Mormon Harry Reid blasts Mitt Romney’s Mormonism

On September 19, in response to the release of the non-bombshell “secret” Romney tape, author Gregory Prince penned a Huffington Post column in which he castigated Mitt Romney for his views on government dependents. According to Prince, himself a Mormon, Romney very poorly represents the tenets of the Mormon faith:

That face of Mormonism is the one that calls on some of its members, particularly bishops and stake presidents, to devote as many hours gratis to their church jobs as they do to their professional jobs. It is the one that summons up extraordinary acts of love, compassion and generosity, often in response to the deepest tragedies of life — and death.

But it is not the one that dismisses out-of-hand half the population of the United States by saying, “My job is not to worry about those people. I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.” As a bishop and stake president, Romney worried about those very people. Indeed, he worried far more about them, and spent far more time and means in assisting them, than the others in his flock who were more fortunate.

In Prince’s mind, Mitt Romney’s conservatism and belief in individuals’ ability to improve their lives through faith and hard work as opposed to government intervention makes the presidential candidate a bad Mormon. In other words, with his move to the Right, Romney has abandoned Mormons’ values of good work and charity.

Harry Reid has been among the most vocal of those calling on Romney to release his tax returns over the past several months.┬áToday, Reid nodded his dingy little head in agreement with Prince’s assessment. Hey Harry, know what else happened today? Mitt Romney released that tax return information that you’ve been clamoring for. And guess what: not only did Romney overpay on his taxes, but last year alone, he donated over $4 million of his own money to charity. So it seems to us that his is a fine face for Mormonism. A far finer face than yours. How much did you donate again?

  • E L Frederick

    Most Mormons are embarrassed by “Bearing False Witness” Harry Reid

  • TroyGates

    The majority of Mormons I know are conservatives not liberals. So Reid would be the exception to the rule not Romney.

    • garbones

      yep – plus they usually don’t flat out lie

    • John Fowler

      I wonder if he’s a “real” Mormon, or simply raised that way? I’ve heard nothing but put-downs about him from the Mormons I know.

      • writersblock

        This Mormon thinks Harry Reid is a disgrace. And I’m not alone. A Pew poll a few months ago rated Reid’s approval rating among Mormons at 22%. (By contrast, Mitt’s was almost 90.)

    • John Fowler

      I wonder if he’s a “real” Mormon, or simply raised that way? I’ve heard nothing but put-downs about him from the Mormons I know.

  • Shawn Smith

    How does Harry Reid’s pederasty represent the Mormon faith? Since he was obviously lying about Romney’s taxes, we can’t believe his denials about those charges.

  • Sam

    I didn’t even know Reid was a Mormon. I disagree with the religious doctrine greatly, but most of the ones I know are kind, hard-working, and quite conservative. Reid is none of those things.

  • no_more_deceit

    Reid is an opportunist, he converted to Mormonism in college, whereas Mr. Romney was born into the religion, I know which one I trust.

  • grais

    Sure, Romney sullied the religion by dedicating a large part of his life and his wealth to it. Harry’s done what?
    I think Harry’s a MINO

  • Jefferson Tea Party

    We wouldn’t know how charitable Reid is. He won’t release his tax returns.

  • Jefferson Tea Party

    We wouldn’t know how charitable Reid is. He won’t release his tax returns.

  • Paula Noakes

    Harry Reid is a convert to the LDS Church. His Wikipedia page says he converted during his college years. He also gave a speech at BYU saying it was easier to be a good member of the church and a Democrat than a Republican. *Barf.* Has he even read the party platform lately? I don’t think so. I’m LDS, and frankly I consider Harry Reid an embarrassment. He needs to get over his obsessive behavior with Mitt Romney’s income and taxes and maybe PASS A FREAKING BUDGET in the senate, where, gee, HARRY is majority leader. Puh-leeze.

    • Paula Noakes

      Just replying to myself. I don’t think all LDS that are Democrats are wrong, but I can tell you for myself, I did some really hard looking at both party platforms and stances several years ago, and decided there was no way my conscience would let me register as a Democrat and still be a worthy LDS church member. My own personal belief/experience. Others’ mileage may vary.

    • Maria

      I apologize for my state putting him in the Senate.

      • G

        He stole the election. SEIU represens the voting machine technicians in Clark County (Las Vegas), NV.

        • Maria

          And that is where I voted.. *sigh*

  • Chip

    Funny, I thought they invited the Governor into Utah, home of LDS, to help with the Olympics and he kicked butt. Yet, they don’t want him to be the face of the Mormons?

  • maniakmedic

    Harry Reid is a world class douchenozzle. As a Mormon myself I’m ashamed we share a religion. Nothing about his behavior or his words even remotely exemplifies what it means to be LDS. He’s a liar (as has been amply demonstrated today) and I can honestly say I don’t know a single Mormon who thinks he’s a decent person, much less an upstanding church member. And since most Mormons I know take work seriously (personal responsibility is HUGE for us), the fact he can’t even manage to do his job (hello, not a single budget passed in over 3 years, anyone?) doesn’t speak well for how seriously he actually takes his responsibilities and membership.

    As Paula said, Reid wonders why more Mormons aren’t LDS. Might have something to do with the fact that Jesus never stole from people to give it to other people (the entire Democratic platform in a nutshell). He asked people to give up worldly possessions and let them make the choice. If they didn’t, they didn’t, Jesus didn’t show up on their doorstep with his disciples and force them to cough up what they had. Charity has always been a personal thing. And in the Bible there are even places where it flat out says (paraphrasing) “if you don’t work, you don’t eat.” Breathing does not entitle you to jack squat.

    I loathe Harry Reid. And I honestly can’t say that about many people.

  • Maria

    Reid is from my state and for that I apologize wholeheartedly. I did not vote for him ever, but nonetheless it is my state’s fault he is in the Senate. I am sorry.

  • Emjay Graykat

    If Harry Reid is a practicing Mormon then Barack Obama is a free market capitalist.

  • Dena Piraino

    Unlike Harry’s imaginary “friends”, I know for a fact that he stuffed the ballot in Nevada with hotel union employees to get re-elected. I have real friends in Nevada who told me.

  • Mike Bennion

    Of all Mormons in the world, I find Harry Reid least qualified to question the religious observance of Mitt Romney. I am very disappointed and disgusted by Senator Reid’s tactics and stands on issues. Shame on him.

  • John doe

    Mormons have to donate there religion demands it. This is how the Moron church is funded.

    • UnificationBoard

      Mormons do give 10%. Romney gave much more to charity than the 10% he gave to the church.

  • Charlotte Powell

    Pot calling kettle black syndrome? No wait, that would mean Harry was as generous as Mitt & fam. Sick of two faced, damned if you do and damned if you don’t crap from Washington! They just don’t want someone to come in and cut their purse strings!

  • UnificationBoard

    Mitt Romney made his money via the free market. Harry Reid made his money via being a senator. Reid disgusts me.

  • LOLO

    I am not a Mormon so I really didn’t think my opinion would count for much, but when I first heard this I sure did think Reid stooped to a new low. Now that I’ve read comments from some Mormons I am sure of it. I especially like the comment about Reid supporting same sex marriage and abortion. I sure hope REIDS NOT the face of any Christian religion. Just unbelievable.

  • Elevila Brown Giles

    Harry should apologize to the Church NOW !! He is a disgrace ! He is despicable & a Liar. I wonder why he even calls himself a Mormon ? I don’t think he really is…with all the lying he is doing out in public every day ?? How does he sleep at night ??