Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Idaho Independent LDS Gubernatorial Candidate Rex Rammell Explains Why He Only Invited Mormon Elders To His "White Horse Prophecy" Campaign Tour

Idaho independent gubernatorial candidate Rex Rammell, a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who's been under fire since it was publicly revealed that he had organized a campaign tour to discuss the "White Horse Prophecy" and had invited only active LDS elders to attend, conducted a press conference to explain his reasoning. Rammell's official campaign website is available HERE. Accompanying media story in the Idaho Statesman.

During the press conference, Rammell explained that he only invited LDS elders to this series of lectures because he believed that only LDS elders would be interested in exploring this issue in depth. He said he intends to conduct other campaign events which will be open to all citizens. But Rammell scoffs at the notion of a so-called "separation of church and state", saying that this nation could not have won its independence and survived the War Between The States without God's help.

Part of the press conference was captured on video by a blogger named ChinoBlanco, and is embedded below:

After the storm initially broke, the LDS Church issued a statement reaffirming its political neutrality. Rammell has no problem with that attitude, stressing that he is not running as a Mormon, but as a citizen of Idaho. Nonetheless, many people are over-reacting to Rammell's statements, which shows why it is purposeless to cast pearls before swine. It was prophesied that in the latter days, there would be scoffers walking after their own lusts, and when a patriot like Rex Rammell is denigrated and caricatured because of his overt patriotism, it shows the prescience of those issuing the prophecy.

Rex Rammell is to be commended for holding firm to his ideals and refusing to roll over under pressure to the forces of political correctness. He's demonstrated the same backbone displayed by Utah State Senator Chris Buttars when Buttars was witch-hunted by the NAACP nearly two years ago. And lvtsg.com comes out in vigorous defense of Rex Rammell's freedom of speech:

After all – all he did was...let’s see...

1. He admitted to being dependent upon his God
2. He gave him credit where he felt credit was due
3. He is not afraid to ask his God for assistance in a time of need
4. He wanted to discuss the prophecies of his God with others of a like mind

Just WHEN did that become illegal?

When has that become something that is considered crazy or ridiculous?

Is it that he has brought “God” into his speeches – or the fact that he is a Mormon?

IMHO – we need MORE people of faith, people who are not afraid of admitting that they have faith – and that they practice it. People who have a faith, a deep seeded belief – NOT JUST on the day that they go to church, temple or what ever – but every day of the week! If people can’t stand up for what they believe in – then they are only paying it lip service- and shouldn’t be trusted with running our governments.

The Foundation for Apologetic Research & Information (FAIR) minimizes the significance of the White Horse prophecy, saying that it is not to be considered canon or scripture. It was never corroborated by the Prophet Joseph Smith, and he never confirmed that the text correctly transmitted what he said or intended. By the time the two individuals who allegedly heard it shared it with the public, Joseph Smith had been dead for ten years. But just because it is not "canon" doesn't necessarily mean it is apostate. It is still a valid subject for theological discussion.

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