When it comes to stopping gays from getting civil rights, there are some very strange bedfellows. A number of religious groups don’t consider Mormons to be Christians, and have gone so far as to ban their kids from playing high school league sports with LDS kids and implying Mormons are darn near Satanists.
But many of denominations are more than willing to overlook these divergences of faith and use the "non-Christian" LDS for money and manpower to suppress gays.
Take a look at the ironically named AbovetheHate.com to see who signed this online thank-you petition to Latter Day Saints’ President Thomas S. Monson which expresses:
deep gratitude to you and the entire LDS community for the large and impressive contributions of your church and its members in protecting marriage in California and Arizona.
Then take a look what the signatories say about Mormons.
*Chuck Colson, Chairman, Prison Fellowship:
Mormonism either affirms historic Christianity, or it doesn’t. Since it doesn’t, it can’t call itself Christianity — a fact that all the good will and public relations in Utah can’t change.
*Richard Land, president Southern Baptist Convention Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission and numerous other signatories from the Southern Baptist denomination signed the thank you petition. But the SBC document The Truth About Mormonism, What You Haven’t Been Told says:
One could go on and on about these teachings that clearly show the non-Christian nature of the LDS Church…The Mormon Temple Ceremony compares quite precisely with the Masonic Ceremony- signs, tokens and penalties included. Joseph, Hyrum , Brigham, and others, were Masons. (Cult experts consider Masonic religion to be a satanic Cult.)
*James Dobson gave thanks, despite–according to the Boston Globe–a faith guide issued by Dobson’s Focus on the Family declaring that:
God cannot be identified . . . with the Mormon religion’s notion of god.
Focus on the Family’s public policy expert Tom Minnery, one of Dobson’s spokesmen lied about Mormons in a 2008 FOTF voting guide:
Mitt Romney has acknowledged that Mormonism is not a Christian faith, and I appreciate his acknowledging that.
*Catholic clergy, congregations, and individual parishioners were grateful, yet:
The Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith declared that baptisms in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are "not the baptism that Christ instituted."
The ruling was a departure from the Catholic Church’s usual practice of recognizing the baptisms of converts from most other churches. The Vatican held that the Mormon view of the nature of God was too different from Catholicism’s.
*Evangelical Christian congregations said thanks, but evangelicals associated with the Shirley Dobson, wife of Focus on the Family’s Rev. James Dobson, have barred Mormons from speaking at their proceedings. Media Matters reports that evangelist Pat Robertson’s Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN) identified Mormonism as a cult, quoting from 1992 CBN pamphlet titled "Cults" that reportedly declared:
A cult is any group that has a form of godliness, but does not recognize Jesus Christ as the unique son of God … One test of a cult is that it often does not strictly teach that Jesus is the only begotten Son of God who Himself is God manifested in the flesh … Christian-oriented cults include the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints or Reorganized Church of Latter Day Saints (Mormons)…
And just this week, MyFoxNews Kansas City reported that the overwhelming majority of athletic directors at the evangelical Missouri Christian School Athletic Association member schools agree that Mormons, Catholics or Episcopalians should not be members.
Off camera one man told us the statement of faith was adopted because the majority of schools are Evangelical and they don’t want their students to play against students who they don’t consider to be Christian.
What does the Bible say about hypocrisy?