Mitt Romney and the Mormon Church: Questions

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A brief review of the Mormon corporate empire and the power it holds over high priest and presidential candidate Mitt Romney, whose family has been a part of the Mormon Royalty since the Church's creation. More
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About William John Cox

For more than 45 years, William John Cox has written extensively on law, politics, philosophy, and the human condition. During that time, he vigorously pursued a career in law enforcement, public policy, and the law.

As a police officer, he was an early leader in the "New Breed" movement to professionalize law enforcement. Cox wrote the Policy Manual of the Los Angeles Police Department and the introductory chapters of the Police Task Force Report of the National Advisory Commission on Criminal Justice Standards and Goals, which continues to define the role of the police in America.

As an attorney, Cox worked for the U.S. Department of Justice to implement national standards and goals, prosecuted cases for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office, and operated a public interest law practice primarily dedicated to the defense of young people.

He wrote notable law review articles and legal briefs in major cases, tried a number of jury trials and argued cases in the superior and appellate courts that made law.

Professionally, Cox volunteered pro bono services in several landmark legal cases. In 1979, he filed a class-action lawsuit on behalf of all citizens directly in the U.S. Supreme Court alleging that the government no longer represented the voters who elected it. As a remedy, Cox urged the Court to require national policy referendums to be held in conjunction with presidential elections.

In 1981, representing a Jewish survivor of Auschwitz, Cox investigated and successfully sued a group of radical right-wing organizations which denied the Holocaust. The case was the subject of the Turner Network Television motion picture, Never Forget.

Cox later represented a secret client and arranged the publication of almost 1,800 photographs of ancient manuscripts that had been kept from the public for more than 40 years. A Facsimile Edition of the Dead Sea Scrolls was published in November 1991. His role in that effort is described by historian Neil Asher Silberman in The Hidden Scrolls: Christianity, Judaism, and the War for the Dead Sea Scrolls.

Cox concluded his legal career as a Supervising Trial Counsel for the State Bar of California. There, he led a team of attorneys and investigators which prosecuted attorneys accused of serious misconduct and criminal gangs engaged in the illegal practice of law. He retired in 2007.

Continuing to concentrate on political and social issues since his retirement, Cox has lectured, taught classes at the university level, produced a series of articles and books, moderated several Internet websites and maintained an extensive worldwide correspondence. His primary initiative is the United States Voters' Rights Amendment ( &

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Review by: Doug Ogden on Dec. 07, 2012 : (no rating)
Opinion presented as fact is still opinion. Take it for what it's worth... nothing more than opinion.

Go out and get to know your mormon neighbors. Ask the hard questions. See the good they do. See their imperfections and the efforts made to overcome them. Ask yourself the hard questions as well: could this be true. Then ask God if it's true and have the courage to act on the response you get.

There are bound to be more mormon candidates in the future. Get used to that idea. They aren't dummies and their faith doesn't make them dangerous candidates as this opinion piece suggests.
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Review by: The Meether on Aug. 25, 2012 :
This book was all the more convincing because the author presented simple facts and let them speak for themselves. I had not realized just how political the Mormon Church is, nor just how deeply involved Romney and his ancestors are in the church. It is the responsibility of voters to understand these issues in selecting a president, and Cox lays it out in a simple and straightforward way that anyone can understand. It is not a long book, which makes it possible for busy people to absorb, and it is well documented from reliable sources. My own conclusion? I am not pleased with Obama, but Romney is definitely not the answer! If you want the facts for yourself, this book provides them and you will be able to make an informed choice.
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Review by: Margaret Fuller on Aug. 24, 2012 :
"Mitt Romney and the Mormon Church: Questions" demonstrates the state of the art in modern communication. It is short enough to be attached to an email and can be easily read in less than an hour; it quickly summarizes a major political and religious subject having innumerable nuances; and it is documented with more than a hundred citations.

The book demonstrates what a fair-minded, politically-independent, researcher with access to a public library and the Internet can produce with a little effort. Most of the cited books can be found at neighborhood libraries and the remaining newspaper, magazine and Wikipedia articles are as handy as Google can make them.

