Orson’s direction. It was also the first American shopping mall that eventually transformed into Macy’s. The original storefront remained ecclesiastic and although Macy’s is a major brand, their signage still honoured the Mormon roots that gave birth to any profitable tenants thereafter.
Upon assuming the prominent location from Saintly businesses that moved on, the department store inherited the grand chandelier, specially made for Mormons from Austrian crystal imported from Venice, Italy. CEOs for Macy’s paid homage to the Saints once more, by donating 1,500 of the dangling pieces from that prestigious lighting fixture although they didn’t part with all of them. Each little bauble was so exquisite that it warranted a black tie event for the charities who received them. No value is offered for the chandelier in full, but it certainly crossed a few million dollars as one of the most expensive lampshades in the country the Church could afford to abandon.
Despite parting with the storefront it was only a short lived transition, in which they demolished the shopping mall to make way for a newer City Creek Centre. LDS continues to own the property no matter which high end boutique decides to take up residence. It cost more than $1 billion for Mormons to build and they vow the only money for construction came from corporate profits as opposed to tithes.
Managing such a portfolio would prove to be too much for Mormons alone, so they partnered with Taubman Centers to run the day to day operations of the new mall. This particular corporation was founded by Alfred Taubman, who had just finished ten months in prison for convictions related to price fixing and anti-trust. It would seem Mr. Taubman was practicing the Mormon’s competitive-cooperative capitalism, which was repeated by George Romney through his NRA initiative of the same nature. Both examples were held guilty of breaching federal law and yet the Mormons continue to marry themselves to this business philosophy. Taubman’s company is further headquartered in Bloomfield, Michigan; in Mitt’s Romney’s old stomping grounds.
The LDS Church is one of the largest real estate proprietors in America. Zion Securities changed its name to Utah Property Management, but is owned by Saints just the same. They formed Suburban Land Reserve Inc. to handle their industrial buildings as well. However, these are only two of many subsidiaries within the Corporation of the President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints that holds everything from apartment buildings to banks and business towers.
On the list of very important buildings is Eagle Gate Plaza that remained Church owned when it was transformed into the World Trade Center of Utah. It’s part of the New York family of WTC businesses that are home to government and international trade authorities. Lew Cramer of Mormon hierarchy was then named CEO of the center to solidify their stronghold, far beyond the capacity of a landlord (see PDFor non PDF).
Mr. Cramer enjoys trade missions to China on behalf of church-family members while giving devotional speeches and legal decoding from the Book of Mormon at his alma mater, Brigham Young University (see Oct. 2, 2012). Adding to his list of accomplishments with the Church, he began an LDS law society to unite Mormon attorneys in helping others see their light (additional interview transcript PDF or non PDF). He was in charge of recruiting Mormon volunteers for the Utah Olympics to help reduce costs and appoint Mitt Romney to the prestigious top job. Lew also headed Republican finances for the current presidential election.
The LDS property group further heads a lobbying entity to ensure the interests of Mormons are protected, including many issues such as prohibiting restaurants from serving alcohol within their structures. The Mormon president from this real estate council finds his office in the Triad Center, also owned by the Church. Triad arrives with a phenomenal explanation and another curious partnership with the likes of Adnan Khashoggi. The Saudi prince and arms dealer is better known by his scandalous actions at the heart of the Iran-Contra Affair, which facilitated the illegal sale of arms to Iran and other confirmed terrorists. He was further implicated in the Lockheed bribery scandals that caused heads to roll from the US to West Germany, Italy, Netherlands and Japan. That time it involved war planes instead of just the missiles.
When not transporting weapons of destruction to jihadists and contras, Khashoggi was kept busy pursuing business with the Mormons. The Triad Center was a joint effort, where LDS provided the land and became the predominant tenant (see half way down). It is here they set up another company Bonneville International, to house their radio and television stations. These aren’t your run of the mill Christian programs and include the Washington Post Radio as well as Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck. Pertaining to television it’s hard to ascertain the full scope of LDS holdings, but they do include an NBC affiliate and the Church has been making moves to acquire a stake in Disney. Also located within the Triad Center is a Brigham Young University campus.
(Adnan Khashoggi discussing business plans with Mormon executive-apostle, photo credit: Deseret News clipping)
Bonneville International serves as a parent company to numerous subsidiaries. They include the Bonneville Washington News Bureau, Bonneville Media Communications, the Bonneville Broadcasting System, Bonneville Satellite Corporation, Bonneville Entertainment Company and Bonneville Telecommunications (provided futures and commodity quotes). Every one is a profit machine owned by the Mormon Church and the FCC has been called upon to regulate their control of media.
The way they manage their affairs is demonstrated through the Washington Post partner. Amid transitioning from newspaper to radio, the Saints put an end to a popular rock music station. They handed the 35 workers from Z-104 their walking papers and replaced them with 25 Mormon-friendly staff of their own (see both pages).
To confuse matters more, Bonneville International is a subsidiary of Deseret Management Corporation. Under this banner they’ve managed to scoop up part of ESPN. In regard to Bonneville Satellite most access to their web domains is prohibited, but they do offer services in the US, UK, Thailand, Pakistan, India, select areas of the Middle East and the home country of Khashoggi, in Turkey.
Under the wing of Deseret Management, we find other companies like Deseret News, Deseret Book, Deseret Digital Media, Temple Square Hospitality and Beneficial Life Insurance, which handles $20.3 billion in policies (stakeholders PDF or non PDF). Mormons also concocted Mstar.net to apply ecclesiastic censoring to the internet for their faithful followers; in addition to their own LDSYellowPages and a doorway to Hollywood through Excel Entertainment.
From a finance perspective, Ensign Peak Advisors manages Mormon stocks and bonds including those of the Deseret Trust Company. Next is Deseret Mutual, as a provider of financial products and employer health benefits. These services are exclusive to Church owned businesses, but their workforce is considerable and lists many LDS participants. The Church conglomerate continues to hold an extensive stock portfolio including $2 million in Burger King and $1 million in Dominos Pizza. These assets were transferred to the Saints tax free by Mitt Romney. General Authorities of the Church receive income from these investments, so in a roundabout way it benefited him personally and all his business associates (more on this in Part 7: Insider Trading).
They continue to hold considerable interest in banks, which goes hand in hand with various footholds they maintain in the economic sector. We’ll start with Zion Bancorp, the early brainchild of the Twelve Apostles. Zion began in Utah with the Church retaining full ownership, but in 1960 fellow Mormon Roy W. Simmons, purchased a controlling share. The financial institution carried on in partnership with LDS and promoted five apostles to its board of directors. They continue to facilitate all Mormon Church business and at least one congregation member felt he was cheated out of $700,000 through their advice that only benefited the institution.
Today Roy’s son Harris Simmons inherited the Chairman, President and CEO positions. (see officers and directors). He’s a loyal Mormon at the heart of the financial empire who happens to hold more than a million shares since the company went public. Moreover Harris is Chairman of the underlying Zions Bank (Utah and Idaho) and heads all the parent-acquired subsidiaries such as Amegy Bank of Texas,California Bank and Trust, National Bank of Arizona, Nevada State Bank, The Commerce Bank of Oregon, The Commerce Bank of Washington, Vectra Bank Colorado, Zions Management Services Company, Amegy Insurance Agency, Amegy Investments, Amegy Mortgage Company, Contango Capital Advisors, Net Deposit, Wellman Holdings, Wellman Services, Western National Trust, Zions Credit Corp, Zions Direct and Zions Insurance Agency. Total assets of Zion Bancorp in 2010 were $51.6 billion.
