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What if We Always Called Mitt Bishop Romney? It Could Be a Game Changer

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Anyone who has a question about the effect of Romney's having been a Mormon Bishop for over ten years should refer, should ALWAYS refer to him as Bishop Romney. It could be a game changer because it will make the majority of voters who are unaware of this aspect of Bishop Romney's background think through the implications and possibilities.

Presidential candidate Mitt Romney is often called Governor Romney. But he was also, for a longer time, a Mormon Bishop-- the highest member of the Mormon hierarchy in Boston. 

This is something that no presidential candidate has ever had in his history before. It is no small fact. it is a huge aspect of his history, his personality, his character and most important, his record, that has been, for the most part, ignored. 

We should not be surprised that the mainstream media has ignored this. But Democrats would be wise to build this TRUTH into their public dialogue-- every time they speak. 

During the 2008 election, many GOP supporters, especially on FOX News, referred to Obama as Barrack Hussein Obama, often accusing him of being Muslim. The middle name was true. The Muslim accusation was a lie. But it stuck. 40% of Republicans think Obama is a Muslim. 

Here, with Romney, we have a truth. He WAS a Mormon Bishop for over ten years.

Referring to him as Bishop is not extreme or even off-base.  it is customary for people with significant titles or histories of having held major positions to be referred to with those titles. We might call him Bishop Governor Romney, but it is just as appropriate to call him Bishop as it is to call him Governor. 


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But for Romney opponents, there is a big advantage to referring to him as Bishop Romney rather than Governor Romney or Mr. Romney. 

Most people are not aware Romney was a bishop. If pundits on the Democratic side, and Democratic elected officials start referring to him as Bishop Romney, injecting it routinely into the conversation, it  will force the media to deal with the FACT.

There are some answers. Nancy L Cohen wrote, in her article http://www.alternet.org/print/belief/mitt-romneys-role-mormon-bishop-shows-his-extremist-religious-beliefs">Mitt Romney's Role as Mormon Bishop Shows His Extremist Religious Beliefs

"Romney ultimately spent nearly 14 years as a Mormon clergyman, becoming the highest Mormon Church leader in the Boston region. He resigned in 1994 to run for the U.S. Senate against Ted Kennedy.

Chosen as a kind of enforcer-in-chief, Romney betrayed a zeal far beyond the call of duty. Bishop Romney tried to stop a mother of four whose health was seriously endangered by her pregnancy from having an abortion [11]. The church allows abortion in cases of rape, incest, and danger to the life of the mother, provided a male LDS authority gives permission to the pregnant woman. Romney's superior had already told the woman to proceed for the sake of her health; Romney intervened. Romney refused to allow an infertile couple [12] to take advantage of the LDS adoption service until the wife agreed to quit her job and be a stay-at-home mother. Other reliable reports of Mitt's years as a Mormon clergyman have him excommunicating adulterers, [13] calling homosexuals under his authority " perverse [11]," warning a middle-aged divorced woman [10] that she was not allowed to have sex, and telling a leading Mormon feminist, " You're not my kind of Mormon [11]."

Cohen also makes it clear that this is NOT about Romney practicing his Mormon faith in his personal life. It's about how he will be willing and able to separate his decisions as presidents from Mormon theology. She writes,

The record from Romney's four brief years in elected office [11] is not comforting.

Candidate Romney supported a women's right to legal abortion, and opposed abstinence-only sex education; Governor Romney opposed abortion, tried to roll back reproductive rights and embryonic stem-cell research, and expanded abstinence-only sex education. The candidate dropped pink fliers [11] at Boston's Gay Pride parade saying, "Mitt and Kerry wish you a great Pride weekend." Mitt the governor tried to change state law to allow Catholic adoption agencies to discriminate against gay couples. Most troubling, given the credible Washington Post report [14] about a teenaged Mitt chopping off the hair of a gay classmate, was Romney's elimination of the governor's Commission on Gay and Lesbian Youth [11]. The commission had been chartered by Republican Governor William Weld to tackle the problem of gay teen suicide.

