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Romney’s Complete Lack of Irony

At his commencement speech to Liberty University graduates, Mitt Romney received a polite but restrained welcome. But he did deliver one line that he and his advisers undoubtedly knew was guaranteed to the loud applause, especially in light of Obama’s announcement last week:

He had one sustained applause line in a 20-minute speech delivered days after President Barack Obama historically embraced gay marriage. “Marriage is a relationship between one man and one woman,” Romney said to a cheering crowd of students who have to follow a strict code of conduct that considers sex out of wedlock and homosexuality to be sins.

Another irony meter bites the dust. Remember that Romney believes — he must, as a Mormon — that God explicitly commanded polygamy. And then, conveniently, commanded that it be ended. But when God supposedly gave that second command, in 1890, Romney’s own ancestors fled the United States and went to Mexico so they could keep doing it, in Mexico. So apparently they still believed in polygamy and denied that God wanted it to end.

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  1. StevoR says

    Etch-a-sketch.

    Erase that dog on the hot car roof.

    Erase that Mormon cult reference

    And everything inconvenient.

    We’re always been at war with EastAsia.

    [Waits five minutes..]

    We’ve always been at war with South Asia.

    Truth is lies.

    Rmoney was always the Real True* conservative.

    (“Stinkyfroth” Santorum, Caine, Perry, Bachmann, who were they?*)

    Don’t look back.

    What he said today is what he really is.

    * break **

    (What he’ll say tomorrow

    Will be a concession speech.

    I hope.)

    +++++
    * Such a joy to say!

  2. slc1 says

    And will the lamestream media point this out? Ho, ho, ho, and need I say ha, ha, ha.

  3. juice says

    That’s ok. The people to whom he was pandering also believe that “definition of marriage” even though there is nothing in the Bible suggesting that God commands that marriage to be any such arrangement.

  4. says

    God changes his mind! What if god changes his mind about dogs and cats getting married? Or gays? Or black people being evil? Romney ought to be comfortable with that, he changes his mind a fair bit, too – in that sense Romney is godlike.

  5. Reginald Selkirk says

    You’ve got to wonder what “faith of our fathers” means to a Mormon like Romney.

  6. naturalcynic says

    The LDS still have its doctrine that polygyny may still happen in heaven following death or divorce of a first [or second...] wife.

    And to Mittens and polygamy, he said in an interview that he couldn’t think of anything more awful and abhorrent. I suppose that only means now, not in the past.

  7. The Lorax says

    This is hardly a surprise. He isn’t going to get much support by waving around his Mormon credentials, now is he? Pander, pander, pander.

  8. Reginald Selkirk says

    What if god changes his mind about dogs and cats getting married?

    Isaiah 11:
    [6] The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them.
    [7] And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together: and the lion shall eat straw like the ox.
    [8] And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice’ den.

  9. says

    “And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice’ den.”

    Ewwww!

    Now that’s just downright perverted. And these people think gay and extramarital sex is a sin.

  10. coryat says

    @ Lorax #8:

    Now he’s saying pandas can be involved? Truly the gay agenda is sickening!

  11. Hercules Grytpype-Thynne says

    Romney’s views on polygamy are evolving.

    Constantly. Much like his views on everything else.

  12. KG says

    I’ve just been reading The 19th Wife by David Ebershoff, which is partly a fictionalised biography of Ann Eliza Young, one of Brigham Young’s wives who escaped, apostasised, and campaigned to end polygamy. Brigham Young died exhorting his followers never to abandon the practice – which they officially did less than 20 years after his death, although many of the leaders continued to practise it in secret and turn a blind eye to others doing the same. Both he and Joseph Smith repeatedly lied about their own and their followers’ polygyny in the early days. So Robomormon is indeed following long-established and revered Mormon traditions – of lying, hypocrisy, and etch-a-sketching.

  13. says

    Plural Marriage was given up in exchange for statehood. The teaching was never rejected. It’s now a “suspended” doctrine. They still believe it but most of them don’t practice it. Some Mormons are waiting for the day that polygamy will be legalized and then they will start doing it again.
    One of my distant cousins was one of Joseph Smith’s plural wives. She may have had a child with him, according to Fawn Brodie in her book “No Man Knows my History”. After Joe got shot she was married to Brigham Young.

  14. KG says

    Plural Marriage was given up in exchange for statehood. The teaching was never rejected. It’s now a “suspended” doctrine. – billdaniels

    And to Mittens and polygamy, he said in an interview that he couldn’t think of anything more awful and abhorrent. – naturalcynic

    So if you’re both right, Robomormon’s a heretic. Or are they officially allowed to lie about what they believe?

  15. cptdoom says

    Looks like the Book of Mormon actually condemns polygamy in several places whereas their Doctrine and Covenants scripture (a revelation of Joseph Smith) is where it was officially sanctioned.

    That is likely because Mr. Smith “discovered” the golden plates that allegedly contained the Book of Mormon as a relatively young man (don’t know the exact timeline) but only had his revelation about plural marriage when he was older and a hot, young maid showed up in his house. IIRC, he had a trusted associate alert his wife Emma to the new revelation and she was apparently not pleased about it. Interestingly, after Smith’s death, his wife and oldest son stayed in the midwest and created an alternative to the church Young was creating in SLC that did not embrace polygamy. Interestingly, it was/is never as popular as the SLC version.

  16. Homo Straminus says

    naturalcynic@7: “And to Mittens and polygamy, he said in an interview that he couldn’t think of anything more awful and abhorrent. ”

    You’re…exaggerating, right? Sure he didn’t say that?

    Because, wow.

  17. says

    I think that the Book of Mormon is the only religious text to condemn polygamy.
    Since LDS ministers are unpaid and not trained in theology, when one of their teachings is questioned, they can use the excuse that the teaching is merely the teaching of some individuals and not the church at large, even though the teaching may appear in one of their Standard Works.

  18. Phillip IV says

    At his commencement speech to (x) University graduates, Mitt Romney received a polite but restrained welcome.

    And that would be the case for any value of x. The only distinction is that for x∈(Brigham Young, Liberty, Bob Jones), the reasons for the cool reception are the opposite as in all other cases.

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