Church president and primary apostle Thomas S. Monson was on hand to dedicate the newest Zion Financial Center in the name of Mormon. Additionally the building is owned by the Church under real estate holdings and the job of running local matters was given to A. Scott Anderson – another royal descendant of an original apostle like Mitt.
The wisdom of prophets didn’t save the banking empire from brushes with the law though; common to most Mormon enterprises. First they received two $8 million fines for trespasses against the Bank Secrecy Act and USA Patriot Act related to inter-country money laundering. Then they were hit with two more for $50,000 and $225,000 for operating without a proper licence, misleading representation and making false statements. During the recent financial market meltdown, Zion Bank received $1.4 billion in relief from government (a Fannie Mae repeat) and they’ve only repaid $700 million since this September. Earlier in 1999 they also faced tough opposition to the goal of merging Zion with the other Mormon bank, First Security. Due to anti-trust concerns and major publicity the marriage was called off, as the move would have resulted in a banking monopoly.
Switching gears, the Church is at the center of America’s food system. These holdings begin withAgReserves Inc in the United States, described as running investment farms and ranches. In the United Kingdom the name changes to AgReserves Ltd where apostles received $15.9 million worth of taxpayer subsidy to benefit their operations in a single year. They’ve replicated in Mexico under AgroReservas and regrettably AgroReservas do Brazil was removed from the internet when the Landless Workers’ Movement targeted the Mormon sprawl in protest. Now no information is available beyond the words of those affected and displaced. AgReserves Australia Ltd is yet another LDS company with hundreds of thousands of acres.
Those are just the larger holdings. In California they produce almonds. In Utah it’s dairy and cattle. In Oklahoma they raise more cattle and Florida produces cows along with citrus fruit. Stretches of Wyoming and Washington were bought for the sole purpose of historical value, to own the pieces of America that Mormon pioneers may have traversed. All the farms double as camps and getaways to profit from tourism as well. This is not to mention the individual ranches spread across the US, UK, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and Argentina because they’re indeed too many to list.
These operations are located under the Farm Management Company, which in turn is overseen by Deseret Land and Livestock. The latter not only farms but also offers paid hunting expeditions and “high quality fly fishing experiences” for profit. In a complex web to keep anyone from grasping their true worth, both corporations are controlled by another Mormon investment structure going by the name of Farmland Reserve Inc.
According to the church’s own newspaper the faithful are not meant to know LDS business, but they’re aware of millions of acres in the US and reverence as the largest private land owner in Florida along with others. In an unguarded moment, a Mormon executive praised the Church for being “the largest cow-calf operator in the nation” whilst angling to overtake Ted Turner in the business.
These acquisitions have been patient at times and purchased piece by piece until LDS assumes an entire area. In the Third World the vulnerable are begging for enough land to survive and the story is beginning to repeat in America. Even contracted farmers in Idaho of the Mormon faith are condemning the Church’s practices. They’re threatening to revoke the community’s paid participation by operating farms directly through their administration. In this way they keep labour costs to a minimum by having worshippers volunteer in the fields – as a tenet of doing Mormon business since the beginning. Furthermore the farmers are angry that LDS produces for the commercial market and this spawns an unfair business advantage that could put an end to their livelihoods altogether.
Although there is scant information available about the Mormons’ Property Reserve Inc., it too is a real estate venture of some sort. It’s involved in a Supreme Court lawsuit that extends to Hawaii, so it can’t be conducting business confined to Utah as their registration suggests. The public can only guess if these dealings are related to a shooting that took place at a Mormon temple on Christmas Day; sparked by an LDS real estate Ponzi ring that was investigated by the FBI in 2010.
Pertaining to Hawaii, the Church owns the most lucrative part of that state. When Mitt’s ancestors went on mission in 1865 they purchased more than 7,000 acres in the name of Mormon – in an effort totransform Polynesian Indians from Lamanites into the descendants of Israel. Hawaii Reserves Inc. was established to take control of Laie and one of their most renowned beaches. They operate water, sewer treatment and roads with the intent of building more neighbourhoods. It’s a sensitive area with sacred burial grounds, so Mormons employed a representative to lobby for their development interests (PDF). These services were likely necessary to build the Brigham Young University Hawaii campus, along with the Polynesian Cultural Center to serve as one of the world’s most popular vacation destinations and gainful theme attractions.
We must now address the topic of sugar and how the Church positioned itself to become an oligarch of this industry. Sugar is needed to cook nearly everything we eat and warrants our acute attention. This enterprise began with Brigham Young and the Apostles, to help found their theocratic and competitive-cooperative capitalist dream for Zion-Utah. Soon after they were investigated and convicted of anti-trust violations for the Sugar Trust, in keeping with their business theory and its successive outcomes.
In an effort to save their monopoly Saints then partnered with the Bankers Trust, who in turn found themselves the target of racketeering charges that led to the present market meltdown and the government’s intervention to regulate derivatives. In the early days this Trust helped the Utah-Idaho Sugar Company merge and grow to take full market share, under the name of Amalgamated Sugar with Mormon prophet David Eccles as the technical founder and Utah’s first made millionaire. From the riches of LDS sugar, he became Chairman of the Federal Reserve and the Washington, DC building was named in his honour.
During his years in power he is noted to provide the Mormon Church with interest free loans to assist in building their kingdom. Coincidentally, David’s son George Eccles founded the smaller Mormon bank First Security, that attempted to merge with Zion before regulators took notice and trust circumstances intervened. A fellowship was established in his name to promote Mormon studies and Lew Cramer from the World Trade Center Utah is one of the prominent LDS steering executives. In the Saints’ family, every power player is connected for the purpose of furthering the Church’s vision.
Still on the issue of sugar, Amalgamated is said to have merged with the Snake River Sugar Company. No information is publicly available about either company, but the latter currently shares the same business address as the original manufacturer. The Amalgamated Sugar company website redirects to Snake River as well. It appears the newer entity may have been established as a lobby for widespread adoption of genetically modified seeds to obtain the sugar (see technology at bottom).
Last in this installment is mention of the Mormon’s relationship with coal power and copper. Ernest L. Wilkinson was president of Brigham Young University as well as a Washington lawyer and defeated Republican candidate for senate. In his time he was the topic of scandal that related to the university. Wilkinson headed a spy ring within the institution, to ensnare professors who displayed anything less than a Tea Party attitude. Upon conviction they’d be fired and removed from the Mormon hierarchy. More importantly, he worked for the Department of the Interior and drafted the Indian Claims Commission legislation (see pgs. 34-35 PDF).
His partner in matters of energy was fellow LDS attorney and Bishop, John Sterling Boyden. He was the legal representation for Peabody Energy Corporation while at the same time representing Hopi, Ute and Navajo Indians. In addition to his practice, Boyden presided over these indigenous converts as their prophetic leader. (His son inherited this church standing, see second entry.)
Peabody Energy is the largest private producer of coal in the world. In 1968 it was purchased byKennecott Copper Corporation, although due to anti-trust issues the acquisition was struck down and sold eight years later for $1 billion. For the record it is now owned by Rio Tinto, but during the time of Kennecott the Mormons were immediately involved.
H. David Burton was an executive with Kennecott, in addition to holding apostleship in the highest office of the Church. During tenure of these three Mormon figures they usurped the Black Mesa area from Natives, to strip mine their land for coal energy development that benefitted their respective companies.
