Mitt Romney will be the Republican nominee for president. As a Mormon, Romney may become the first non-Christian president of the United States. With president Obama we had our first African American president, something unimaginable a couple of decades ago. It is something to be proud of! American society is evolving.
Now we have the possibility of our first Mormon president. This is a very good thing: a stride forward for religious freedom. Mormons are nice people, and even if I don’t share their beliefs, I respect their beliefs and wish them well. A Mormon president would free American politics from the control of the Christian right. If Mitt Romney is elected president that will mean the evangelical Christian right’s political power has been tamed. The evangelical lion will lose its roar.
Mormons have some crazy beliefs, but which religion doesn’t? One religion is no wackier then any other. The story of Joseph Smith and the beginning of Mormonism are filled with supernatural/paranormal events. The origin of the Book of Mormon began with the plates of Nephi, a manuscript engraved with Egyptian characters on plates of gold written by the angel Moroni.
This story reminds me of Enochian, the language of angels channeled by John Dee and Edward Kelley in the 16th-century. Did Joseph Smith encounter the same entities that gave John Dee his “Language of Angels”? Did Joseph Smith channel Enochian spirits? Was Smith a spiritual medium? Is Mormonism essentially Enochian angel magic?
I can understand why Christians may have issues with Mormonism. But maybe Moses was a shaman, a spiritual medium/channeler as well. Moses communicated with a divine spirit, as did Joseph Smith. Who is to judge any of this? That is why we have freedom of religion.
For those of us who embrace freedom of religion, having a Mormon president would be wonderful. Mormons are a tiny minority, and thus can’t impose their beliefs on the wider society even if they wanted. Evangelical Christians are a majority, and they work very hard to legislate their beliefs into law. I prefer religion to be politically neutral. A Mormon president would help accomplish that.
January 21 UPDATE: Newt Gingrich won the South Carolina Republican primary. Outside of politics, what is the religious significance of this? An adulterer who converted to Catholicism won over a Mormon. Not so long ago Catholics were considered to be outside of Christianity. In the 1960s President John F. Kennedy was elected the first Catholic president. That was considered a significant issue back then. Nowadays it seems that such a controversy was so…damn ass backwards. Christian Republicans can now nominate America’s first Mormon presidential nominee. Will they do it?
Below is a video by occultist Lon Milo duQuette concerning Enochian Angel magic: