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Gary Glenn Raises Critical Moral Questions on Gov. Mitt Romneys Record

What is the definition of hypocrisy? Is America being poisoned with the “Biblically incorrect” cancer of double talking  “politically correct” politicians?

The countdown to the election of a new president of the United States has begun. How much do the candidates who are running actually care about our families, faith, Biblical values and the morality of our culture? Are some of these politicians only giving lip service to conservative Christians in order to get their vote? How do the presidential candidates actual historical voting records line up with their present election time conservative rhetoric?

This is a defining moment for us as Christians. Jesus spoke in REVELATION 3:15-3:16 to the church in Laodicea when he said, “ I know your deeds, that you are neither cold or hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm-neither hot nor cold-I am about to spit you out of my mouth.”

Gary Glenn is the President of the American Family Association of Michigan. He has based his work on the Bible and our fundamental institution of marriage and family.Personally speaking, as an individual citizen aside from the AFA Mr. Glenn has put together an eye-opening information piece relative to Gov. Romney’s “faith in America” speech.

Every voter needs to read this.

M.W.

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Gary Glenn, for purposes of identification only, president of the American Family Association of Michigan, offers the following comments prior to Gov. Romney's "Faith in America" speech...CONTACT:  Gary Glenn 989-430-0652 (cell)

Gov. Mitt Romney's speech Thursday, according to the Romney campaign, will tell Americans "how his faith would inform his presidency."

 Americans concerned about protecting life and traditional family values can only hope that Romney's faith will inform him differently than it did during his earlier political and business activities.

 Actions speak louder than words, and Romney's past political and business activities are a far more trustworthy measure than any campaign speech of whether the faith he professes is likely to have much if any influence on his future behavior.

 As a matter of record, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is widely known to oppose abortion, homosexual behavior, and pornography.  In fact, it considers all three -- with exceptions in the case of abortion -- to be sinful and morally wrong.

 Thus, Romney's record of passionately and convincingly advocating for abortion on demand and homosexual activists' political agenda, while personally profiting from the sale of hundreds of millions of dollars' worth of pornography, makes clear that his faith had little discernible influence on his past political and business activities.

 Why should Americans believe that the policies of a Romney presidency would be any more consistent with the values of the faith he professes than his political and business activities have been in the past?

 Mitt Romney's credibility problem is not that he's Mormon.  It's that politically, on core values such as protecting life and traditional family values, he hasn't been Mormon enough.

 That's the basis on which most Americans are likely to judge him negatively, not on how his religious beliefs compare to other faiths, but that his politics haven't been true to the cultural values widely associated with his own faith.

 See a multitude of examples below...

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 "Not the slightest hint that his religion

has constrained his politics in any way"

 Richard Cohen, The Washington Post, November 20, 2007: "There is not the slightest hint that (Romney's) religion has constrained his politics in any way. You name the issue and he's been for it and against it -- gun control, abortion, gay rights. Call this what you may, it is proof that Romney is not enslaved by any dogma. His religion, to which he is committed, is distinctly his business and would not, as far I can tell, have any bearing on his presidency."

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/11/19/AR2007111901187.html

  Pornography: Romney publicly rebuked

by newspaper owned by his own church

 The Deseret News, Salt Lake City, July 10, 2007: "Pornography taints everything it touches. Mitt Romney should have understood that. So should the Marriott Corporation and other hotel owners who offer hard-core movies in hotel rooms. Romney caught a bit of flack last week because he spent nearly 10 years on the Marriott board and yet never tried to reverse the company's policy of providing pornography on demand...  For a presidential candidate who has railed against pornography, this is not entirely insignificant. Even if the subject never came up at a board meeting, one can argue that at least part of the $25,000 plus stock he was paid annually for his board membership came from the money some hotel guests paid for access to the films." http://deseretnews.com/dn/view/0,1249,680197653,00.html

 Abortion: "I do not take the

position of a pro-life candidate."

 U.S. Senate campaign debate, October 1994: "I believe that abortion should be safe and legal in this country. I have since the time when my Mom took that position when she ran in 1970 as a U.S. Senate candidate. I believe that since Roe v. Wade has been the law for 20 years that we should sustain and support it, and I sustain and support that law and the right of a woman to make that choice." http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a9IJUkYUbvI

 Gubernatorial campaign interview, 2002: "So when asked, will I preserve and protect a woman's right to choose, I make an unequivocal answer: yes."