Acting as the Indians’ bishop, John Boyden convinced the bands to sign a contract with Peabody. The Hopi’s didn’t have government of any sort to ratify a deal, so he ordained a tribal council from those he was able to convert to Mormonism. The tribe continues to assert these individuals had no authority to make legal decisions on behalf of all their people. In concert with Wilkinson at Church headquarters, they devised a plan to move forward regardless. Both attorneys fetched millions in legal fees from the government and tribes, to perform their services while playing for both teams.
It was deemed the Black Mesa Peabody Coal Controversy and environmental protection organizationsare bitterly studying the effects of this case at present. There were numerous repercussions from duping Indians into an agreement that would only pay them $0.30 per ton when market value was $1.50, to overusing water at a billion gallons per year to process the coal slurry. The aquifers Natives depended on for survival have been bled dry and now they’re forced to walk many miles with buckets to find water. A poignant article with photographs and their testimony about the Mormon relationship can be found here (or via PDF here).
More troubling is the Church’s explanation. They believe that since these Indians didn’t appreciate money in their culture, their reward was receiving the Mormon gospel. LDS called them “backwards people” and convinced themselves it was their duty to build the indigenous up from Lamanites into their version of civility. It was their calling to obtain this coal power for the sake of constructing the kingdom in places like Las Vegas, Los Angeles and so forth.
In the meantime Sylvan Wittwer was the Mormon bishop and president of Lansing Michigan Stake and he took up lobbying on behalf of coal energy to protect the Church’s interests. He hails from the neighbouring region to Mitt Romney and wrote many books suggesting carbon dioxide is good for the earth. As an executive member of the Greening Earth Society with direct relation to Peabody Energy, he argued against the science and perils of global warming. He replicated those efforts with the Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide and Global Change, with further ties to Exxon Mobil.
This advice was obviously taken to heart by the Mormon Church, as they completed a land swap with Kennecott in 2011 to assume ownership of an old mining area. The company faced orders from the EPA to clean up a sensitive tailings pond, but it is now becoming an LDS neighbourhood complete with a scenic lake that no one is allowed to use.
Should Mitt Romney become the President of America all these friends will be knocking at his door. In Part 7: Insider Trading, we’ll see how closely they’re connected and who exactly owes whom.
In the last edition we observed the Mormon Church unite in matters of competitive-cooperative capitalism. Now we’ll look at LDS (Latter Day Saints) cronyism, to further the mission of material gain and secular governance. The first item on the agenda is strategy because without enough money, hands and unquestioning minds there isn’t much an apostle can accomplish. Even Joseph Smith knew thissince the days of Kirtland Bank in Ohio.
Enter Brigham Young University (BYU), a Church covenant to educate a Mormon battalion of financiers, legal giants and defense personnel. Classes commenced in 1875 with the nod of Romney prophets in support of the theocratic governor. They say less than two percent of Americans subscribe to the Mormon faith and yet they account for a formidable concentration of power in the country.
Amid business fodder, today’s leaders explain,
“The reason for this superb organization is not that LDS Church (school) is run on sound business principles, but because it is led according to revealed truths directly from God.”
A BYU education is not to be mixed with pernicious atheistic influences or alternate religious doctrines. The Book of Mormon laid the foundation for the Romney Institute of Public Management to teachsecular degrees in politics. A secular judge, secular legislator, secular police and secular president pose a mountain of challenges in separating church from state.
These scriptures also shape the BYU Military Science program. But what can God Nephi or King Nebuchadnezzar teach to those in the Chemical Corps and Air Defense Artillery? Isn’t that more killing in the name of _____ and what anti-terrorism is trying to stop? They acknowledge taking human life with the righteousness of their Lord as a means of recruitment to the program.
Ninety-eight percent of BYU students subscribe to the Mormon way and the remainder have beensurveilled by administration to rid the unfaithful from their university troops. Tuition is heavily subsidized by the amounts collected from tithes, so it’s the cheapest place to earn a degree if you’re willing to accept it’s based on the vision of a 23-year-old, his business partners and the unrecognized languages of Reformed Egyptian or Deseret.
Since the days of Grandpa Parley every Romney has graduated from BYU. The University of Utah is part of the establishment and focuses on Mormon Studies, with Church apostles occupying their various boards of directors too. Currently they’re looking at the Word of Wisdom and foodways, in keeping with Church industry pursuits. This is the reason Mitt can’t drink coffee because he practices the fundamentalist tenets of his religion by the book.
Another item in the recent fellowship newsletter fetes a professor of History for editing text about their supernatural roots. Planet Kolob was by no means a joke, nor is the belief there are three layers of Heaven that a prophet or lesser people could inherit through their works on earth (see additional information). More challenging to absorb is a project about Samuel the Lamanite and cases involving the “literal whitening of dark skin”. We’ve been over the theology enough to let it go, but it lays relevant foundation for the kinship shared between higher ranking Mormons like Mitt Romney and his alumni from the Church or BYU.
Meet Robert C. Gay, a Mormon General Authority and managing director of Bain Capital for sixteen years. He co-founded the Brigham Young University’s Center for Economic Self Reliance. Recently he formed Huntsman Gay Global Capital but was called to the first Quorum, in which case he resigns his newly created company to dedicate himself to the Church. Mr. Gay has become an apostle, revelator, seer and spokesperson of God. Instead of earning income from his own ventures, he will now receive a percentage of all LDS corporate ventures as an executive Saint. In this way the Mormon faith operates similar to a pyramid. All General Authorities profit from Church holdings and the higher your rank, the better you earn. It’s a de facto stockholder’s bonus of sorts.
Next is Gary Crittenden who is set to take Robert’s place. He’s been an LDS bishop, stake president and sits on the Quorum of the Seventy (which grew from the original fifty explained earlier in the series). Gary has also been the CFO of Monsanto and CFO for Citigroup. At the latter he was fined $100,000 for making false statements in SEC filings that related to subprime mortgages. It’s water under the bridge now that he’s been given a new lease on life and rewarded with promotion to CEO of Huntsman Gay Global Capital.
Jon Huntsman Sr. is the other namesake and co-founder. His wife is the daughter of David B. Haight, who was the oldest living apostle in the Quorum. He assumed this position after Mitt’s founding family passed away and vacancies opened in the highest level of the Church executive. Haight also worked in the president’s office of BYU and moved to become the mayor of Palo Alto, California.
Jon Sr. was in the Mormon Seventy and president of packaging at Dow Chemical. He departed from Dow to found Huntsman Chemical with diverse applications including aspirin and pharmaceutical bases. They manufactured food containers for Burger King, McDonalds, Sara Lee and egg companies, in addition to casings for General Electric products like telephones and televisions. Factories were purchased in a cooperative effort with Monsanto, in a move that added ownership of Texaco to expand the fuel additive market with increased output of benzene. The Huntsman headquarters are located in the World Trade Center Utah (Church owned and operated) and his family was amongst the Mormon pioneers who followed behind the Romneys. The COO for Huntsman Chemical is also a General Authority within the Church. Ronald Rasband doubles as a friendly partner and President of the Seventy with seniority over Huntsman.
A prominent Mormon lawyer recommended Jon Sr. to the Nixon White House, where he worked under Haldeman who spent 18 months in prison for Watergate. His job was to monitor documents passing through the Oval Office while George Romney served as Secretary of Housing, whose office was also rocked by scandal resulting in criminal charges. Both men departed before investigations could include them. Jon Huntsman Sr. then ran in the primaries as a Republican candidate for governor, but conceded to a higher ranking Mormon and accepted a token place as Ambassador of Economic Development for stepping down.
