Skip to comments.Beck Dispels Biggest Mormon Myths in Blaze TV Special
Posted on 09/09/2012 10:23:41 AM PDT by Mozilla
On Thursday night, Glenn Beck tackled an issue that has come up frequently throughout the 2012 presidential campaign Republican candidate Mitt Romneys Mormon faith. Prior to the show, the radio and television host invited TheBlaze readers and viewers to submit their questions, as he sought to address the myths that often surround The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
Beck, who is also a Mormon, told viewers that his faith is inherent in all that he does. In fact, it is his personal relationship with God that guides his actions and sustains him.
I do what I do, because of my faith, Beck told viewers. Because of my faith, Im not afraid.
He also went on to highlight some of the elements that people need to know about his personal faith and its central underpinnings. From a belief in Jesus Christ to the notion that helping ones fellow man is essential, these values lay at the center of the Mormon experience.
God lives. We survive. America flourishes, he continued, listing off the other sentiments that Mormons embrace. The Messiah came and he will come again. Be good to one another. Give until it hurts. Give to the poor, the hungry and the underprivileged. Obey God. Make a covenant with him. He keeps his word. But be on his side. Dont try to get him on your side.
The first issue or myth, rather that Beck tackled was polygamy, a marriage that includes more than two individuals. Since there is mass confusion surrounding Mormons and plural marriage, Beck provided in-depth background and historical analysis on the issue. While he explained that Mormons did, indeed, practice polygamy at one point in time, he notes that this dynamic ended 122 years ago and that the church takes a strong stance against it today.
GlennBeck.com has more about Becks statements surrounding historical constructs of the former practice:
He explained that in the 1800s, there was massive persecution of Mormons wer driven out of New York, Ohio, Missouri, and Illinois. In Missouri, the governor even issued Executive Order-44 which ordered that all Mormons be exterminated or driven out of the state, resulting in 10,000 Mormons who lived there either being killed or forced to flee. Executive Order-44 wasnt overturned until 1976. As a result of this persecution, there werent many men left. The desire to repopulate played a role in the decision to practice polygamy, but only about 5% did it before the practice came to an end in 1890.
He called polygamy a perversion of everything we believe in.
The media would have nothing more to have Americans believe that anybody who believes what I believe is [Warren Jeffs], Beck said, referring to a cult leader who is serving a life sentence for having relationships with underage girls.
Contemporary polygamists arent Mormons, Beck explained. Watch the host tackle the polygamy issue, below:
Next, he delved into the so-called magic underwear discussion. He was, of course, referring to the undergarments that Mormon adherents wear. Many times, this element of the faith is mocked and ridiculed, as non-believers dont understand the significance and havent necessarily been exposed to the reasoning behind wearing the clothing.
It is to remind us of something very sacred, Beck explained. Its a reminder of the promises we make at the Temple.
Rather than serving as a secretive and elusive tool, the underwear represent the personal promises that Mormons make to be faithful, modest, and temperate.
While its not always easy to wear the undergarments, especially when it comes to finding clothing to wear over them, Beck said that the difficulty makes it more sacred and meaningful. Considering the importance of the underwear to the Mormon faith, it also become more painful, the host admitted, when others mock the practice:
Beck also tackled the purported secretive activities that unfold in the temple. While many critics have alleged that the church is elusive and that some of the activities are top-secret, Beck made it clear that theres nothing surprising or startling going on behind closed doors.
Theres no secret stuff, Beck explained. Theres nothing you will find in the temple that you wont find in the Old or New Testament.
Marriage and baptism are two of the practices that take place inside Mormon houses of worship elements that most other Christian denominations can relate to. Beck did delve into baptism for the dead, a practice that he said has roots in 1 Corinthians.
See him tackle these subjects, below:
There is also, of course, the question of Mormon missionaries. Beck described the fascinating, two-year trips that young believers make to help spread the faith, while simultaneously embarking on a journey to find themselves.
During this time, young Mormons find themselves preaching the word and reading the scriptures, as they go door-to-door to discuss their faith. While sharing an example of a friends son who just left for Finland for a mission, Beck encouraged others regardless of their faiths to engage in similar experiences.