And Cohen discusses how JFK, 62 years ago, stated, "I believe in an America where the separation of church and state is absolute"  She reports that JFK "went on to promise that no priest, bishop or pope would hold any power over him. "Whatever issue may come before me as president -- on birth control, divorce, censorship, gambling or any other subject -- I will make my decision in accordance with [my views as the Democratic candidate for president and] in accordance with what my conscience tells me to be the national interest, and without regard to outside religious pressures or dictates." Then, Cohen adds,

"Romney's statements on religion and politics cut exactly the opposite way. "Freedom requires religion just as religion requires freedom, " Romney asserted in a major 2007 speech."

This is not a matter of attacking Romney for his religion. it's about him being the highest level appointed official in a church hierarchy in history.  Being a member of any religious faith should be fine with Americans. But being so high in the hierarchy, having been so much more under the direction and supervision and control of higher members of the hierarchy forces us to ask serious questions about loyalty to the church. John F. Kennedy, as the first Catholic candidate, was asked tough questions about his being a Catholic. Romney should be asked tough questions, not only about being a Mormon, but about being a Bishop. And voters should be reminded, every day, that they should be considering tough questions about him having been a bishop. 

Bishops are accustomed to giving orders. They are among the ultimate top down control figures among humankind. They judge what is right and wrong, with great latitude within their hierarchy and then order people what to do. Do we want that habit, that experience as a leader in a president? I don't, and I think that it's a question that voters should be reminded of very, very regularly. 

Bottom line, I'm encouraging (not requiring)  the writers on my site, Opednews.com, to refer to Romney as Bishop Romney. I encourage liberals and progressives and Libertarians-- anyone who feels Bishop Romney's experience should be considered by voters-- to refer to him as Bishop Romney, including members of congress, even President Obama. That's right. 

Tonight, President Obama should refer to his debate opponent as Bishop Romney. It could turn the race around. Fox News pundits and anchors will howl bloody murder. The more times Obama uses the term the more they will howl. And that will be exactly what Obama should want. it's what the GOP's Frank Luntz does when he creates words that he gets Democrats to use them-- like "The Death Tax."

Even if Obama doesn't go there, members of congress should. Party leaders should. Bloggers should refer to the GOP presidential candidate as Bishop Romney" every time. 

It could be a game changer. 

One more thing. We'd like to see cartoons, like this one, created, portraying Bishop Romney. Post them in comments on this article and we'll be able to use them. Be sure to give credit if you're using someone else's image or photo of Romney. Feel free to photoshop. If there's a genuine photo of Bishop Romney dressed in his Bishop Regalia, please provide a link. 

 

Rob Kall has spent his adult life as an awakener and empowerer-- first in the field of biofeedback, inventing products, developing software and a music recording label, MuPsych, within the company he founded in 1978-- Futurehealth, and founding, organizing and running 3 conferences: Winter Brain, on Neurofeedback and consciousness, Optimal Functioning and Positive Psychology (a pioneer in the field of Positive Psychology, first presenting workshops on it in 1985) and Storycon Summit Meeting on the Art Science and Application of Story-- each the first of their kind.  Then, when he found the process of raising people's consciousness and empowering them to take more control of their lives  one person at a time was too slow, he founded Opednews.com-- which has been the top search result on Google for the terms liberal news and progressive opinion for several years. Rob began his Bottom-up Radio show, broadcast on WNJC 1360 AM to Metro Philly, also available on iTunes, covering the transition of our culture, business and world from predominantly Top-down (hierarchical, centralized, authoritarian, patriarchal, big)  to bottom-up (egalitarian, local, interdependent, grassroots, archetypal feminine and small.) Recent long-term projects include a book, Bottom-up-- The Connection Revolution, debillionairizing the planet and the Psychopathy Defense and Optimization Project. 