In contrast, Jon Huntsman Jr was successful in his bid for Governor of Utah in addition to serving four presidential administrations. He is the grandson of a high ranking apostle. He is also a descendant of Grandpa Parley (founding apostle) and technically Mitt Romney’s cousin through polygamous relations. Although the practice eventually ceased it still makes for awkward family reunions.
The two have shared an everlasting rivalry and Mitt always comes out on top as the official heir and orthodox example of Mormon. Jon Jr. tried to distance himself from the religion and is considered moreliberal than his counterpart by the clan. It was his downfall in losing the Olympic bid to Mitt and a source of controversy when he switched teams to support McCain in 2008.
There is so much bad blood between the boys that it nearly damaged the Republican brand. It did however succeed in giving the party no choice about selecting a Latter Day Saint to represent their interests. In frustration and fallout, Jon Jr. went on record suggesting there should be a third party and by the looks of things Mitt’s ecclesiastic powers have trumped his ambitions completely. Jon wasdisinvited from a Republican event where he was scheduled to be the guest speaker. This who-is-more-Mormon battle had consequences for his father’s new finance company as well. The Church intervened and elevated Robert Gay, causing him to abdicate his working partnership in Huntsman Gay Global Capital. In LDS you either support the plan or move out of the way.
In lieu the younger Huntsman was appointed to the board of directors of Ford Motor Company and Caterpillar Inc. He also accepted the Chairman position from Jon Sr., to oversee operations at the Huntsman Cancer Institute.
A similar situation played out with the Udall family. David King Udall was ordained a bishop and stake president by Brigham Young, to settle Arizona as a Mormon state akin to Utah. These were polygamous times and he had children with two wives as well, all of whom became career politicians. On one side of the family the Udalls ran as Republicans and on the other they were Democrats. Altogether the family accounted for 3 senators, 2 congressmen, 2 mayors of Phoenix (father and son), 3 Supreme Court Justices, 2 Chief Justices and 1 Secretary of the Interior. Sometimes they ran against each other for the same position.
David himself did a few months in prison for committing perjury on behalf of Grandpa Miles Romney, over his disputed land claim. Fellow patriarch Levi attended the School of Prophets under the guidance of Grandpa Parley and through marriage the Udalls are related to an original apostle. Much of the family became LDS bishops and stake presidents and all are registered Mormons.
In an effort to protect the next prophetic heir, Mitt’s son Tagg Romney benefitted from the old boys’ club true to form. He’s a BYU graduate, served his Mormon mission in France and sponsors the National Advisory Council for the university to earn his rewards. The up and coming son used his family’s Mormon connections to establish Solamere Capital, named after the location of their Utah winter home.
While campaigning with his father Tagg partnered with Spencer Zwick, himself a fellow Mormon of the hierarchy and Romney-for-President coordinator. Zwick’s father Craig sits in the Quorum of Seventy and acts as a General Authority for the Church, as the underling of a current ruling prophet. I’m compelled to reiterate an apostle is little different than a disciple of Jesus from back in the day. It’s expected they may receive visions that form new religious canon because the Mormon faith sees the Bible as continually being written as demonstrated by the Book of Mormon (see third entry). They’re the chosen ones and middle management from Heaven, who receive updates whenever God has something important to append.
The third partner and founder of Solamere Capital is John R. Miller. He was mentored by Mormon guruStephen Covey at the Jon Huntsman School of Business within the University of Utah. His family was a major part of the LDS beef empire since the beginning, setting the stage for Miller to form the National Beef company and become a top supplier to Walmart. He registered the Black Angus brand and this corporation is celebrated as the number one supplier to Japan.
In a final boost for Tagg Romney, they invited Karl Rove to flirt with campaign legislation by hosting a fundraiser for Solamere that went largely unreported. In one moment he was organizing for Mitt and in the next he was prying funds from party supporters to help the next in line get a foothold. Now the CEO from Ebay plays a major role with investments.
The National Advisory Council (NAC) is a staple for Brigham Young University. It’s a rolodex of the who’s who in the Mormon business kingdom and is designed to keep the family helping one another. You must pay to be involved and vetted by the Mormon committee to participate. Every name on the list has either graduated from BYU, is employed by the Church or shares an LDS connection. Curiously, most have only earned a bachelor degree to obtain these positions in the ever growing network.
A good example is the COO for Deutsche Bank UK. Mitch Mason possesses a Bachelor of Computer Science and departed on spiritual mission for the Church to Tokyo, where he assumed a position in the LDS stake presidency (see pg. 3). While visiting Japan he became an executive with the bank, so missionary destinations are not solely for the purpose of winning church converts. Coincidentally the institution was convicted of irresponsible mortgage lending and was hit with a substantial fine. It was then implicated in the LIBOR scandal in the UK and Japan.
The next gentleman is president of Dell Computers, Kevin Rollins. A fellow graduate of BYU, he got his start as partner and vice president of Bain and Company. This is not the same organization as Bain Capital, although Mitt Romney served as CEO and founded his investment firm with partners from the former. Rollins has a Mormon business school named in his honour and he sits on the United States Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiation.
There are numerous Mormon family partners with titles ranging from Chairman to CEO, CFO, COO, President, VP and Director; but the company list is even more impressive. The Church is keenly represented in Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, Zions Bank, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, Deloitte and Touche, Ernst and Young, KPMG, PricewaterhouseCoopers, American Express, Walmart, Safeway, Sam’s Club, Kimberley-Clarke, General Mills, Procter and Gamble, Fisher Price, Eastman Kodak, Caterpillar, Alcoa, Ford Motor Company, General Motors, American Airlines, Black and Decker, Honeywell, Huntsman, Solamere, Bain and Company, Bain Capital, IBM, AOL Time Warner and Nortel. There are many more in gas, oil, chemicals, real estate, minerals, food, banks, investment and hospitals; as well as judges, legislators, governors and city controllers. Even Mitt Romney sits on the board of directors when he’s not busy with political pursuits.
The NAC spring and fall reunions are invaluable to Latter Day Saints. To keep their end of the bargain, Mormon executives at Goldman Sachs hired 31 BYU students in relation to the agreement but this only represents a single partner on the list. Greater still is the roster of well placed members who may be called upon for a helping hand despite the lack of binding contract. Their service rotates through these councils and they’re obligated by the Church through the Doctrine and Covenants to stand side by side, everywhere including the business world. Currently 15 hold government positions but the goal continues with every passing election. In the meantime they’re dominating markets integral to everyone’s daily life.
Don’t expect to get the whole story from the Church though. In a directive to BYU instructors the apostles make it crystal clear there will be no disloyalty to General Authorities and no such thing as academic freedom. Orthodox material is the only truth they need to tell and intellectual prowess is the enemy. In fact it was Grandpa Parley who played a great role in deciding when truth was appropriate, as he taught the ranks to believe you do not bring questions upon the Church (see fourth entry) and fibbing, even under oath, is necessary to protect the mission (see additional fourth section). This famous Romney progenitor then declared there would be no Democratic president promoting truth so long as the Saints shall live.