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GKwVNUz52vo

 Gubernatorial campaign debate, November 2, 2002: "I will preserve and protect a woman's right to choose, and have devoted and am dedicated to honoring my word in that regard.  ...I'm not going to make any changes that would make it more difficult for a woman to make that choice herself. ...A woman should have the right to make her own choice as to whether or not to have an abortion...I have held that view consistently. ...I do not take the position of a pro-life candidate.  I'm in favor of preserving and protecting a woman's right to choose." 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P_w9pquznG4

 WBUR Radio, Boston, December 2005: "'My personal view, in my heart of hearts, is that people who are subject to rape should have the option of having emergency contraceptive or emergency contraceptive information.'  Romney's decision to remove the exemption for private (Catholic) hospitals is a surprise victory for abortion rights advocates." (13 months after his alleged conversion on the abortion issue) http://realserver.bu.edu:8080/ramgen/w/b/wbur/wburnews/2005/me_1209_2.rm

 Washington Post, May 2007: "I was effectively pro-choice at that time."

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/05/09/AR2007050902263.html

 And throwing leaders of his own church under the bus in an attempt to justify his pro-abortion record...

 WHO Radio, Des Moines, August 2, 2007: "There are Mormons in the leadership of my church who are pro-choice.  ...Every Mormon should be pro-life?  That's not what my church says." http://www.politico.com/blogs/jonathanmartin/0807/Mitt_unplugged.html

 Fox News, August 5, 2007: "My greatest mistake was when I first ran for office being deeply opposed to abortion but saying I'd support the current law, which was pro-choice and effectively a pro-choice position. That was just wrong." http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,293017,00.html

 USA Today, August 6, 2007: "I never said I was pro-choice, but my position was effectively pro-choice." http://www.usatoday.com/news/politics/election2008/2007-08-05-gop-debate_N.htm

 Fox News Sunday, August 12, 2007: "I never called myself pro-choice. I never allowed myself to use the word 'pro-choice,' because I didn't feel I was pro-choice.  I would protect the law, I said, as it was, but I wasn't pro-choice." http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,293017,00.html

 Endorsed by the pro-abortion Republican Majority for Choice PAC.

 Homosexual agenda: "I would have voted

no" on Marriage Protection Amendment

 Romney was endorsed by the homosexual activist group “Log Cabin Republicans” in both his 1994 and 2002 candidacies.

 "Bay Windows: Do you support the Protection of Marriage Amendment?  Romney: No, because it would outlaw domestic partner benefits for same-sex couples.  Bay Windows: Do you believe the Protection of Marriage Amendment initiative should be put before voters?  Romney: The people have a constitutional right to put questions before the voters. But, if it had been on the ballot, I would have voted no."  Bay Windows, Boston, January 1, 2002

 St. Petersburg Times, Oct. 5, 2007: “In 2002, when Romney was (running for) governor, his wife, son and daughter-in-law signed a petition supporting a proposed amendment to the Massachusetts constitution that would not only ban the state from recognizing same-sex marriages, but further stated, ‘Any other relationship shall not be recognized as a marriage or its legal equivalent, nor shall it receive the benefits or incidents exclusive to marriage.’ But Romney quickly expressed his opposition to the amendment, saying...the language barring civil unions was ‘too extreme,’ with his spokesman telling the Boston Globe, ‘Mitt does not support it. As far as Mitt is concerned, it goes farther than current law, and therefore it's unnecessary.’"

 Boston Phoenix, May 14, 2004: “In 2002, before the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court declared same-sex marriage protected by the Constitution, Romney denounced as ‘too extreme’ the effort by pro-family groups to enact a preemptive state Marriage Protection Amendment prohibiting homosexual marriage, civil unions and same-sex public employee benefits.”

 Boston Globe, Feb. 23, 2005: “(Romney) urged GOP lawmakers to vote for a proposed constitutional amendment...that would ban same-sex marriage but allow gay couples to enter into civil unions.”

 Associated Press, April 25, 2004: "Gov. Mitt Romney's top legal counsel told the state's justices of the peace Sunday to resign if they are unwilling to preside over the marriage of same-sex couples beginning next month. ...'If a justice of the peace cannot comply with his or her oath of office, then we would expect that person to tender their resignation from that office.'  ...Romney has also ordered changes to the state's marriage application, replacing 'bride'' and 'groom' with 'Party A' and 'Party B.'"

