“The Mormon MUST put his church and what his mormon president/prophet says first”
I have to respectfully disagree on this, there is no ‘MUST,’ he simply does not have to.
“There was a time that the mormons were at war against the United States”
This is a fair point, but you’re reaching back pretty far to the mid to late 1800s when Mormons were living in a sparsely settled U.S. Territory in what they called Deseret at the time. In modern times, Mormons tend to be pretty well integrated into American society both culturally and politically.
I posted the following in a January '11 thread to Zakeet:
Zakeet had mentioned: Temple Mormons such as Romney and Huntsman have prayed for the overthrow of the US Government as punishment for 19th century Mormon Persecution. Although the Temple Ceremony has changed since these gentlemen made their solemn oaths, they have never renounced the promises they made before their Mormon god.
Very good post overall -- except I have a question related to this part above.
I believe, if I'm not mistaken, that the temple oaths to which you are referencing here were removed by the Lds "prophet" around 1926 or 1927. Mitt Romney was born in 1948.
So while George Romney may have been alive when these oaths were taken -- and it is true that those who took them were to pass them down 2 or 3 generations (which would thereby include Mitt & Huntsman's generation), I'm not sure we can say these men made such solemn oaths...only that their grandfathers and great grandfathers did...and that their grandfathers & great grandfathers were under solemn obligation to pass them down to the generations of Mitt Romney and Huntsman.
Anyway, I'm pointing out that the Mormon 'tude toward the U.S. extended well past the 19th century. Revenge oaths were still part of the Mormon church for over a quarter of the 20th century...about 85 years ago.
And these oaths were sworn by people who swore they would teach them 2-3 generations down the pike.
I guess then it depends upon how well you think Mormon parents alive in the mid-1920s were able to keep their sworn promises made before their god.
Not quite; as they tend to be VERY clannish and isolated from the rest of society.