He will live the exact opposite of a trophy society. In a culture where Ive got to go find myself, while spending $50,000 a year and listen to a bunch of liberal Marxist professors at some liberal college these guys do find themselves, Beck proclaimed. Please, do this in your faith. It changes your children its one of the reasons that Mormons are so successful. They know why they are at an early age.
Its not weird to be a Mormon. And its not weird to be president if youre Mormon, Beck concluded.
This special episode comes as the nation prepares to potentially elect its first Mormon president. While some biases certainly continue to color Romneys candidacy, the impact appears to be minimal. As weve previously reported, November 2011 Pew Research Center results found that, while Romney may have experienced some negative results due to his Mormon faith in the primary race, his general election chances likely wont be impacted.
Unfortunately, this hasnt stopped anti-Mormon attacks from unfolding in media. Becks goal, of course, was to dispel some of the myths that drive and fuel these incidents.
This article is about a religion, Mormonism...
Shouldnt it be in the Religion Forum ???
Ping for later
Polygamy is a marriage that includes a man and more than one wife. Polyandry is a marriage in that includes a wife and more than one husband.
It seems that Beck left out the part about God once being a mere man.
I’m sure his next video will be a show on all the archaeological sites mentioned in the Book of Mormon.
Just minor oversights.
I was somewhat disappointed in the clips of the show that I saw. He does explain that polygamy is not officially countenanced by the LDS today, but he did not do a very good job of explaining why they allowed it in the first place, nor the reasoning behind stopping the practice.
The reason Malibu Ken’s grandfather took his multi-wived family to live in Mexico was because polygamy was outlawed in the U.S.A.. He just left that part out when he appealed to the Mexican vote during the RNC convention.
“This article is about a religion, Mormonism...
Shouldnt it be in the Religion Forum ???”
With all the anti-Morman attacks in today’s politics and in the 2012 campaign I think it’s perfectly placed. Of course, some will want to “hide” threads such as this.
How many wives did King Solomon and King David have?
Beck can save his efforts. Ryan has my vote sewn up.
More than I do? ;-)
In the religion forum? No, if its here, everyone can comment, not just the mormons. So i like that. It seems like an open way to discuss things. Even people like you can chime in and opine as long as you stay within FR rules. Besides, every day i get treated for example to numerous Catholic theads here that are nothing but pure esoteric dogma discussions, and they are not always in the religion forum. Yet, i never see you whine about that?
Thought about it. But had already been posting it in the news area so just finished it and posted. Sorry.
Yeah. I see numerous Catholic and Islamic threads in the news area.
Mormonism has enough fantasies, from God being married to blacks being excluded from the priesthood that is not even part of the NT church, that men like Beck can only engage in damage control when exposed.
It owes what virtue it has to the Bible, which the LDS exalts its own writings and authority over.
Oh good God Almighty.
This piece is so full of distortions on the history of mormonism I am howling with laughter.
But hey, Beck marches to the mormon godS drum, not a surprise.
The real question is should he be exposing mormonism before the election.
And when those of us who know mormonism and said Romney is mormonism that’s who he is, will they finally get it.
Funny how we never see you attacking Islam.
But it's the theology that's central and that's where orthodoxy and Mormonism part ways.
Beck can’t tell you why mormons practiced polygamy before because it was “revealed” so Joseph Smith could bed down under aged girls and other men’s wives.
And by the way polygamy is still practiced today, they cover it over by calling it celestial marriage.
Not relevant, nice try.
Side issues yes, but those are frequently used to attack Mormons.
How about explaining from a Biblical view why Mormons aren’t Christians instead of focusing on their underwear?
Funny we don’t see that from you either.
Oh, this is about Beck and mormonism, did ya notice that?
Certainly its relevant, you mormon haters are always comparing Mormons to Islam, yet you never attack Islam.
Why is that?
I frequently condemn Islam on FR, do a search, I’m sure its easy to find.
Yes this thread is about Beck and mormonism, which you attack non-stop in your efforts to keep Romney from being elected.
mormonism teaches multi-godS - not Christian
mormonism teaches that god was once a man - not Christian
mormonism teaches that their jesus is just another dude who attained some sort of status - not Christian
mormonism teaches that we can become gods - not Christian
mormonism teaches works based salvation - not Christian
mormonism teaches that their jesus did not pay the price on the cross - not Christian
mormonism teaches eternal marriage - not Christian
mormonism teaches you can have your own planet to rule (only men) and many many wives who are eternally pregnant - not Christian
mormonism teaches that all Christian (Catholic and Protestant) churches are an abomination and are whores of Babylon - not Christian
Do you need more examples?