 Endorsed Ted Kennedy's and Barney

Frank's federal "gay rights" legislation

 Romney letter to Log Cabin Republicans, 1994: “I am more convinced than ever before that as we seek to establish full equality for America’s gay and lesbian citizens, I will provide more effective leadership than (Ted Kennedy). ...If we are to achieve the goals we share, we must make equality for gays and lesbians a mainstream concern. My opponent cannot do this. I can and will. ...We have discussed a number of important issues such as the Federal Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), which I have agreed to co-sponsor, and if possible broaden to include housing and credit.”

 Opposes Boy Scouts' nationwide ban

on homosexual Scouts or Scoutmasters

 Associated Press, Jan. 11, 2007: “Romney was asked if he ever publicly opposed the Boy Scouts' exclusion of gay members while he served on its executive board. ‘I feel that all people should be allowed to participate in the Boy Scouts regardless of their sexual orientation,’ Romney replied.”

 Sioux City Journal, July 23, 2007: “The campaign for Republican presidential candidate Sam Brownback is criticizing rival Mitt Romney, saying he supported the idea of allowing gay men to serve as Boy Scout leaders. ...The Brownback campaign pointed to Romney’s answer during a debate in 1994 when he ran for the U.S. Senate. ...The Romney campaign pushed back at the allegations, saying Romney is a supporter of the Boy Scouts and believes local councils should decide their scouting policies.”

 Appointed homosexuals to public office

 Office of the Governor, May 4, 2005: "Governor Mitt Romney today nominated Stephen S. Abany of Boston for the position of Associate Justice of the Wrentham District Court. …(Abany) has served on the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Lesbian and Gay Bar Association."

Boston Globe, Jan. 2, 2006: "His harsh criticism of ‘judicial over-reaching' always wins applause from Republican audiences. But (Romney) has at times taken pains to promote tolerance of gays and lesbians. When an administration official was dismissed and said the action was related to her plans to marry her lesbian partner, Romney strongly denied it and said several high-ranking officials in his administration were gay."

 Associated Press, May 4, 2007: “’I have nothing but respect and feelings of tolerance for people with differences from myself and feel that way with regards to those who are gay,’ he said. He noted that one of his Cabinet members was gay and that he appointed gays to positions of responsibility in his administration. ‘I oppose discrimination against gay people,’ Romney said. ‘I am not anti-gay. I know there are some Republicans, or some people in the country who are looking for someone who is anti-gay, and that's not me.’"

 Endorsed “gays” in the military

 Romney letter to Log Cabin Republicans, Oct. 6, 1994: “I am convinced that (Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell) is the first of a number of steps that will ultimately lead to gays and lesbians being able to serve openly and honestly in our nation’s military. That goal will only be reached when preventing discrimination against gays and lesbians is a mainstream concern, which is a goal we share.”

 Washington Post, Feb. 19, 2007: “Mitt Romney, who once advocated allowing gays to serve openly in the military, said yesterday that he does not think the Pentagon should change its ‘don't ask, don't tell’ policy in the midst of the Iraq war. …’We're in the middle of a conflict. Now is not the time for a change in that regard, and I don't have a policy posture as to allowing gays in the military to serve there openly,’ Romney said.”

L.A. Times, Feb. 1, 2007: "Romney once embraced the 'don't ask, don't tell' policy as just a first step toward openly gay people in the military. Now he says the policy should not be changed in a time of war."

Politico, March 16, 2007: "I think General Pace has said that he regrets having said (homosexual behavior is immoral), and I think he was wise to have issued an apology, or a withdrawal of that comment. I think that we, as a society, welcome people of all differences, whether there are differences in ethnicity, faith or sexual preference, and I think he was wise to correct his comment and to suggest that that was an inappropriate point to have made."

 Larry King Live, March 15, 2007: "I think the choice of words of the Chief of Staff were inappropriate for the public discourse. ...In a governmental setting, the right way is to show more of an outpouring of tolerance.’”

 Homosexual adoption

 Boston Herald, June 6, 2007: “There are other ways to raise kids that’s fine: single moms, grandparents raising kids, gay couples raising kids. That’s the American way, to have people have their freedom of choice.”

 Boston Globe, March 14, 2006: “I recognize that (homosexual couples) have a legitimate interest in being able to receive adoptive services."

Gary Glenn

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