ExMormons On Mitt

A billboard advertising ex-Mormon support groups; Mormon pioneer leader Brigham Young in front of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Temple in Salt Lake City; Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney; ex-Mormon Sue Emmett. (Source: Getty Images; AP Photo)

Brigham Young’s descendant on Mormons and Mitt

The Daily Beast has caught up with Sue Emmett, the great-great-granddaughter of Brigham Young and current president of the ExMormon Foundation, to get her take on why she left the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and how she feels about current Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney.  Brigham Young, if you don’t know, was the founder of Salt Lake City and the Mormon president and prophet for 30 years, and is famous for stating, about increasing his flock, quote, “I don’t care how you bring ‘em, just bring ‘em young.”

Ahem.

Emmett’s comments fall right in line with what I’ve heard about Mormonism – it spends most of its money promoting the image that many of its followers expemplify: honest, wholesome family values.  That’s so you don’t know about A) all the crazy stuff, and B) all the intolerant crap, most of which Emmett details in her quest for equal treatment as a Mormon woman.  When talking about Romney, she brings up the White Horse Prophecy, which sounds like something out of a Stephen King novel, but is probably at the forefront of Mitt’s mind, no matter how much he says it isn’t.  The thing that astonished me the most? Emmett is of the opinion that Mitt’s father, George Romney, who ran for President in 1968, “would have made a much better president. In many ways the church was more benign then than it is now.”  Staggering.  Apparently, at the height of rampant racism within the Mormon church, it was MORE BENIGN than it is now.  Yeesh.  Take the time to click here and read the full article over at The Daily Beast.