Are Mormons Christians?

Today Glenn Beck said it was “Romney’s turn” for the 2012 GOP nomination. I believe in the First Amendment and the separation of church and state, but many listeners said they could not support Romney because he was a “Mormon and not a Christian.” Beck is also a Mormon and Romney’s religion is certain to have a prominent role in the 2012 campaign. The Constitution does not stipulate that a President must accept a certain version of Christianity, or any religion.
This is not the first time this has happened in American politics. In 1908 the GOP presidential candidate was William Howard Taft, a Unitarian. His religious beliefs were criticized because his church did not believe in the Trinity. Taft was easily elected by defeating William Jennings Bryan who was making his third attempt for the presidency.
The dictionary defines a Christian as “one who professes belief in Jesus as Christ.” Mormons are Christians and the official name is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Mormons describe themselves as Christians and they believe Jesus is the son of God who atoned for the sins of mankind. The Book of Mormon says “Jesus Christ Himself is the chief corner stone” of our faith.
Most Mormons I know are better Christians than the rest of us, and they certainly have good morals. They do not agree with some of my beliefs, but neither do the Democrats! The bottom line is that Mormons are Christians and the Scripture says, “Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and ye shall be saved.”
LDS President Gordon B. Hinckley addressed this topic: “Are we Christians? Of course we are! No one can honestly deny that. We may be somewhat different from the traditional pattern of Christianity. But no one believes more literally in the redemption wrought by the Lord Jesus Christ. No one believes more fundamentally that He was the Son of God, that He died for the sins of mankind, that He rose from the grave, and that He is the living resurrected Son of the living Father.”
The Mormon church uses two sources as its primary authorities: the Book of Mormon and the Bible. The Christian church uses the Holy Bible alone as its authority from God. Joseph Smith is not recognized as a prophet.
Regarding life after death, the Mormon church maintains that although there is temporary punishment for those that are most wicked, Jesus Christ will establish a new kingdom that will consist of three levels: the celestial kingdom, the terrestrial kingdom, and the telestial kingdom. The Christian church holds that there are only two possible fates after death, heaven or hell. These locations are final, both physically and spiritually.

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A Christmas Message From My Parents by Gregg Hilton

The true spirit of this season reflects a dedication to helping those in need, giving hope to those in despair, and spreading understanding throughout the Earth. As we enjoy the traditions of this holiday, I am sure you share my gratitude for the men and women in the military who are working to defend freedom, and advancing peace and safety around the world.
The vast majority of my friends and associates are politically active. They represent a wide range of views on our political spectrum, and they all have good intentions. As Theodore Roosevelt said, the credit for our progress belongs to people in the political arena – “who know great enthusiasms and devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”
No matter where we are on the political spectrum, we all want to make this world a better place. We are doing what we can to effect change. To lift one another up and to bring a better life for all. This is a central message in all religions.
Christ said, “Love one another as I have loved you.” St. Francis of Assisi told us “For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.” In caring for one another we find purpose in life. When we stand for freedom, human rights and those who are less fortunate, we are fighting for each other.
My parents have passed away but at Christmas I am always reminded of some of our family traditions. I still remember my mother reading and explaining “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens. Her message was neither unique nor especially profound, and I was just 6 years old when she read it the first time. She felt it was important for a small child to understand why Ebenezer Scrooge was so unhappy. He had everything as far as material wealth was concerned, but he had been miserable for decades.
There are many people today who have an outlook similar to Ebenezer. They believe happiness comes from material possessions. They are delaying their happiness until they have a new house, car, job or the improved version of some product. My mother said Ebenezer Scrooge was unhappy not because of a failure to get but to give, and she wanted me to know this was the most important message of Christmas.
My parents were instrumental to the happiness of the first half of my life, but they will not know the second half. Their lesson was to find happiness by looking around you. What are your opportunities to give with joy? This is your best chance to find happiness at midlife.
May you always keep fighting the good fight.
“Peace on Earth, and Goodwill Toward Men.” (Luke 2:14)