Mormons built on this doctrine by deciding no ill would be spoken, no matter how true, if any living Saint could be negatively affected. Dallin Oaks became a ruling apostle in 1984 and relinquished his position as a Utah Supreme Court Justice to accept the honour of exaltation. Before giving speeches about the subjectivity of truth, downplaying its importance to the Church and Brigham Young University (PDF actual document or non PDF transcript), he penned important opinions about constitutional rights and attempted to change parameters for the exclusionary rule pertaining to search and seizure. Now Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Amendment rights may not hold up if the ends justifies the means.
No one would know the repercussions of Mormon truth better than an LDS teacher of 27 years. Hewrote of this great epiphany upon severing himself from the organization. So too did a faithful Mormon blogger who faced excommunication for studying the historical basis of his religion.
Perhaps this is what led to the Boy Scouts scandal, when the public learned of sexual abuse allegations and their private, extensive catalogue of unsavoury suspects. Still they kept the data hidden, because the subjects of complaint may well be members of the Church. Many are familiar with this heartbreaking revelation, but most do not realize that Latter Day Saints are the predominant sponsor of the program, equally responsible and named foremost in associated litigation (including multiple suits). The national president is from the Mormon Church, the LDS president is the longest serving executive and Mitt Romney has served on the board of directors with them.
In so far as Boy Scouts and gay rights are concerned, Mitt professed his support for equality to GLAADand other associations along the campaign trail. The groups were excited to hear they could count on Republicans in addition to Democrats, but Mitt had the power to vote and the organization reaffirmed their prejudice to the contrary. Instead Scout executives have gone all the way to the Supreme Court to uphold the tenets of Mormon. No gays, no atheists and the Church continues to control the vast majority of satellites. The organization offered,
“Contrary to media reports, the Boy Scouts of America has no plans to change its membership policy. The introduction of a resolution does not indicate the organization is ‘reviewing’ a policy or signal a change in direction…. The BSA is a voluntary, private organization that sets policies that are best for the organization. The BSA welcomes all who share its beliefs but does not criticize or condemn those who wish to follow a different path.”
It just goes to show the importance of actions and the subjectivity of truth when matters could damage the Church. Furthermore LDS considers the program a stepping stone for their lay, Aaronic Priesthood and a pathway into the Church for children they strive to convert. In no uncertain terms, Mormons operate the program as a religious recruitment center. The current Church president offered his official sentiments and sent them out via newsletter as recently as this month, October 2012 (PDF or non PDF).
Joining the concept of truth with corporate matters, the Latter Day Saints have legal teams studying constitutional arguments to keep their books sealed. A number of lawsuits have been settled to avoid discovering the Church’s assets but they’re preparing for additional injured parties to come forward. This necessitated thorough study by Rutgers in an effort to help them maintain privacy on the issue of profits and payability (see conclusion PDF or non PDF).
In the final installment Church Power, we’ll look at the bigger picture from their highest office and absorb what it means if Mitt Romney becomes the president. The military industrial complex will set a reoccurring theme.
In the final chapter we’re exploring the Church’s real power. It’s the same power Mitt Romney serves and equally wields on their behalf. It’s the power behind the man that will not cease whether he’s elected the president or not. The real question is, do you want this particular finger pressing the country’s buttons and calling all the shots?
Before we address the larger issues let us see if LDS (Latter Day Saints) can really influence a prophet’s policies. Take for example PBS. Sesame Street planned a protest in response to Mitt’s threat to cut their budget in an effort to save tax dollars. How odd when we consider Dallin Oaks (the Supreme Court apostle mentioned in Part 7) was also the Chairman of precisely this cornerstone.
Not only do puppets parade around the broadcaster. PBS is a wonderful source of documentaries and serves as a conduit of education. One of the things they tried to teach was the history and controversy of Mormonism! Always fair in their coverage they invited Dallin Oaks to participate, but the transcript begins with descriptions of yore that chasten the Saints for their history. They further address the issue of government and how far the religion has come to be nominating Mitt for president.
Numerous authorities provided their side of the story and it makes for animated reading. Some of the most interesting comments arrive from Tal Bachman (musician and son of rock star Randy Bachman of Bachman-Turner Overdrive). He was a faithful Mormon but fell away from the Church in conflict with their teachings. Tal affirms the strength of his earlier faith while on a mission for LDS and then laments about the insight it provided throughout the years of retrospect,
“I hit Argentina with the force of a hurricane, being 19 and absolutely convinced that you’re on the Lord’s errand fueled with these fantasies and aspirations. I ended up with my companions baptizing entire congregations of aboriginal people in the mud. Living conditions were frequently harsh. You don’t have fresh water to bathe in, so you’re bathing in this rancid, algae-ridden, green, slimy water. You drink it. You’re dying of thirst.
It’s like 110-112 degrees. Poison spitting toads getting into the apartment, crocodiles running all over the place. I mean, I was completely into it…. I was so completely wound up that if my mission president had asked me to blow myself up like a suicide bomber, I would have said sure, where should I go.
I left the Church because…. I was forced to conclude that for whatever else it might be – it wasn’t what it claimed to be…. We risked our lives for the Church in Argentina. I don’t think I can delude myself into thinking, or to making it okay for my children to put their lives on the line for this thing – if it’s not what it claims to be. It might be the best thing ever invented, but if it’s invented it’s not worth dying for.”
It’s a particularly naked look from each commentator’s perspective. The segment covers riveting issues from their indifference to Christianity to the importance of a missionary program. Students contribute their frustrations while describing two years without an iota of privacy. When a young person goes on mission they are led by an LDS official, who monitors personal progress by sticking with them 24-7. As other 20-something young adults are getting comfortable with dorm life, these worshippers are regimented and only know individualism upon a scheduled trip to the bathroom. They’re being molded and must remember the payoff comes when they return to Brigham Young University to access its wealth of connections. One must first build the ranks before sitting atop a castle.
Another matter of controversy is LDS posthumous baptisms. They especially seek to cleanse Jews after death in a special ceremony to make them Mormon. A Holocaust survivor contributes her offense and pain toward the Church during interview. She’s aghast that any group would attempt to erase her faith after all the Jewish people have been through. This is the reason for the Mormons’ elaborate genealogical study, so they can “save” those who didn’t have a chance to accept the gospel while still living.
PBS set their sights on Latter Day Saints earlier in 2011. On this occasion they questioned the Church’s influence and how it pressured Mormon senators to pass immigration laws impacting the State of Utah. The episode reveals apostles’ free roaming access to the back corridors of power and how adamantly they seek to control politicians, including their successes and self-serving reasons for these regularly scheduled lobbying initiatives. In the Mormons’ own words they continue to explain that 91 of 104 senators are from the LDS Church and serve as members of the Republican Party.
It may be pertinent to ask what instructions they offered Mitt in regard to PBS or how admitted lobbyists still qualify as a charity. Only now that a prophet is running for president has the institution paused meeting with legislators before each and every session. Normally apostles sit with Republicans followed by Democrats separately, to voice their concerns in a private venue where they benefit from special access to express their wishes directly. Not only is this lobbying but the Church holds fiduciary power over the senators with whom they speak. At any time the prophets can excommunicate their members and this puts elected Mormons at a distinct disadvantage to be able to act independently.
Senator Curt Bramble speaks openly about these pressures, as if it’s a normal occurrence and something to be expected. He’s also a Mormon and chairs the BYU-Marriot School of Management finance department. In another interesting turn he sits on the board of directors for ALEC. The American Legislative Exchange Council is best described as a shadow government, comprised of all Republican senators and their industry tycoon partners. Together they negotiate Bills and vote equal to one another. The legislators in turn take their messages to the state and they boast of a 20 percent success rate influencing regulations to their benefit.
Currently ALEC is a registered charity, but the Center for Media and Democracy teamed up with Common Cause to call for government inquiry. As a result of investigation they claim the group manipulates charitable status, to funnel more than $4 million in corporate gifts to senators as incentive to do their bidding. Luxury trips and accommodations are said to be covered by a tax free “scholarship fund” and some states may have figured a way to make taxpayers foot the bill for additional contributions. To elaborate, these scholarships have nothing to do with learning beyond what a company wants from government and a few items they take credit for include voter restrictions, anti-union measures and the agricultural gag laws. (See full report in PDF.)
We’ve covered almost every industry and the time has come to address the last one. The Military-Industrial Complex is a topic for which we have a duty to remain vigilant. Dwight Eisenhower spoke cautiously in his Farewell Address and in the same spirit we’ll attempt to examine just the facts.
The economy of Utah depends on the defense industry more than any other. Without it they can’t survive and according to their past financial authority Randy Rogers, the state is so reliant on armament manufacturing that it was nicknamed “an unhallowed gathering” (see pgs. 218-225). Other sources of profit are derived from oil, gas, coal and agriculture. The entire state has a population of 2.8 million, 80 percent is Caucasian (down from 91 percent in previous years) and more than half adhere to the Mormon Church. The land is vastly uninhabited beyond LDS settlements, established by Brigham Young, Romney ancestors and the apostles. Most businesses are the result of Mormon and/or military endeavors. In that regard, the LDS network is so efficient in helping members prosper that Newsweek described Utah as “the new economic Zion”. Due to religious domination, the state prohibits gambling of any sort and strictly controls the use of liquor. It is against the Mormon health code to consume alcoholic beverages so any accessibility to spirits has more to do with tourism. It is also home to the IRS.
Jonathan Browning of Browning rifle fame is another settler who followed behind the Romneys. He was a judge, legislator, arms developer and manufacturer, LDS bishop and president of the High Priests’ council. (These titles mirror the approximate and current stature of Mitt within the Church.) Upon his death, son John Moses Browning stepped in to become the prolific gunsmith. It is he who registered hundreds of patents and invented the automatic rifle, along with higher powered gas versions. The Browning family remained true to Mormonism and their legacies still support the economy of Utah today. Val Browning also split his time between weapons and the Church’s Amalgamated Sugar Co.
The next mention goes to Thiokol Chemical Company (now Morton-Thiokol); also known as a prominent Utah employer, headquarters to countless Mormons in the hierarchy and recipient of continuous contracts from the United States Armed Forces. They also conduct rocket research on behalf of the Department of Defense, with Saints leading in the development of Tomahawk technologies.
Henry Eyring led the chemistry and physics world to major advances that included solid fuels used to launch weapons of mass destruction. Much of this testing occurred in the countryside of Utah, on lands mass purchased by the government. Henry was born in Mexico when his family fled with the Romneys to avoid persecution for polygamy and he is Mitt’s cousin, however many times removed. He grew up with George Romney and upon gaining industry experience; Mr. Eyring became president of the American Chemical Society. This is a position his son Henry B. Erying inherited, as well as assumingapostleship and second-in-command of all Latter Day Saints.
In 1958 Henry Senior’s research led to Thiokol winning the contract to build the motor for Minuteman nuclear missiles. The Air Force now possesses 450 of these warheads made by Mormons.
(Minuteman missile launch, credit US Air Force)
George Alford was another Mormon in charge of top secret operations at Thiokol, as indicated by declassified records linked above. Not only did he help to produce armaments, but the company was also responsible for the engines used to launch space shuttles through NASA. A tight group of Latter Day Saints worked together designing and manufacturing the ill fated O-ring that caused the shuttleChallenger to crash, killing everyone on board including school teacher Christa McAuliffe. This is the same incident Mitt Romney refers to when speaking of the Boy Scouts flag that survived the wreckage.
Following government inquiry a book was released alleging Mormon apostles pressured officials into awarding this lucrative contract (see entry #39). It may have complicated matters that immediate Church employees were working for this company in unison. LDS Bishop Frank Lund was a prime example, additionally conducting business with Saudis in the Middle East for a quarter century. Sterling John Bennett Junior shares a similar story, but in his case it involves the development of chemical advances for the Korean War.
In the aftermath of the Challenger catastrophe Thiokol executives were then demoted. Sadly no one heeded devout Mormon Roger Boisjoly’s warnings. He was an underling and time and money were deemed more important in high profile projects. Three years later the Church’s Jon Hunstman was elected to Thiokol’s board of directors in Utah. A short time later the company purchased the Air Force Plant 78, to expand their operations in the manufacturing of ballistic missiles. Now that NASA is winding down the space shuttle program, there is much ground the company is looking to recover and if history repeats, the Mormon Church would be looking to Mitt for a helping hand.
In true LDS fashion they did not let the crash keep their entrepreneurial spirits down. The Saints were intent to diversify and through Thiokol they formed the Management and Training Corporation. We know MTC better by its private prison functions, but it is also the largest recipient of government contracts to provide training through Job Corps centers across the country.
Mormon bishop and president of the Los Angeles stake Rodney Brady, sat on the MTC board of directorsto help the company get its start. An ardent Republican, he also headed the Church’s Deseret Management Corporation while serving the Department of Health. In the company of fellow Saints, Brady also transitioned from Thiokol and served a term in the Air Force.
Bishop Craig Sudbury assumed the position of vice president at MTC (see bottom), but he owed his good fortunes to the likes of Bernie Diamond who was himself a Mormon and a man of many talents. He put up the money to purchase Management and Training Corp after working on rockets and was rewarded with a government appointment to become the national director of poverty initiatives. Even that wasn’t enough to keep Mr. Diamond busy, for he began an acting career through LDS once the company was established. You’ll best remember him from his starring role on Touched By An Angel, along with many other television shows and moves filmed by the Mormon Church. As he said upon passing, “I did it my way”.
Unfortunately those he left behind ran into trouble with the private prison enterprise. MTC was awarded a $430 million contract to operate correctional facilities in Mississippi. They now controlled 22 different locations and new legislation cracking down on illegal immigrants made the venture widely profitable, but there was still a matter of inadequate security. In Arizona 3 inmates managed to escapeand they murdered a couple from Oklahoma while on their rampage. The state conducted an inquiry and threatened to cancel business with MTC unless they brought the operation up to par by meeting a number of stipulations.
With Bernie already embarking on a different career path, he didn’t return to MTC and instead teamed up with LDS filmmaker Daryn Tufts. The latter was also spokesperson for the Questar Corporation, which amalgamated several gas and coal companies around Utah and surrounding states (PDF). It is here the fellows would connect with R.D. Cash who acted as Chairman, and Mr. Cash in turn sits amongst higher ranking Mormons on the board of Zion Bancorporation. Before we venture into the world of finance it’s only proper to mention Clarence Sargent, as the other Mormon apostle who looked after all the pipelines and attained the rank of army Captain just like most of his brothers before him.
Now the military doesn’t seem to be a prerequisite for advancing in the Church. Money managers hold the newest keys to accessing global markets and Eric Varvel is still a welcome part of the prospering Mormon family. He graduated from Brigham Young University with a BS in Finance to become the CEO of Credit Suisse Investment Bank, Securities, Group, International, Europe, Africa and the Middle East. This is the same Credit Suisse that was fined $536 million for breaking US sanctions against Iran. The bank is alleged to funnel money for Iranian Atomic Energy and Aerospace organizations, to facilitate their acquisition of nuclear and missile related weapons. Some of those material purchases were made from companies in the United States. Mr. Varvel’s name came up in a Romney fundraising controversythat originated at Credit Suisse as well. Finally, he sponsors employment through his position on the BYU National Advisory Council.
