When Salt Lake City Calls

October 25, 2007

Is there a conflict between Mormonism and the public trust?

Filed under: New Book — Rocky Hulse @ 10:32 pm

     The old cliché, “Don’t judge a book by its cover,” is certainly applicable to this work.  In today’s “politically correct” world, resist the temptation to dismiss this book offhand as the author’s bigoted sentiments because he doesn’t like a particular Mormon candidate for office. Nothing could be further from the truth. This book will present documented evidence that most Americans are simply unaware of. Presenting documented evidence to educate people about the beliefs and teachings of a religion does not make one a bigot, nor does it make one a persecutor of those holding to the views the evidence elucidates. It simply makes me a reporter of the information and allows you as the reader to judge it as you will.

     The idea of a conflict existing between a Mormon’s responsibilities in an elected, or appointed, public office and their religious beliefs is not a whimsical contrivance by the author. The conflict does exist. Absolute obedience to the Mormon Priesthood, and the belief that Mormon leaders are “prophets, seers, and revelators,” who are God’s living oracles on earth and take precedence over everything else, is the foundation from which Mormonism springs. These foundational beliefs of Mormonism are alive and well today and are part and parcel of the faith, and are in direct conflict with Mormon politicians and government officials being independent and not under the absolute control of a religious hierarchy. The evidence for this conflict will be presented in this book.

      Leave the “I heard,” or the “I was told,” myths at the water cooler. What are the facts?

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  1. Rather than dismiss the author’s bigoted sentiments because he doesn’t agree with a particular Mormon candidate, as he suggests, perhaps the reader should consider the exact phrases he provides for us.

    Beginning at the author’s final statements: in closing, Hulse calls himself “a Mormon for 31 years.” This likely attempt to improve his credibility with the reader is strange, however, as Hulse makes no comment on his activity in the church throughout his life. Did he serve a two-year, full-time volunteer service mission? Indeed, the fact that “his beliefs [were] challenged by his born-again wife” questions how well versed he was in Mormon doctrine. Furthermore, the fact that he married a born-again woman suggests he was not a strictly observant Mormon to begin with, as faithful Mormons generally choose to marry other faithful Mormons in sacred temples since this permits such marriages to endure beyond the grave should the couple remain faithful.

    Additionally, the author proclaims that he “now devotes his time to educating others about the truth of the Mormon Church”, which he candidly calls “inherently false”. This leaves little doubt about the agenda or degree of objectivity of the author.

    This lack of objectivity taints much of his remaining assertions, i.e. that the presenting of “documented evidence” does not make one a persecutor or a bigot. Indeed, those familiar with the mainstream media readily observe that the same news item related by different sources will leave the reader with different conclusions; similarly, the way “documented evidence” is spliced, organized, and presented can easily change its tone and implications. Ironically, this gracious overture of despising persecution smacks of an attempt at the same type of political correctness the author just previously encouraged his readers to abandon in choosing to buy his book.

    Next, the author implies that a Mormon public servant would give “absolute obedience” to this strange, radical scepter of a Mormon priesthood. This unknown, foreign, and sinister-sounding possibility serves to scare the uninformed into believing that a Mormon president could suddenly become the puppet ruler of the church itself, forced to follow the church for fear of breaking religious obligations, while in reality the church’s Articles of Faith as delineated by founder, the prophet Joseph Smith Jr, state: “We believe in being subject to kings, presidents, rulers, and magistrates, in obeying, honoring, and sustaining the law.”

    And in passing, few people other than Hulse, let alone everyone, asked during Mitt Romney’s bid for the presidency if the Mormon Church was the ultimate lobbyist or if the numerous Mormons in public service, including Senator Harry Reid (Senate Majority leader, practicing Mormon), “had been forced by their religious beliefs to make a decision contrary to all logic, reason, facts, or evidence”. In addition, in an age where dishonesty in public office is rampant and integrity is desperately needed, might the fact that religious Mormons are generally upstanding people that are capable of maintaining allegiances perhaps make them even more capable of being trusted as public servants?

    Ironically, the born-again religion Hulse espouses also springs from obedience to a series of prophets, seers, and revelators whose past oracles still demand adherence today; to contend otherwise would be to negate the teachings of the Christ they proclaim to follow. Indeed, Hulse’s argument may be easily extended to any philosophically or religiously observant person. Essentially, his contention is that because a religion person adheres to a set of beliefs, the goals and the means of achieving those goals will be somehow be diametrically opposed to the goals and means of accomplishing the goals of public service. Again, ironically, he need only read the Book of Mormon espoused by the Mormon Church to see numerous examples of how religious obligations and public service may be balanced.

    Comment by egalitarianism — May 21, 2010 @ 9:37 pm | Reply

  2. @ egalitarianism,

    Rather than make ad-homenin attacks against a person, it might have served you well to be better informed instead of making false statements.

    At the moment Rocky is with his NJROTC High School students (30) aboard a Naval ship for the weekend. He will return late this Sunday evening and will address your unfounded comments.
    ~ Helen Hulse

    Comment by Rocky Hulse — May 22, 2010 @ 9:40 am | Reply


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