Brigham Young’s great-great-granddaughter on Mormonism, Mitt Romney, and "Lying for the Lord"


Per an exclusive at The Daily Beast, Sue Emmett's great-great-grandfather was Brigham Young, the founder of Salt Lake City, first governor of Utah, and president and prophet of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) from 1847 until his death in 1877.

As an adult, she started having doubts about "the ethics and veracity of the church’s doctrine and its founders, including Young himself, and she grew increasingly concerned with the way, she says, the church treats women."

Why bring this up? Well, for one, the guy who is about to become the official Republican nominee for president of the United States is Mormon, and Sue Emmett has a few insights to share about what makes Mitt Romney tick.

Via The Daily Beast:

Emmett has watched Mitt Romney very closely throughout his public life and has strong opinions about what shaped his personality and his character. “Mitt is a product not only of his wealth, but of an organization that gives men power when they are 12 years old,” she says. “That is when boys are ordained with the priesthood. It is a big moment in a Mormon male’s childhood.”

As for what pundits say is Romney's difficulty connecting with people, Emmett blames it largely on what she calls “the entitled Mormon male syndrome, where the leadership professes compassion and concern but leaves the manifestations of that to the drones. All male leadership is not this way; there are some wonderful men who do their best to exercise their power compassionately, but many do not.”

Emmett says Romney was a bishop, “a position where everyone defers to you. What a bishop says goes. People come to them to receive blessings.” He then became a stake president, she says, which means he presided over several congregations, and at that point bishops deferred to him.

“Mitt has had people defer to him and not challenge him his entire life,” says Emmett. “In the Mormon church if you challenge your priesthood leaders it’s a very bad thing to do, especially for women. As the world can now see, Mitt has a very hard time with being questioned and criticized; he’s had so little of this in his life."

Ever wonder about Willard's flip flops about abortion rights? Well, according to Emmett, he got permission from church leaders in Salt Lake to change his position to that of supporting a woman's right to choose once upon a time. When it suited him politically.

What else does he need permission for?

She also believes he has truth issues, meaning he has difficulty sticking to it, or as I like to call it, lying. This quote from Emmett is rather disturbing: "Some modern apostles actually taught that it is not always the best thing to tell the truth if it interferes with preaching gospel.” She referred to it as "Lying for the Lord."

So he has permission to lie "for a higher cause." Got it.

Ken Clark worked as a teacher for the LDS Church Education System for over 25 years and also served as a bishop before leaving the church in 2003. Here's what he said:

“But what happens is when this becomes a part of your ethical tool kit, you develop a condescending attitude toward people. Like Ann Romney saying 'you people.’ This idea of lying for the Lord gives you license to place people on an inferior level."

Explains a lot, doesn't it?

  • Heathen, here, and though I do profess a basic level of respect for organized religion, I'm also somewhat cynical and critical of it. Think for yourself in this life, kids, that's why you were given your standard 'miracles', eyes, a mind, opposable thumbs, appendix, all that jazz. Don't let some guy in a business suit or a halloween costume con you out of your life savings, your independence, or worse, your life.

  • SlimShanty

    Well, even in your $10 walmart wranglers, you still can't behave like a man.

  • SlimShanty

    Ever wonder why people try to endlessly distract from one discussing one person by pointing to another?

  • SlimShanty

    As a former mormon, I can assure you that they are STILL oppressive towards women.

  • Marlowe53

    Doyle wrote that book well over a hundred years ago. What on earth does that have to do with current critics of the LDS Church?

  • The depth and degree of deception in anti-Mormon propaganda can be seen in Arthur Conan Doyle's short story "A Study in Scarlett". It portrayed Mormon society as oppressive to women; one in which women were forced into polygamous marriages against their will. At the very time "A Study in Scarlett", was written, Utah had the most liberal divorce laws in the United States and possibly the world.  Since 1852, any woman who insisted on a divorce got one. Lawyers from New York and other states often obtained easy Utah divorces by claiming their clients planned to move to Utah. 
    By comparison, life for women in England during Arthur Conan Doyle's life was far less liberating. The 1857 Matrimonial Causes Act allowed divorce through the law courts, instead of the slow and expensive business of a Private Act of Parliament. Under the terms of the act, the husband had only to prove his wife's adultery, but the wife had to prove her husband had committed not just adultery but also incest, bigamy, cruelty or
    desertion. Once divorced, the children became the man's property and the mother could be prevented from seeing her children.

  • " Ever wonder about Willard’s flip flops about abortion rights?"...

    Ever wonder about Obama's flip-flop on gay marriage?

  •  You are kidding .. right. Michelle (looks like a man) Obama buys $70,000 clam diggers...and she still looks like a man.

  •  BO can not debate his way out of a wet paper bag.

  • TariAkpodiete

    And then there's "Lady Romney", she of the $1,000.00 t-shirts, aka Marie Antoinette. We've seen her ilk before in Barbara Bush and her various comments over the years, especially on those displaced by Katrina. She dripped disdain for those little people types.

  • TariAkpodiete

    Well said, Jack!

  • I am waiting with bated breath for the debates between Sketchy and the President; Mitt Romney is going to get his head handed to him. Romney absolutely REEKS of a sense of entitlement. It oozes from every pore. It litters his speeches. It spills freely from "off the cuff" remarks. It's written all over his smug, self-important face, as he vainly prances from critique to critique, smart remark to smart remark, faux-pas to faux-pas to faux-pas to faux-pas to faux-pas to faux-pas to faux-pas to faux-pas to faux-pas (etc)

  • ...And then this black guy has audacity to call him out. That's gotta fry his thin-skinned hide!