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Billboard to Do What No Debate Has Done - REALLY Address Romney's Faith October 21, 2012 23:46 36 Comments

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="640"] I hope people can read tiny fine print as a mobile billboard zooms by. Because it's important. It's a real hope! I'm not being sarcastic! (Source: CNN)[/caption]

Organized Atheists Stick to the Plan of Using the Billboard as Their Only Tactic - BUT ON WHEELS

American Atheists have licked their wounds (has? wound?) after having their billboards pulled from the convention area in North Carolina a few months back, and have returned with a vengeance.  A billboard-powered vengeance!  ...It's a mild, easy-going sort of vengeance, according to a recent story from CNN.

While Mitt Romney campaigns in Florida leading up to his final showdown with the President, cruising the mean streets of the muggiest place on Earth will be a mobile billboard condemning the Mittster's religion for its exclusionist practices.  The billboard refers to the doctrine preventing black people from serving as priests (who am I kidding? Black men.  Women will ALWAYS be NEVER allowed to do ANYTHING), that is, until 1978, when Kolob's Space God sent a magic message to change the law.  It also refers to the ongoing discrimination towards the homosexual community (who am I kidding again? Gays.  Because lesbians will ALWAYS be NEVER considered IMPORTANT).

But! A twist! Mormons say that the billboard's claims are inaccurate!

"People are surely free to disagree with us on the facts," Dale Jones, a church spokesman, quickly damage-controlled in an email to CNN.  "This group seems not to know that there have been black members of the Church since our earliest history, and there are many faithful gay members of the Church today."

That's a very good point.  American Atheists just don't have the facts!   LIke the fact that, even though they're have always been black members of the Mormon church, they were originally prevented from becoming priests (something EVERY SINGLE MALE MEMBER of the Mormon church becomes) because every single black person has the mark of Cain and is a descendant of Bigfoot. (By the way, this didn't change in that "revelation.")  Or the fact that 80 to 90 percent of the door-to-door volunteers pioneering for Proposition 8 (the California state amendment that would only allow the union between a man and a woman be recognized and valid in the state) were of the LDS team, and that almost 200 grand was spent by the Mormon church towards Prop 8.  Yep. A church spent its funds to influence legislation of the right-refusing variety.  Exactly what they're not really supposed to do.

So, yes, feel free to point out that you do have specific demographics in your congregation.  But don't try to hide the face that you may not exactly want them there.

Go billboard, go billboard, go!  I feel like our store needs a Mormon shirt....


ExMormons On Mitt August 13, 2012 15:09 5 Comments

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="503"] A billboard advertising ex-Mormon support groups; Mormon pioneer leader Brigham Young in front of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Temple in Salt Lake City; Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney; ex-Mormon Sue Emmett. (Source: Getty Images; AP Photo)[/caption]

Brigham Young's descendant on Mormons and Mitt

The Daily Beast has caught up with Sue Emmett, the great-great-granddaughter of Brigham Young and current president of the ExMormon Foundation, to get her take on why she left the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and how she feels about current Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney.  Brigham Young, if you don't know, was the founder of Salt Lake City and the Mormon president and prophet for 30 years, and is famous for stating, about increasing his flock, quote, "I don't care how you bring 'em, just bring 'em young."

Ahem.

Emmett's comments fall right in line with what I've heard about Mormonism - it spends most of its money promoting the image that many of its followers expemplify: honest, wholesome family values.  That's so you don't know about A) all the crazy stuff, and B) all the intolerant crap, most of which Emmett details in her quest for equal treatment as a Mormon woman.  When talking about Romney, she brings up the White Horse Prophecy, which sounds like something out of a Stephen King novel, but is probably at the forefront of Mitt's mind, no matter how much he says it isn't.  The thing that astonished me the most? Emmett is of the opinion that Mitt's father, George Romney, who ran for President in 1968, "would have made a much better president. In many ways the church was more benign then than it is now.”  Staggering.  Apparently, at the height of rampant racism within the Mormon church, it was MORE BENIGN than it is now.  Yeesh.  Take the time to click here and read the full article over at The Daily Beast.