I do not hate mormons, prove that statement.
When you post a thread about islam, ping me.
The comment nice try was in reference to King’s David and Solomon.
I don’t want liberalism elected, if you are fine with that, it’s on you not me.
No, I know Mormonism isn’t Christian.
How do you plan to convert any Mormons with the constant hate?
nonstop - that’s funny.
Again with the ‘hate’, prove your repeated statement “you hate mormons”.
“I do not hate mormons, prove that statement.”
You’ve proven it time after time.
Jesus instructed Christians to evangelize using love and grace. Not with hate, anger, and fighting. Doing so is taking the Lords name in vain.
Again your repeat ‘hate’, I do not hate mormons, exposing mormonism. is not hate.
Certainly its relevant. Having multiple wives has and is acceptable in numerous cultures throughout history. If you’re going to use it as a reason to condemn Mormons then you need to acknowledge that prominent Christians also had multiple wives. In fact King Solomon had multiple wives for much the same reason as the early Mormons; power and wealth.
And i ain’t a mormon either. But fair is fair. And besides, like it or not, we are either about to have a moslem communist homosexual president, OR a mormon one we might need to ride close herd on.
Easy choice. I like Utah culture one hell of a lot more than i do that of Rhyad, Mecca, Cairo and Tehran. So it would behoove us to know what we can about that church.
Glen smoothed over a few things, sure. But thats the beauty of putting it in this forum, non mormons can explain how they think he glossed over the polygamy change back in the statehood days for example. Not seeing the downside.
“I dont want liberalism elected, if you are fine with that, its on you not me.”
Thats not a choice we have at this point. The next President will be Obama or Romney.
How do you not understand historical context
In both cases it was wrong and sinful. In both cases it lead to significant problems.
Well...I see that done often as well.
Have done it myself in fact.
So again, why don’t you condemn Islam?
Pointing out how Mormonism differs from traditional Christianity is not “hate.”
“And just like Mohammad he felt he was entiltled to lots of women”
Meanwhile, rational men look for ways to escape them. I cannot fathom the self hatred that would lead a man to want extra wives. What kind of special hell must that be to have 4 mothers in law, 19 sister in laws, etc.
does polygamy appear only in the Old Testament, or in the New Testament as well?
A lot of dishonest balderdash in what beck said.
Did he mention how the Mormons would vote in unison for anyone the ‘Prophet’ said to vote for, and their neighbors drove them out for that?
And the “Mormon War” in Missouri killed...22 people. Not exactly enough to cause a need for polygamy.
you need to acknowledge that prominent Christians also had multiple wives. In fact King Solomon
Ah king Solomon was not a Christian...
King Solomon was alive about 1,000 years BEFORE the LORD Jesus Christ who is and has always been God left His Heaven and was born as a baby...
The difference is that just about everybody signed on to the Peace of Westphalia ~ even the Pope, serious Protestant leaders, kings, princes and folks who imagined themselves to be very important.
There were some standards set that would be good to adapt to ~ that (1) nations don't go to war over the religious beliefs of their neighbors, (2) nations are in charge of their own conduct regarding matters of religion
Implicit in those two points is the idea that OTHERS can criticize whatever your religion believes, and folks can propound on their religious beliefs without concern for the religious sensibilities of others.
What I"m leading up to is the fact that Eastern Orthodox, Moslem and Mormon groups didn't sign on to the Treaties that made up the Peace of Westphalia ~ which might well be part of the source of your discomfort.
You might look it up and study it someday. It replaced simple toleration with a different belief ~ (1) you can believe whatever you can get away with, and (2) others can criticize it and you got to stand there and take it.
When the Bill of Rights came along the principle was extended a bit to include speech, press, peaceable assembly, petition, and several other things.
No one gets a special exception carved out ~ as a citizen I can complain and kvetch about anybody's religion and there's nothing they can do about it, NOR should they expect anything to be done, or sympathy extended.
You will need to catch up and that might as well be now as some other time.
BTW, I find the Catholic discussions interesting ~ they extend my understanding of a part of that religious tradition not often seen outside of church. So, thanks Catholics ~ good job. Never mind me eh!