Nolan Archibald was the Executive Chairman of Black and Decker before assuming the position ofDirector at Huntsman Corp. Here he presides with Jon Senior and Jon Junior, as well as commanding the post of Director at Lockheed Martin. Within the Church he’s been a bishop, stake president of Washington, DC and now sits on the Quorum of Seventy.
Albert E. Haines has been a bishop, stake president and mission president to Germany. He grew up an army brat and became the first CAO of Salt Lake City. Albert graduated from BYU and continues to siton the school’s National Advisory Council in the company of Mitt and Tagg Romney. He’s also employed as a government contractor, setting up the infrastructure for major cities in Iraq.
Mr. Boyd K. Packer is currently the highest ranking apostle in the Quorum of Twelve. Only the Church president and two councillors hold superior positions. He’s headed the Mormon education system and graduated from BYU. Boyd also joined the Air Force in WWII and flew bombing missions against Japan.
Speaking of bombs, the name of apostle Dallin Oaks is brought to our attention once more. In the mid 1980s the Church enjoyed a business partnership with what would turn out to be a master forger and convicted murderer, Mark Hoffman. LDS spent copious amounts of the Mormon faithful’s dollars in purchase of many documents from Hoffman. They were important to the Church because they were intended to settle points of dispute regarding their history and the language of Reformed Egyptian. One work was the famous Salamander Letter that resulted in two bombings to prevent dissenters from speaking out. Hoffman confessed to these crimes when a third bomb exploded by accident in his car on the way to do another job. Dallin Oaks explained the Church was duped in these business dealings, but suggested some of the purchased artifacts are not necessarily forgeries like the Salamander Letter. These events were so serious they garnered global attention and forced the Mormon Church into a PR campaign to repair their reputation. He compared the trickery against LDS with the Hitler Diary forgeries and distanced Latter Day Saints as far as possible from their former supplier. The matter persists as an urban legend, so great that Law and Order based an episode on this material.
Richard G. Scott is another member of the Quorum of Twelve Apostles. He’s a nuclear engineer and the man who designed the nuclear reactor used by the Nautilus – the first US Navy nuclear powered submarine. He continued with classified work for the Armed Forces and then contributed to the development of the first land based nuclear power plant.
Dieter F. Uchtdorf is an apostle in the highest office of the Church. He’s second in line to become president of the religion entirely. Dieter was Senior Vice President of Lufthansa German Airlines and prior to that he flew for the German air force, as well as the American military.
His story is noteworthy and begins with father Karl serving in Hitler’s army throughout WWII. Althoughsome explanations may have been shortened, the family was part of the Sudeten Germans who voted overwhelmingly to support the dictator. They were attempting to claim land located within the bounds of Czechoslovakia and when the war struck, most of these men became members of the infamous Gestapo. As atrocities finally concluded the Czechs evicted Germans bitterly, causing Dieter’s family to take refuge and relocate to communist East Germany. He’s noted by the annals of history as one of these exceptional individuals and others in his company include the developer of Volkswagen and Porche.
Upon reaching adulthood Dieter ambitiously joined the German’s air forces and after transitioning to Lufthansa a terrifying situation befell the company. A jet was hijacked by terrorists in 1973 and it was his job to follow the plane and negotiate for it and the hostages’ release. There is no mention of his duties with US forces, but this apostle resettled and took up life in America. Uchtdorf is further credited with negotiating in Germany, to have the Mormon Church accepted and built in a communist regime. Upon giving his name and bearing testimony to officials, the Latter Day Saints were no longer questioned andenjoyed free reign as those around them were being persecuted.
This raises the issue of Saints during WWII and a surprising collection that was put together by Church history staff at Brigham Young University. According to missionary letters most of LDS was in favour of Hitler. They even took part in helping the regime trace genealogy used to weed out Jewish families. This suited their own purpose as the Church was attempting to do the same. The government was horrendously gassing them to death and the Mormons were graciously performing posthumous baptisms. Moreover they admired Hitler’s command, causing everyone to behave according to their shared principles.
The Mormons had direct contact with Hitler and missionaries reported belief he had adopted their religion. They shared their admiration that the Reich was mimicking different processes established by Latter Day Saints (begin at #3 and continue),
“In fact, during the Hitler regime the Church received some favourable press…. We didn’t see anything wrong with what they were doing. We liked Hitler. We would just eat up articles…. Other LDS Americans were impressed by Hitler and his ability to speak and motivate the people…. I’m afraid if I stayed here a few more years I would become completely Natzified myself…. You may hate Hitler but you have to acknowledge he is doing things. She praised his work with the youth and his attempts to make them a superior race….. whatever the Germans did to Jews they did not lynch them like America does the Negro…. Americans should not be too hard on the Germans…. Some missionaries talked about the positive things that Hitler did for Germany…. one government, one people, one leader.
Usually the positive comments about Hitler involved what many missionaries saw as similarities between Hitler’s plans and Church programs…. The missionaries had the impression that we were the favoured church in Germany, because the missionaries had conversed with Hitler and his buddy in the First World War was LDS…. The missionaries believed that elements of Church practices started appearing in the Nazi government…. Others said that top German officials had received copies of the Book of Mormon…. and believed Hitler had read (it)…. The new Germany (is) creating more of a feeling of unity and brotherhood through voluntary mutual help.
With Hitler’s attempts to create a superior race, Church members for the first time were encouraged in their genealogy work in Germany…. Mr. Hitler…. Is helping…. to prove that (they are) a pure blood German for at least four generations…. is the desire of each resident…. With this new emphasis records were opened up for the first time and members were encouraged…. to use them. Some even received letters…. complementing the Saints for their patriotism. (He) recalled his pleasant surprise when Church members were asked to do a radio broadcast on genealogy…. We were shocked with…. such an opportunity…. since the government regulates the radio…. We are in happy anticipation.”
What negative views are offered took little issue with Jews being carted away. Most were complaints about restrictions to minister amongst the youth who were occupied by the government. Finally they worried the German people may worship Hitler more than their God.
These views did not cease with the end of WWII and a professor of German Studies at BYU delivered a troublesome seminar assessing humans as a warlike people. At one point he sympathizes that Mormons were misled by mass hysteria, but continues to defend all the good things Hitler accomplished and describes these instances as Nazi romanticism. University staff under guidance of the Church, maintain LDS suspicions that he may have been baptized into Mormon. Before drawing parallels to George W. Bush and September 9/11 the professor concedes,
“I think everyone now experiences deep embarrassment and sadness at such statements. But the passage of time has the power to make fools of all of us if we too end up on the wrong side of history.”
Ultimately he provides reason for Mormons to reconsider their political actions as they pertain to the current war on terror. There are professional LDS apologetics whose job may be more sympathetic, but we haven’t come across a condemnation of any sort without including their mystifying support toward the purifying goals of this hideous war criminal.
Finally we meet the highest ranking Mormon patriarch. He too is an apostle and emeritus above the Quorum. Eldred G. Smith is a direct descendant of Joseph, who divined this new religion on a hilltop in New York. During WWII and from 1944-46, Eldred lived in Oak Ridge, Tennessee and presided over the area for the Church. He also worked on the top secret Manhattan Project and built the first atomic bomb that would be dropped on Hiroshima.