A Losing Cause: Trying to Stop Offensive Libertarian Comments

I have written many articles critical of the Libertarian Party and its leader, Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX). My articles have primarily attacked their isolationist foreign policy and advocacy of a wide range of silly conspiracy theories. Not surprisingly, the Libertarians have fired back. They should defend their viewpoint, and that is what democracies dialogue is all about.
The personal attacks do not bother me, but I have encountered several highly disturbing and offensive comments. Some of them are reprinted below but I have erased the curse words. My efforts to encourage the Libertarians to tone down their rhetoric, and to avoid curse words as well as racial and ethnic slurs, have not been successful.
I try not to be judgmental and our first amendment guarantee of freedom of speech is very important. I do not want to censor anyone, but I felt compelled to act in the situations below. About 90 percent of these comments are from Libertarians and and the other 10 percent are from members of the John Birch Society and the Constitution Party. I am certainly not blaming all Libertarians for the anti-Semitic and racist views of this small group of radicals.
I have told people that reducing high voltage language allows their intelligence to shine through. Profane language is not profound, and people swear and attack ethnic and minority groups when they are out of control. Once again, it does not bother me if people disagree with my viewpoint, but the comments below have all crossed the line.

* Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) is a murderer and doesn’t deserve to live! The DEATH penalty is still applicable in CA as far as I know. I still want a retard to rape her before executing this slut. Get out of my country you piece of shit. I am sick and tired of her.

* Muslims are all animals and need to go see the 72 maggots that await them in hell.

* The PRESIDENT of the United States who is DELIBERATELY and knowingly DESTROYING America!!!! In my book, he’s a TRAITOR, an ILLEGAL ALIEN. But NEVER an American. REVOLUTION NOW, GODDAMMIT!!! I hope we can undo what this bastard has done to our country. Then we can throw him out of America, and put him somewhere in Africa for the carnivores.

* Blacks and latinos are parasites on those of us who work hard. They all voted for Mama Bama because they know he’ll give them free handouts while they breed like fleas. They take, take, take until we’re a nation of peasants. This is why they were enslaved in the first place, it was a no-brainer that if we granted them freedom, this is exactly what would happen.

* There are no words strong enough or dirty enough to describe these subhuman environmentalists. They are useless pieces of human flesh. Al Gore, I really am out of words describing what I wanna do with you.

* Get rid of the f–king Jews from the USA and you will get rid of Arab desire to destroy good Americans. Your Jew loving ways will destroy you. Send em home and let em fight their own battles. We don’t care about the Middle East.

* Geez, that’s a surprise. The majority of Latinos support government healthcare. Isn’t it what they have back home, in their banana republics? And isn’t it what they want… Everything for FREE? So they think… They are idiot morons.

* Who ever supports Obama should also be tried for treason.

* The biggest problem in the Arab world is the lack of pornography. Arabs need more porn. If they watched porn all the time, there would be peace in the world. Watch porn, masturbate and relax, no time or energy for wars.

I am also disappointed in former Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-CO) who continues to say the United States should bomb the Muslim holy sites in Mecca and Medina if another militant terrorist attack happens on American soil.
Tancredo does not see a distinction between a small group of militants from the rest of the one billion plus Muslims worldwide who want peace. We should not be attacking an entire religious population with followers living around the globe.
There are militants in many faiths. A few extremist Christians have bombed abortion clinics. No one suggested bombing Christian holy sites in Jerusalem as a retaliation. It is always wrong to stir up religious hatred.

