THEOCRATIC HORROR STATES OF AMERICA
by Timothy Rollins, Editor and Columnist
With Mitt Romney's religion having been headlined in the news over the weekend, you just KNEW that Tim was going to jump into the fray - which he did, and here he is.
October 10, 2011
In Friday's Values Voters Summit in Dallas, America found out for itself that the true colors of its loudmouths and radicals are not that different from one another; that when exposed publicly for all to see, Robert Jeffress (right), a senior pastor at First Baptist Church in Dallas, is really no different than the likes of al-Qaeda, in that they both wage their own strain of jihad against those they perceive as infidels.
Whereas al-Qaeda declares war against the West, the bug stuck cross-ways in Jeffress' shorts seems to be against The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, more commonly known as the Mormons, which in the interests of full disclosure, I also am a member. The more interesting angle to look at more closely is the motives behind the two.
Al-Qaeda's motive is simply to kill the Great Satan. With Jeffress, there seems to be only one motive that comes to mind, and it seems to me far more often than not, that his motives are financial .like perhaps his next Mercedes payment.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - the very religion Jeffress made it a highly public point to single out as a cult - is the fourth largest Christian denomination in the United States and Canada, and in the 181 years since its formal organization in 1830, has gone on to become one of the world's leading religions, as well as an internationally recognized force for good in bettering the lives of millions the world over.
Mr. Jeffress' church in Dallas has some 10,000 members in his congregation; as a mega-church, I suppose those to be impressive numbers. However, many in America would be far more impressed to know that there is a vibrant Mormon community in the Dallas area that exceeds more than twice the membership of Jeffress' church. What the beauty of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is in comparison is not the numbers, as much as it is the lives of the individual church members themselves, who live their lives with quiet dignity as they go about following the Savior's charge, that being, "as I have loved you, that ye also love one another." (John 13:34, KJV); it is NOT tearing down the faith of other people.
Living in Oklahoma, I'm also a member of the Oklahoma Conservative Political Action Committee whose President - Charlie Meadows - is not only a fine Christian gentleman, but also a friend and a mentor, who has blessed my life in many ways as an example of kindness, civility and sensitivity to others.
On April 20th, 2011, at our regular OCPAC meeting, we had the opportunity of hearing from Rick Scarborough, a former Southern Baptist pastor, who heads Vision America out of the Houston area. During the course of his remarks, a member of the OCPAC group asked him if Glenn Beck - who is widely and highly regarded as a positive influence in helping people return to the Constitution as an original source material for good government - to which Scarborough said that "Beck needs to get out of his cult."
I loudly objected to his reference to Mormons as being a cult when I responded by saying, "Watch your words carefully, sir!"; this I did in defense of my faith, for while very much imperfect, I am indeed a practicing Mormon, in fact, the only one in the room. Suffice it to say, Scarborough was not happy with me; nonetheless, I was polite and fair, but nonetheless firm, when I reminded him of this truth:
"When a man makes fun of and/or ridicules the faith of another, he makes fun of and ridicules all religions, particularly his own, as in doing so, he shows his own lack of faith as well as his infidelity to beliefs he has covenanted to hold dear and sacred both to himself and to his Maker."
Rule #1 in my life has always been: "Never apologize for the truth; It will always stand on its own."
Until loudmouth unholy warriors and rabble rousers like Jeffress and others
like him start placing their country before their livelihoods, then America
is headed for another four years of Barack Obama, and just like Sharron Angle's
loudmouthed preacher went off his nut against the Mormons last year, giving
Harry Reid six more years in the Senate, Jeffers' claim on CNN that religion
is THE most important quality in the White House, only serves to show that his
own brand of jihad is far more dangerous than anything al-Qaeda can dish up.
© 2011 Timothy Rollins
A veteran freelance writer, Timothy Rollins brings a wealth of political
and military experience dating back more than three decades. He is a freelance
writer and policy analyst living in Oklahoma who has been featured both on television
and radio. He has appeared both in online publications as well as in print newspapers
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