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Mitt Romney’s Mormon faith tangles with a quirk of Arkansas history (Mountain Meadows card played)
Washington Post ^ | May 20, 2012 | Sandhya Somashekhar

Posted on 05/21/2012 7:33:28 AM PDT by Seizethecarp

CARROLLTON, Ark. — On the wildflower-studded slopes of the Ozarks, where memories run long and family ties run thick, a little-known and long-ago chapter of history still simmers.

On Sept. 11, 1857, a wagon train from this part of Arkansas met with a gruesome fate in Utah, where most of the travelers were slaughtered by a Mormon militia in an episode known as the Mountain Meadows Massacre. Hundreds of the victims’ descendants still populate these hills and commemorate the killings, which they have come to call “the first 9/11.”

Many of the locals grew up hearing denunciations of Mormonism from the pulpit on Sundays, and tales of the massacre from older relatives who considered Mormons “evil.”

“There have been Fancher family reunions for 150 years, and the massacre comes up at every one of them,” said Scott Fancher, 58, who traces his lineage back to 26 members of the wagon train, which was known as the Fancher-Baker party. “The more whiskey we drunk, the more resentful we got.”

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Politics/Elections; US: Arkansas
KEYWORDS: mormonism; mountainmeadows; romney
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To: ansel12

LOL... and I thought that liberals are idiots with low IQ... Do you really think that voters are going to be more effected by an event that happened in 1857, before the Civil War, and tie this event to Romney and then they are going to be OK with Obama muslim Kenyan father, muslim Indonesian step father, his muslim upgringing and then being a disciple of Jeremiah Wright? If Liberals are going to make religion as an issue we are going to crush them and crush Obama in these elections is a way they cannot even imagine in their worst nightmare.

81 posted on 05/21/2012 1:39:45 PM PDT by jveritas (God bless our brave troops)
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To: svcw

Because who gives a damn about an event that occured in 1857, before the Civil War, and how the hell Romney has anything to do with this? This is insane and the only people who would accept this without laughing their ass off are the stupid liberals and those on our side who hate Romney...

82 posted on 05/21/2012 1:43:36 PM PDT by jveritas (God bless our brave troops)
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To: svcw
No point explaining what should be obvious to y'all, apparently. But I'll try anyway.

The goal of the Wash Post here is to sow confusing into independent voters about Romney in order to help Obama. So the same folks who have ignored the utter lack of documentation for Obama in this life are raising something from 150 years ago as an issue for Romney.

And apparently, in your loathing for Mormonism, you are more than glad to wave the Wash Post hatchet yourself.

And who cares if they'll be attacking someone like Sarah Palin tomorrow? Go, Wash Post! Git dem Mormons! Show 'em good!

And I really don't care about Mormons, one way or the other. Nor do I have any inkling or desire to support Mitt, and my posting history bears that out.

But I see the MSM/DNC axis of evil as a much greater long-term threat to this country than Mitt or Mormons.

Apparently, you feel otherwise, so we'll just have to leave it at that.

83 posted on 05/21/2012 1:44:13 PM PDT by dirtboy
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To: jveritas

Lashing out with personal insults did not help your point, whatever it was.

Mitt Romney is the candidate now, today, not before the Civil War.

How did you get so confused about this post?

*”Really, a radical black minister and a parishioner, versus a leader in a polytheistic cult?
A man who is destined to become a God?”

84 posted on 05/21/2012 1:58:04 PM PDT by ansel12 ( The first American vote for a man who believes that he will become literally God, an actual deity.)
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To: Tennessee Nana

Mitt will be a fine President. The Lord will take of it.

85 posted on 05/21/2012 2:07:24 PM PDT by Deb (Beat him, strip him and bring him to my tent!)
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To: All

I voted for Mitt Romney the first day of early voting in Arkansas.
Tomorrow, Tuesday May 22, is primary day in Arkansas and the Republican slate has good conservatives down ticket as well as Mitt Romney at the top. I was proud to vote
straight Republican from top to bottom.

86 posted on 05/21/2012 2:21:10 PM PDT by mountainfolk ( God bless America)
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To: Tennessee Nana
Willie Mitty does not respect the beliefs of other religions like Christianity, Judaism etc

I love irony. It's so .... ironic

87 posted on 05/21/2012 2:23:17 PM PDT by Servant of the Cross (the Tea Party movement: more obstinate, unyielding and hostile to Democrats Â…)
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To: Deb

RomneyBot the doings of the Mormon god or gods might be directed by men...

But not the LORD Jesus Christ...

He is God ALmighty and He tells men what to do...

You cannot sin and expect the God of the Christian Bible to clean up your mess...

It doesnt happen that way...

He just laughs at you ...

88 posted on 05/21/2012 4:04:04 PM PDT by Tennessee Nana (Why should I vote for Bishop Romney when he hates me because I am a Christian)
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To: Deb
I like Mormons. I think they’re nice. And God loves them.

I hate MORMONism. I know it is a heresy. GOD says to point this out.

89 posted on 05/22/2012 4:45:51 AM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going)
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To: Tennessee Nana
Its the Mormon doctrines and tenets that are not acceptable to many...


Come ON now Nana; admit it!

You KNOW you'd love to be a GODDESS!!

The Doctrine and Covenants

Section 132

Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Nauvoo, Illinois, recorded 12 July 1843, relating to the new and everlasting covenant, including the eternity of the marriage covenant, and also the plurality of wives (see History of the Church, 5:501–7). Although the revelation was recorded in 1843, it is evident from the historical records that the doctrines and principles involved in this revelation had been known by the Prophet since 1831.

1–6, Exaltation is gained through the new and everlasting covenant; 7–14, The terms and conditions of that covenant are set forth; 15–20, Celestial marriage and a continuation of the family unit enable men to become gods; 21–25, The strait and narrow way leads to eternal lives; 26–27, The law is given relative to blasphemy against the Holy Ghost; 28–39, Promises of eternal increase and exaltation are made to prophets and Saints in all ages; 40–47, Joseph Smith is given the power to bind and seal on earth and in heaven; 48–50, The Lord seals upon him his exaltation; 51–57, Emma Smith is counseled to be faithful and true; 58–66, Laws governing the plurality of wives are set forth.



 16Therefore, when they are out of the world they neither marry nor are given in amarriage; but are appointed angels in bheaven, which angels are ministering cservants, to minister for those who are worthy of a far more, and an exceeding, and an eternal weight of glory.

 17For these angels did not abide my law; therefore, they cannot be enlarged, but remain separately and singly, without exaltation, in their saved condition, to all eternity; and from henceforth are not gods, but are aangels of God forever and ever.

 18And again, verily I say unto you, if a man marry a wife, and make a covenant with her for time and for all eternity, if that a