The Biblical Teachings of Passover and Easter

Then came the day of Unleavened Bread, on which the Passover lamb had to be sacrificed. So Jesus sent Peter and John, saying, "Go and prepare the Passover for us, that we may eat it." They said to him, "Where will you have us prepare it?" He said to them, "Behold, when you have entered the city, a man carrying a jar of water will meet you. Follow him into the house that he enters and tell the master of the house, 'The Teacher says to you, Where is the guest room, where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?' And he will show you a large upper room furnished; prepare it there." And they went and found it just as he had told them, and they prepared the Passover (Luke 22:7-13).
At sundown today, Jews across the world are gathering for a Seder dinner as a part of Passover. They are commemorating the flight of Hebrews from slavery in Egypt more than 3,000 years ago. They left Egypt in the hope of a new life in a promised land. The universal message for Jews and Gentiles is the same. Resurrection life is available to all who trust in God and receive new life through His Son.
The biblical teachings of Passover and Easter are similar. The Last Supper was a Passover Seder. Jesus was with 11 of his disciples. He was introduced by John the Baptist who said “Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.” (John 1:29).The Christian celebration of Easter has its roots in Jewish tradition.
Many of the observations can be found in “Resurrection: The Power of God for Christians and Jews.” It was co-authored by two Harvard scholars, one Jewish and the other Catholic, and it is a superb treatment of a core belief in Judaism and Christianity — resurrection.
Passover, more than any other Jewish holiday, revolves around food. Upon arriving to Seder there is an hour or so of rituals and prayers before the celebrants eat. But Passover is about the food because the holiday commemorates and celebrates the freedom of the enslaved Israelites — a holiday about the Exodus and the subsequent discovery of the land of milk and honey, must be celebrated with extravagant culinary treasures that prompt feelings of prosperity. Moreover, because there are special dietary restrictions during the week of Passover (i.e. no unleavened bread) the restricted menu narrows the possible options, making every Seder similar in its culinary offerings.

Holy Week and the Importance of Religious Tolerance by Gregory Hilton

Passover, Good Friday and Easter all Occur During Holy Week

Passover, Good Friday and Easter all Occur During Holy Week


The eternal message of Holy Week is conquering sin, death and evil, and Easter is my favorite service of the year. Easter is about our lives today, and its message is especially relevant for those who are encountering difficulties. This victory over death promises us a personal resurrection and eternal life.
I am from New York and many of my friends and colleagues are Jewish. They are correct in reminding me that Jesus was born into a Jewish family, he grew up as a Jewish boy, he worked as a Jewish young man, all of his teachings imply a Jewish setting and worldview, and he went to the Cross to be the Messiah of the Jewish people, as well as the “Lamb of God” who “takes away the sin of the world” (John 1:29). We Christians joyously recognize that our Savior was Jewish.
I would also like to address the Muslim community. It is important to discuss Holy Week in light of many recent statements demonstrating religious intolerance. There are over 1 billion Muslims in the world. I agree with former President George W. Bush who described Islam as “a faith based upon peace, love and compassion.” He said it is a religion committed to “morality, learning and tolerance.” I believe the passages from Koran in this video are taken out of context.
The Koran says “Even if you stretch out your hand to kill me, I shall not stretch out my hand to kill you.” Islam comes from the root word ‘salaam’, which means peace. The suicide bombers are bad Muslims. Suicide for any purpose is prohibited in Islam, and so is killing innocent people.
I do not have a religious test for the President and I am not making any judgments based upon his middle name. Obama critics are falsely claiming the President is a Muslim. They say: “Barack Hussein Obama is a Muslim name. If it walks, talks, looks, smells and feels like a duck, it’s a duck.”
It is important to be tolerant of all religions, and John F. Kennedy addressed this when he spoke to Protestant ministers in Texas in the fall of 1960:
“Because I am a Catholic, and no Catholic has ever been elected President, the real issues in this campaign have been obscured. . . I today visited the Alamo. For side by side with Bowie and Crockett died Fuentes, McCafferty, Bailey, Badillo and Carey — but no one knows whether they were Catholics or not. For there was no religious test there. . . Do not judge me on the basis of publications that carefully select quotations out of context from the statements of church leaders, usually in other countries, frequently in other centuries, and rarely relevant to any situation here.”
JFK also has a Passover/Easter message for all of us. It is the last line of his Inaugural Address, and it is engraved in marble at his Arlington tomb: “With a good conscience our only sure reward, with history the final judge of our deeds, let us go forth to lead the land we love, asking His blessing and His help, but knowing that here on earth God’s work must truly be our own.”