The facts produced by the research are fairly presented in a logical progression, with little or no comment, from the creation of the Mormon Church and its priesthood to the leadership role that Mitt Romney and his family have played in both. Evolution of the "Mormon Corporate Empire" is traced, from its original mission of establishing an independent political nation to its present $40 billion balance sheet and $8 billion annual income from tithes and investments, and on to its current readiness to serve as the "Kingdom of God on Earth," which will govern upon the imminent Second Coming of Jesus.

Given the reality of the enormous power and influence of the Mormon Church and its priesthood, the author simply asks whether an intelligent voter of conscience has the right and duty to consider the religion of a presidential candidate, when there is a rational question whether the candidate's faith presents a likely conflict of interest. Answers to 17 "necessary questions" could help careful voters to evaluate Romney's candidacy, although it is unlikely that answers will be forthcoming.

The politically-independent conclusion is not necessarily that voters should not vote for Mitt Romney, only that they should carefully evaluate all of the facts before voting. Indeed, the author points out that there are also good reasons for not voting for Barack Obama and that third-party candidates present an opportunity for concerned voters to cast a vote of conscience. Finally, voters who want "none of the above" and are inclined to sit out the election are encouraged instead to cast a protest vote by "writing in" their choice, even if the name is not on the ballot and even if the vote will not be counted.

The 2012 election is destined to be the most "expensive and nastiest" in history and voters are already being barraged with a broadside of negative advertising designed to excite their fears about opposing candidates. All the author asks is that voters overcome the irrational fears created by negative campaigning and intellectually examine if they should rationally fear electing either candidate, including one whose allegiance may be owed to a secret corporate priesthood, instead of to those who are being asked to vote for him.

Given all of this, perhaps the most important thing the author has to say is the bottom line: "If every qualified voter were to cast a vote of conscience, based upon an intelligent and thoughtful consideration of the qualifications of every candidate, the election of 2012 could very well go down in history. Not because of who was elected, but because of the manner in which the People voted." Amen.
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Review by: Doug Ogden on Aug. 23, 2012 :
Let's start with the positive. This pamphlet encourages readers to vote their conscience and not choose the lesser of two evils. For the record, I am considering a third party candidate that most closely reflects my views.

For the purposes of disclosure, I am a practicing Latter Day Saint. I love my Savior and Heavenly Father. My faith in God is not a product of coercion as the author suggests. The office of High Priest is just that and not a title or a reward. It is a call to serve God's children.

The royalty that is ascribed to Romney is none other than the royal heritage that we all share as God's children. Romney enjoys no special privilege as a former bishop and stake president. Genealogy is not an entitlement.

What the author does very well here is show his bias against the LDS church. His evidence is not uniformly well established. Do yourself a favor and don't vote for Romney because of his religion. Do yourself another favor and sit down with a faithful Mormon who you can trust. Ask them the questions that are important to you. Don't just drink this koolaide offered in this pamphlet.
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Review by: W.M. Sears on Aug. 23, 2012 :
This piece takes a look at the history of the church and is well sourced. Of particular interest to me was the section on the corporation of the church and its vast tax free holdings.
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Review by: Charles Foerster on Aug. 23, 2012 :
What a pertinent and timely piece of work!

Voters have to have the courage and wisdom to determine the intellectual, rather than the emotional, basis of their fears. In doing so, they have to imagine what each candidate will do when the next environmental, economic or political crisis occurs. It clearly defines the prime element of good citizenship.
We have seen how the incumbent has handled environmental, economic and political crises (especially those of foreign nature) so it suggests questions that one should contemplate about the other major contender. Having done that, it then necessarily demands that the voter do what usually has never been done before, consider an alternative vote for a third party candidate.

This one book could, if read by every voter before entering the polling booth, make for the most surprising upset for both major parties this country has ever seen.
It should be read by every voter in America.
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Review by: Mark Dee Van Wagoner on Aug. 22, 2012 : (no rating)
This book is listed as non-fiction when in fact, it is nothing but fiction. The author has an axe to grind and appears to be an ex-Mormon. His sources, Quinn,Packham, etc., are as anti-Mormon as you can get. I found the book to be full of Mormon HATETRED. Use of some truth, but coated with misrepresentation should help him move his book among Mormon haters. WHITE HORSE PROPHECY was never accepted by the Church. I am a Mormon of 65 years and detest Democratics who will do anything to get OBAMA elected again. Book not even worthy of a half-star.
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