Although the Latter Day Saints vow they are not a political body, it seems Craig Zwick used the Church email account to solicit funds for Romney’s presidential campaign. They also excommunicated a Mormon for posting an article addressing questions about Mitt’s religion in comparison to Christianity. In a rare Salt Lake article dated from 2005, the paper describes integral political relationships between the Church and Washington, DC.
They address a special bond Mormons share with the CIA, as well as the network of political power players that Saints have at their disposal. In congress they continue to occupy key positions in the Treasury Department and they’re advisors on matters of international affairs, land and torture intelligence. It was a Mormon who provided President Bush with the false weapons of mass destruction memo and another who monitored Libya’s weapons plus the Chinese embargo.
In an excited moment Karl Rove is celebrated for selling the Church to the Bush White House, “as a strong ally if treated well”. Omar Kader is well known as the Palestinian Mormon who also founded theUnited Palestinian Appeal, served as administrator of BYU and acts as a government contractor in the Middle East. He is credited with using his connections to get the Church accepted into Jordan.
When Republicans control the Oval Office there are countless opportunities for Saints, including Secretary of State offices in departments like African Affairs, Domestic Affairs, National Security, Health, Education and with the Attorney General. Mormon politicians proudly admit to funding Utah infrastructure projects because of obligations to their faith and doing government business within the Church. They say “everybody does it” and this is completely normal. If connections within the CIA appeared to be one track minded, then worry not for Mormon icon David Eccles was used as a bridge tothe FBI as well.
In a world of subjective truth we can see the reason for Mitt’s “no comments” when it comes to inquiries about his relationship with the Church and in what capacity he serves their agenda. In the meantime the Mormon Legion reports to be forming a lobby to push their family values on the network at Capitol Hill. It’s unclear how Romney can profess to be separate when his cohorts are already celebrating, but perhaps America will ask deeper questions before heading to the ballot box. Placing a theocratic-military-industrial complex in charge of the country has been cautioned against by a great many men, women and youths. It’s little wonder why Mitt speaks the way he does about the 47 percent and don’t forget about Big Bird if you were counting on free speech after the election and a Mormon-Republican win.
(US President George W. Bush with Latter Day Saints/apostle executive, 2006)
If you arrived here out of succession, below are links to previous entries in the series:
Part 1: Religious Royalty – The history of Mitt’s family founding, writing and establishing the Mormon faith, literally in 1830. Describes his claim to royalty within the organization, akin to assuming the position of a Pope. He’s hardly just a volunteer and Latter Day Saints are not Christian as advertised by the Republican campaign team. In fact, they harbor many odd beliefs that include their superiority over Christians and Jews. Also explains their assertion that America is the real Garden of Eden and Zion – replacing both the Bible and Israel as God’s covenant people on earth. Last but not least you’ll learn how Mitt is a modern day apostle, able to receive revelations from the heavens as God’s right hand man and a living man-god himself. Mormon is a specifically political and corporate entity, crafted behind the veils of charity and this history is important to know since all his policies are built upon it.
Part 2: Warring for President – Describes the many wars Mitt’s family pursued to establish a theocratic (religious) government. Also depicts their hand in creating the first banks that printed funny money and what it’s like to live under Mormon rule.
Part 3: Theo-democracy – Mitt Romney’s mandated and true goal is creating the “government of God” on earth. This segment offers a good look at the first theocratic state legislature they were able to found in Utah and what murders were associated with keeping it that way. ”There was no separation of church and state because the Latter Day Saints considered all the affairs of the kingdom of God to be one, whether spiritual, economic or political”.
Part 4: Blacks, Jews, Indians & Christians – The most racist entry of the series describes Mitt Romney’s beliefs about Blacks, Jews and Indians. They’re considered “vile” and “dark skinned” as a mark of sin and a way for Mormons to identify and keep them from their midst. It’s troublesome and daunting to read, but true of Mormons none the less. Mentions Mark Twain’s real meeting with Mitt’s grandparents and his scathing review of their doctrine. Also discusses Latter Day Saints’ belief they are “white and delightsome” while everyone else is lesser than their kind. Further insults toward Jews and Christians say they must repent and become Mormon or else suffer the Church’s consequences. Blacks are seen as their servants and Indian children were taken away only to be abused in Mormon foster homes. Closes with a video from Mitt’s son Tagg Romney, addressing the importance of Mormon fundamentals taking higher priority than matters of business and government. Offers a good picture of what an LDS theocratic presidency would look like today.
Part 5: Good Ole Dad – Shows the vicious and violent material Mitt teaches to his Sunday School students. Focuses largely on George W. Romney (his father) and the family’s personal support of racism and anti-Semitism. Then describes the Romney Institute of Public Management that offers religious degrees in political science to help them overtake the government.
Part 6: Church Business – Introduces the Mormon concept of “competitive cooperative capitalism” and how it clashes repeatedly with anti trust convictions (think socialism for CEOs and the battles that rage across today’s headlines). Brings the faith’s relationship with prolific, illegal arms dealers into focus and every business the Church owns. As Mormon executives they control current American banking. They are the largest commercial food manufacturers, largest American land owners, largest private producer of dirty coal energy and yet they’re a charity so they don’t pay associated tax. Mormons are so protective of their empire that they created a spy ring to keep whistle blowers equally controlled.
Part 7: Insider trading – Who does Mitt Romney owe? Some of the most powerful men in America who also happen to be Mormons, made by their own network. Also looks at religious degrees to head combat for the military and actual training to kill in the name of a Mormon God (as devised by Mitt and his family, in defiance of the plan to counter terrorism). Truly bizarre, unsettling and current; not to mention Mitt sits on the board of directors to keep it so. Segment investigates the way this Mormon network is set up to control most powerful businesses in America and what anti trust convictions resulted nearly every time. They pursue “competitive cooperative capitalism” no matter the consequence and these actions contribute to market meltdowns repeatedly – including now. Surprising revelations include the strategy to run Mormons against Mormons in the political arena, to ensure they operate the country no matter who wins. This is precisely the way Mitt was selected as the Republican candidate for President. They even have a major hand in illegally manipulating LIBOR and if you thought Mitt agreed to support gays in the Boy Scouts please think again. Most don’t know the Church operates the Boy Scouts program and are responsible for the sexual offenders secret files involved in lawsuits.
Part 8: Church Power – Located above on this page. Deals with Mormons illegally helping Iran acquire nuclear weapons in defiance of US sanctions. Looks at their direct hand in the Holocaust and sympathy for Hitler, exploding the space shuttle Challenger and the Mormon empire built on nuclear weapons. Also explains the truth behind PBS and why Mitt is gunning to shut them down. From Mormon control of private prisons to developing the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima (Manhattan Project), the Romneys are connect to the whole kit and caboodle. They are after all, the creators of Mormon and have every base covered from CIA spies to Supreme Court Justices who alter the law to the network’s benefit.
(Please forgive any typos or grammatical nightmares! Unfortunately due to the timing of US elections, it wasn’t possible to edit before publishing. This research took longer to assemble than anticipated and enlightened more issues than I expected at the onset. Expedience became more important than polishing and I ask for your patience after writing non-stop. The information is well-sourced and I invite you visit the many hyperlinks provided. It’s there you’ll find every detail I couldn’t manage to squeeze in. Thank you.)