Romney Cites Desire for Privacy on Mormon Church Tithing

By: Thursday August 23, 2012 1:29 pm

Gawker just dumped 950 pages of internal documents, mostly internal audited financial statements, from 20 funds tied to Bain Capital, investment vehicles for Mitt Romney, which they claim “reveal the mind-numbing, maze-like, and deeply opaque complexity with which Romney has handled his wealth, the exotic tax-avoidance schemes available only to the preposterously wealthy that benefit him, the unlikely (for a right-wing religious Mormon) places that his money has ended up, and the deeply hypocritical distance between his own criticisms of Obama’s fiscal approach and his money managers’ embrace of those same policies.”

The documents are quite jargon-heavy, and much of the information in the document dump that’s been revealed so far consist of reiteration or extended details of information that has already been revealed about tax-dodging schemes. So I’m not totally sure that we’re going to get so much out of these Bain documents, at least not right away. They add some color to the well-known fact that Romney, like many rich people, goes to great lengths to shelter his money from taxation.

However, we did learn something pretty valuable about Mitt Romney’s tax situation today. Romney doesn’t want to make his tithing public.


Romney Supporter Jeff Foxworthy Launches Bible Game Show

By: Saturday March 24, 2012 7:52 am

Jeff Foxworthy, best known for his “You might be a redneck” schtick and creating the game show “Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?” is bringing Americans another chance to test their ignorance on television with “The American Bible Challenge” which will pit teams of contestants representing “worthy faith-based organizations” against each other as they try to answers questions “designed to acknowledge and celebrate the Bible’s continuing importance in contemporary life and culture.”

Mormons Continue to Deliver for Romney in Critical Way

By: Wednesday March 7, 2012 11:07 am

Mitt Romney likely has the LDS community to thank for two of his six wins in yesterday’s Super Tuesday. While there are now entrance polls to verify this fact based on past voting patterns, it is very likely that the Mormon vote is what propelled Romney to both his big win in the Idaho caucus and his narrow victory in the Alaska caucus.

Mormons Posthumously Baptized Slain Reporter Daniel Pearl

By: Wednesday February 29, 2012 1:00 pm

Last week it was revealed that Anne Frank was posthumously baptized for the ninth time, and now the Boston Globe reports that Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, who was kidnapped and slain by Islamic terrorists in Karachi, Pakistan, in 2002, was posthumously baptized in June, 2011. The proxy baptism was conducted in a Mormon temple in Twin Falls, Idaho.

Eric Ethington: Interview with Mitch Mayne, an Openly-Gay Member of a Mormon Bishopric

By: Friday September 2, 2011 5:07 pm

Guest post for Pam’s House Blend by Eric Ethington

I have a complicated past with the Mormon, or LDS, Church. I was raised as a member in Utah but was thrown from my house when I came out at 17 by an intolerant and bigoted Father who believed that I was an embarrassment because I wasn’t following the Mormon doctrine. I eventually rejoined the Church and went back into the closet (long story) and was married to a woman in the Mormon temple in SLC. Obviously, that didn’t last long. Since then, I have been an outspoken critic of the Mormon Church and their policies and attitudes towards the LGBT community.

FDL Late Night: Jon Huntsman, Homeless, Pulls a Coulter on Voter Reg

By: Friday March 25, 2011 8:01 pm

Outgoing Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman, known everywhere as The Sane Moderate One (or The Other Mormon Dude) among 2012 Goat Rodeo participants, has a bit of an “oopsie” of the Ann Coulter variety when it comes to his voter registration…

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