We've all heard the controversy about presidential candidate Mitt Romney's faith. Is he a Christian? He claims to be, yet 75 percent of American Protestant pastors disagree with the statement: "I personally consider Mormons to be Christians." Wherever you stand, here are the top 10 reasons Christians can never vote for Mitt Romney – and they have nothing to do with his Mormon faith.
- Romney forced homosexual marriage upon Massachusetts.
When the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court decided in 2003 to recognize homosexual "marriage," ignoring the voters and the Constitution, the court admitted it did not have power to issue licenses or force participation by justices of the peace to solemnize the weddings. But as governor, Romney didn't wait for the legislature to act, he just ordered the marriage licenses and weddings to go forward, all by himself. Earlier this month, Romney said in New Hampshire, "What I would support [nationwide] is letting people who are of the same gender form – if you will – partnership agreements." And despite the over 2,500 pedophilia cases now on record involving homosexual Scout leaders, Romney once stated, "I feel that all people should be allowed to participate in the Boy Scouts regardless of their sexual orientation."
- Romney is pro-abortion.
This year he's the only major Republican presidential candidate who has yet to sign the Susan B. Anthony List pledge to defend life and defund Planned Parenthood nationwide. Candidates Bachmann, Perry, Gingrich, Paul, Pawlenty and Santorum all signed the pledge, although it should be noted Herman Cain supports everything in the pledge except the Fetal Pain Act. (Cain is not fully pro-life, either.) And who can forget Mitt's famous 2002 campaign debate bragging repeatedly that he's more pro-choice than Ted Kennedy?
- Romneycare is the reason we have Obamacare.
Long before President Obama forced a socialist health-care system on America, Mitt Romney seized control of private hospitals for the People's Republic of Massachusetts. Then he forced Christian hospitals and taxpayers to subsidize and facilitate abortions for just a $50 co-pay, proof here.
Romney won't defund abortion, and he won't protect the conscience rights of Christian health-care workers who refuse to help in child-murder.
- Romney opposes our Second Amendment rights.
Gun Owners of America recently rebuked Romney for saying he promised not to do anything to "chip away" at Massachusetts' extremely restrictive gun laws. "We do have tough gun laws in Massachusetts; I support them," he said during a gubernatorial debate. "I won't chip away at them; I believe they protect us and provide for our safety." Even worse, Romney signed a law to permanently ban many semi-automatic firearms. Romney said in 2004, "They are instruments of destruction with the sole purpose of hunting down and killing people." Romney also spoke in favor of the Brady law's five-day waiting period on handguns. The Boston Globe quotes Romney saying, "I don't think (the waiting period) will have a massive effect on crime, but I think it will have a positive effect."
- Romney appoints liberal Democrats as judges.
The Boston Globe confirmed that as a so-called "Republican" governor of Massachusetts, Mitt Romney appointed 14 Democrats, 13 Independents and only 9 Republicans as judges. That's 27 of 36, or 3 of every 4, Romney judges that are liberal. So if President Romney someday appoints even one Supreme Court Justice, there's a 75 percent chance they'll vote with Kagan and Sotomayor 100 percent of the time. If we wouldn't trust Romney himself on the Supreme Court, why let him appoint more Massachusetts Democrats to the federal bench?
- Mitt Romney supports adoption of innocent children by homosexual cohabitaters.
As if orphans don't have enough troubles, "Gov. Romney has consistently said that gay adoption should be assessed on a state-by-state basis," his spokesman said this month. On Oct. 17, 2006, CNN's Wolf Blitzer asked Romney: "Should – do you believe that gays and lesbians should be able to adopt children?"
Romney responded: "Well, they are able to adopt children."
Blitzer followed: "But do you think that's good?"
Romney said: "And I'm not going to change that."
And Romney won't veto any pro-homosexual bill passed by Congress. He'd start by supporting ENDA, the so-called "Employment Non-Discrimination Act" that would force churches, religious schools, and Christian charities and bookstores to hire immoral people who oppose their religious mission. Tim Russert once asked Romney on "Meet the Press":
Russert: You said [in 1994] that you would sponsor [Sen. Ted Kennedy's federal] Employment Nondiscrimination Act. Do you still support it?
Romney: At the state level. I think it makes sense at the state level for states to put in provision of this.
Romney won't protect the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), or actually campaign to repeal Don't Ask, Don't Tell to protect our chaplains and Christian troops from harassment. He's in bed with the homosexual movement – at the same time he avoids Christians in Iowa like the plague.
- A shocking new book shows Romney actively hurt pro-family causes.
According to Amy Contrada's new book, "Mitt Romney's deception, His Stealth Promotion of "Gay Rights" and "Gay Marriage" in Massachusetts," Gov. Romney, from 2003-2006:
- worked closely with homosexual activists and pro-gay rights advisers;
- implemented "gay marriage" through his executive departments without legislative authorization, violating the Massachusetts Constitution;
- pushed a constitutional amendment strategy doomed to failure, and ignored the call to remove the activist judges who ruled for "gay marriage";
- funded and promoted GLBT indoctrination in the public schools through his "Governor's Commission on Gay and Lesbian Youth," and his Department of Education "Safe Schools" programs;
- undermined religious freedom, failing to defend Catholic Charities in the "homosexual adoptions" fiasco;
- continued or implemented radical homosexual and transgender programs in his executive departments.
- Romney is not a fiscal conservative.
While he wishes to appear pro-business, Romneycare proved him just another Obama-clone socialist. And Romney still hasn't told the truth about how he opposed the Bush tax cuts.
- Romney supported liberal amnesty programs.
He hindered America's national security and economic independence, as Americans for Border Security reports: "In 2006 Gov. Romney supported the president's immigration policy as well as the McCain-Kennedy bill. He expressed support for an immigration program that places large numbers of illegal residents on the path toward citizenship. …" [without requiring they return home and wait their turn, allowing them to cut in line before law-abiding immigrants]
Never mind that Romney hired (then fired) illegal aliens to landscape his yard. If Romney supports unlimited amnesty without any rule of law, how will he stand on national security?
- Romney made the Top 10 list of worst RINOs.
According to the official list keepers of Republicans-In-Name-Only at Human Events, he's listed eight-worst in America because he said, "I believe that abortion should be safe and legal in this country." He supports civil unions and stringent gun laws. After visiting Houston, Romney criticized the city's aesthetics, saying, "This is what happens when you don't have zoning."
Bottom line: Evangelical Christians who care about pro-family, pro-freedom, pro-life, pro-marriage and pro-law/order issues can NEVER support Mitt Romney for president, even if he wins the Republican primary, and it has nothing whatsoever to do with his Mormon faith.
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Chaplain Gordon James Klingenschmitt is a former Navy chaplain who runs The Pray In Jesus Name Project, which delivered 2.5 million fax petitions to Congress last year for Christian causes.