Linda & Richard Eyre: Solving America's problems at the roots

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  • donn layton, UT
    Sept. 22, 2012 9:21 a.m.

    RE: Bill in Nebraska, Catholic Vote supports Romney’s family values. We have life, marriage and religious liberty at the top of the list, because these issues are foundational. And on life, marriage and religious liberty, Mitt Romney is immeasurably better than Barack Obama.

    But not Mormonism. As non-Catholic historians admit, it can be demonstrated easily that early Church writers, such as Ignatius of Antioch, Eusebius, Clement of Rome, and Polycarp, had no conception of Mormon doctrine, and they knew nothing of a "great apostasy."
    Nowhere in their writings can one find references to Christians embracing any of the peculiarly Mormon doctrines, such as polytheism, polygamy, celestial marriage, and temple ceremonies. If the Church of the apostolic age was the prototype of today’s Mormon church, it must have had all these beliefs and practices. But why is there no evidence of them in the early centuries, before the alleged apostasy began?

  • skeptic Phoenix, AZ
    Sept. 22, 2012 7:32 a.m.

    Bill in Nebraska: It seems some Mormon peoples interpretation of a traditional family is similar to some Muslim interpretation where the women have no rights to divorce, contraception, control over their own bodies and where the men (husbands) are the controlling patriarch in charge of the family lives. It was never a good system, and times are changing. Women are gaining equal rights and one day the priesthood, and that will make for a better family live and society. I hope you will be OK with it.

  • Bill in Nebraska Maryville, MO
    Sept. 21, 2012 6:18 p.m.

    skeptic: You state that President Obama seems to meet all the criteria. Maybe you purposely missed that the major part was the PROTECTION OF THE TRADITIONAL FAMILY. In this not only does Obama miss he literally is totally against. President elect Romney on the other hand does meet the criteria much better and entirely where no Democrat can now and definitely not in the near future. Protection of the traditional is paramount to a society. That leaves all others as against a society. Unfortunately, death, divorce and other things hurts the traditional family. Until you and others of like mind understand the traditional family and the part it plays in any society. You will never understand the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

  • skeptic Phoenix, AZ
    Sept. 21, 2012 12:41 p.m.

    What Mitt Romney are the Eryes talking about, it cetainly dosen't sound like the Mitt Romney that is running for president; as they suggest it must just be a dream in their head. As far as being a good family man, President Obama seems to meet that criteria, are the Eryes too blinded by their own prejudices to see that. Maybe if Obama were Mormon.

  • IndependentLiberal Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 21, 2012 11:05 a.m.

    I am a devote liberal, but as I thought through the questions posed in the article, I can’t help but wonder what specifically it had to with the Romney family. I believe that near all people in the US single, married or otherwise agree with your premises. I also believe that the next white house family WILL meet the intended criteria of the model family you so narrowly define.

  • pmccombs Orem, UT
    Sept. 21, 2012 8:55 a.m.

    Because the decline of the family is a function of the mature money economy, I look forward to the day when Mitt Leveraged-Buyout Romney takes the first step toward reversing this decline by thumbing his nose at the global economy and promoting local ones.

  • dr.bridell mclean, VA
    Sept. 21, 2012 12:20 a.m.

    Ahhhhh, if only it could come to be!