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While I get where you're coming from, this isn't a... by Rob Taber on Monday, Oct 22, 2012 at 12:21:37 PM
He likes to be referred to as Governor Romney. He ... by Rob Kall on Monday, Oct 22, 2012 at 1:09:41 PM
may expect to be subject to public scrutiny. This ... by Daniel Geery on Monday, Oct 22, 2012 at 1:23:07 PM
As an active Mormon, I can say that It's certainly... by Carl Bohman on Monday, Oct 22, 2012 at 1:54:41 PM
Getting people to think about a major aspect of a ... by Rob Kall on Monday, Oct 22, 2012 at 2:19:07 PM
anyone in their right mind should be.Please see my... by Daniel Geery on Monday, Oct 22, 2012 at 3:21:47 PM
Dan, I am not that afraid of a foreign war as much... by J. Dexter Smith on Monday, Oct 22, 2012 at 5:53:30 PM
What, pray tell, do you call using President Obama... by Alex Howard on Wednesday, Oct 24, 2012 at 10:10:47 AM
In the LDS church the heads of local parishes ("wa... by Daniel Vasey on Monday, Oct 22, 2012 at 5:12:28 PM
may be read about here: click here... by Daniel Geery on Monday, Oct 22, 2012 at 8:50:05 PM
Exactly right Rob. Bishop Romney. Hang that dead c... by Stephen Pizzo on Monday, Oct 22, 2012 at 12:43:45 PM
so low as to resort to a religious attack?  S... by Michael Morris on Monday, Oct 22, 2012 at 1:07:38 PM
Please let other people know how terrible I am.&nb... by Rob Kall on Monday, Oct 22, 2012 at 1:12:51 PM
If an elected official or someone running for offi... by Daniel Vasey on Monday, Oct 22, 2012 at 6:16:54 PM
Remember that, Rob.  The truth hurts and, lik... by Alex Howard on Wednesday, Oct 24, 2012 at 10:17:09 AM
I thought Bishop was a title of respect.  Doe... by Richard Pietrasz on Tuesday, Oct 23, 2012 at 5:00:37 PM
This is a site in progress, but you get the idea: ... by Daniel Geery on Monday, Oct 22, 2012 at 1:08:42 PM
You got that right Rob, see your paragraph 6 Why ... by catherine diamond on Monday, Oct 22, 2012 at 1:42:44 PM
The truth, a subject of which Bishop Romney appear... by James Hadstate on Monday, Oct 22, 2012 at 2:48:49 PM
Important to remember, it was NOT ROMNEY who stood... by catherine diamond on Monday, Oct 22, 2012 at 3:55:00 PM
So would that be Bishop President, or President Bi... by Mari Eliza on Monday, Oct 22, 2012 at 2:41:42 PM
Talk about speaking truth to power! Calling the Mi... by Debbie Scally on Monday, Oct 22, 2012 at 2:46:23 PM
we did elect JFK ... by Daniel Geery on Monday, Oct 22, 2012 at 8:52:07 PM
Or, just plain cheeky? I hope the former; the lat... by Alex Howard on Wednesday, Oct 24, 2012 at 10:20:43 AM
at Humor. JFK was not a Catholic bishop. He wasn't... by James Hadstate on Friday, Oct 26, 2012 at 6:29:02 PM
...Mormon bishops have any sort of special regalia... by B. Ross Ashley on Monday, Oct 22, 2012 at 2:46:47 PM
If one takes a serious look at the Mormon church, ... by Michael Germain on Monday, Oct 22, 2012 at 2:58:06 PM
In case you forgot, we are voting for a President,... by catherine diamond on Monday, Oct 22, 2012 at 3:25:52 PM
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The sad truth is, we don't have to imagine what HA... by catherine diamond on Monday, Oct 22, 2012 at 3:59:46 PM
what a piss poor article, I cant stand Romney but ... by wizbang 99 on Monday, Oct 22, 2012 at 3:12:38 PM
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I agree with you 100%. It is TRASH... by catherine diamond on Monday, Oct 22, 2012 at 3:31:33 PM
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