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To: Colofornian
..I will never defend Mormonism--been battling it here in CA for 30 yrs

Don't forget from our history: John Adams, Unitarian--Thomas Jefferson, Deist who denied plenary inspiration of the Bible--Benjamin Franklin, Rosicrucian

66 posted on 10/30/2012 10:21:12 AM PDT by WalterSkinner ( In Memory of My Father--WWII Vet and Patriot 1926-2007)
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To: WalterSkinner; All
Don't forget from our history: John Adams, Unitarian...

Indeed, John Adams had strong unitarian beliefs...to most voters at the time, tho, they would have deemed him as "Congregational" [one of the strongest Christian churches in Pasadena, CA -- to this day -- is Lake Avenue Congregational Church]...Adams was Congregational growing up and was the lone church he was associated with as an adult...

My point here is that most voters would not have been aware of his Unitarian beliefs for them to evaluate him as such.

Romney, by contrast, in an Internet world, has no such "luxury" for hiding his Lds beliefs...tho there's plenty of compromisers on FR and elsewhere -- including the Billy Graham Evangelistic Asso Web site...that are doing their darndest to tuck those beliefs away and out of eyesight!

68 posted on 10/30/2012 10:54:10 AM PDT by Colofornian ( >)
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To: WalterSkinner
...Benjamin Franklin, Rosicrucian...

I went to this Web site -- http://rosicrucian.50webs.com/various/scribe-benjamin-franklins-rosicrucian-affiliations.htm...

Says there that the FORMER Rosicrucians that Franklin was associated with were fellow Freemasons of Franklin's...

That site says quite specifically that "those particular Freemasons [that Franklin was a part of] "were formerly of a group of Rosicrucians in England that divided, some becoming Freemasons and the others keeping the old terminology of Rosicrucianism."

Bottom line: The Rosicrucians & open Rosicrucianism here were "in England" -- not in the U.S. (Franklin wasn't in England)

Now it's apparently true then some of the Freemasons Franklin hung around with likely practiced Rosicrucian-laced Freemasonry...but that didn't make Franklin a devout Rosicrucian...

69 posted on 10/30/2012 11:03:02 AM PDT by Colofornian ( >)
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