I spent the weekend in Las Vegas visiting family and was surprised at the ferocity of the campaigning for the state’s U.S. Senate seat. The bickering between Utah gubernatorial candidates Corroon and Herbert seems mild in comparison.
Most people are aware that Nevada incumbent and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D) is facing a tough race from GOP challenger Sharron Angle. Perhaps the most bizarre character attack of this race did not come from either of the candidates and had nothing to do with politics. Instead, John Reed, pastor of Angle’s former church in Reno, berated Reid because he is a Mormon.
Here is a quote from Pastor Reed’s statement made during an interview with the Reno News & Review:
“The Christian community—all the Christians, theologians and scholars, all recognize that, that Mormonism is a cult. I have books in my library on cults, and it lists Mormonism right there with all these bizarre cults. Well, there must be a reason. I mean, here a member of a cult is one of the most powerful people in the United States. Doesn’t that alarm you? And his allegiance is to Salt Lake City. Something is up with that. Something’s weird. But nobody touches that. …
“Harry Reid’s allegiance is to Salt Lake City. The Mormon Church is rich, powerful, they do illegal things. They do secretive things. They’ve got all this money. They own American businesses. There’s weirdness going on there. Churches are not multi-millionaire organizations like the Mormon Church. You know, there’s some weirdness with that, but nobody questions it, nobody asks one question to Harry Reid and says, ‘Tell us about your faith. What does a Mormon believe?’
“Ask him about the holy garments that he wears that protect him from evil. Isn’t that kooky? Ask him about getting his body parts anointed by oil. Isn’t that kooky? Ask him about when he goes to the temple and he gets baptized for dead people. Isn’t that kooky?
“Ask him about the hit squad of the Mormon Church and why they need people to kill Mormons that go against them. Isn’t that controlling? Ask him how they shun people, then they get their family members to disown them and divorce them if they dare leave the Mormon Church. Isn’t that cultish? I mean, I could go on and on. The Mormon Church is a cult, and Harry Reid is a powerful person in a cult, and nobody even questions it.”
It’s tough to even comprehend such bigotry and ignorance.
Pastor Reed might be shocked to learn that Senator Reid’s political views are at odds with many members of the LDS Church.
Perhaps he should also be a little more careful about his comments because there are quite a few Mormons in Nevada. If he gets them riled up with such remarks, members of the Mormon hit squad might come after him.
As a matter of fact, I’d like to have a conversation with Pastor Reed.