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Mormon Fraud

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Mormonism: An Insidious Contemporary Fraud
Park Romney responds to questions about Mitt Romney's campaign. Exposes the Fraud of Mormonism, with damning evidence.

The political agenda of the Mormon Church
Janis Hutchinson is recognized as an expert on cult recovery and the serious problems of former cult members when converting to traditional churches. Her knowledge of Mormonism comes from having been an active Mormon for thirty-four years during which time she served two local missions, married a former Mormon missionary, and sent a daughter on a full-time mission.

Mountain Meadows Massacre - Worst Mass Murder in the History of the United States
Brigham Young, is undeniably the worst mass murder in the history of the United States of America, just from the fruits of his preachings.

Dangerous Cult Similarities in the Mormon Church, Branch Davidians and Jonestown
These cults have some very clear similarities that classify them, by definition, as a cult. One of these is: the group is elitist, claiming a special, exalted status for itself, its leader(s), and members (for example: the leader is considered the Messiah or an avatar; the group and/or the leader has a special mission to save humanity). Joseph Smith, in starting his Mormon Church of Latter Day Saints, proclaimed he was a direct descendant of Jesus and his followers can become gods themselves, replete with their own worlds to rule with a plethora of wives. He urged followers to take up arms against the U.S. militia and died as a “martyr”. Branch Davidian leader David Koresh proclaimed messiah status in 1990 when he changed his name from Timothy Howell and strongly favored polygamy for himself and also dealt in illegal firearms. People’s Temple cult leader James Jones proclaimed exalted status where members even signed over custody of their children to Jones. All three men proclaimed a sense of divinity and demanded allegiance through intimidation and threats towards their followers. All three led their followers to an untimely, violent death in defense of the cult and its leaders.

The Mormon Masterpiece
On a spring day in 1820, Joseph Smith walked into the woods near his home in Palmyra, N.Y., and knelt down to pray. While on his knees within this grove of trees, he claims to have not only seen, but spoken with, God and Jesus Christ, thus beginning his controversial and remarkably ambitious creation—The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This creation, like any work of art, was intended to evoke emotions, steer thinking in a specific direction and, most importantly, convince believers that what they are seeing, hearing and feeling is true and real. Nibley’s description of Smith’s work adds to his role as an artistic visionary: “The most singular contributions in every field of human endeavor have been made by persons who outraged the establishment by transcending the current rules; the productions of genius, to say nothing of divine revelation, are necessarily unconventional in method and offensive to the scholar.”

The Other Romney on Mitt & the LDS Threat
This is from Park Romney, Mitt's ex-Mormon cousin. Now, being a cousin to Mitt isn't as impressive as you would think, considering that they are not that greatly removed from their polygamists forefathers. That said, he knows more about Mormonism and what shaped the mind of Mitt Romney than anyone else....

Is a Pretty Young Mormon Woman Evidence of GOP Voter Fraud?
A disturbing video is making the rounds: a pretty, young, fresh-faced Mormon woman outside a Safeway store in Colorado Springs registering voters. It may sound as innocent as she looks, but what lies beneath the surface seems a little uglier, especially given Adalia Woodbury’s coverage of Romney/GOP voter fraud yesterday. A patron, using her cell phone to record the exchange, confronts the girl and questions her:

Can I sue the Mormon Church?
Once the eyes open, and the once-faithful Mormon realizes that the church is a fraud, it's natural to think back about how stupid you were, and what you have lost in time and money. Every new ex-Mormon is going to ask, "Can I sue them?" After all, they cheated me, they took ten percent of my income, they duped me, they ruined my life and caused me untold anguish, and that's WRONG! I am frequently asked, "Can I sue the church? Can I get a refund of my tithing? Didn't the church commit fraud, extortion? Can we file a class action suit?" The answer to the question "Can I sue?" is, of course, "Yes, you can sue." But the more important question is, "If I sue, will I win?" DISCLAIMER ---- The following should not be relied upon as a definitive statement of the law. Your situation may differ, and you should obtain legal counsel only from your own attorney. The writer, although a retired attorney, is not presently authorized or licensed to give legal advice. The writer is speaking as a lay person only, and only in reference to the laws in the United States. ---- There are several possible legal theories under which one could sue the Mormon church for a refund of tithing. In my opinion, none of them would be successful. There are perhaps very limited situations for which one could successfully sue for other damages.

Joseph Smith - Author of The Book of Mormon and founder of the religion - A Fraud!
Mormon Fraud. Mormon Joseph Smith Founder and Fraud. Undeniable and absolute proof exits that Joseph Smith was a fraud. The Book of Abraham. Part of the mormons main doctrine, translated by Joseph Smith from Ancient Egyptian papyrus.

Dealer in Mormon Fraud called a Master Forger
DEALER IN MORMON FRAUD CALLED A MASTER FORGER He was shy, tentative and sometimes spoke so softly that he was barely audible. A kind of scholarly country bumpkin, Mark W. Hofmann flew to New York from the hinterlands bearing precious documents unearthed from America's past, or so it seemed, and he fooled everyone. On Jan. 23, Mr. Hofmann was sentenced to life in prison after pleading guilty here to two counts of second-degree murder and two counts of theft by deception. Investigators say he had sold dozens of potentially embarrassing and supposedly historical documents to the Mormon Church and then, in October 1985, used homemade bombs to murder two people in an effort to prevent them from disclosing that the documents were forged.

Mormon prophet - Joseph Smith - Con Man - Wiki results
Joseph Smith, Jr. (December 23, 1805 – June 27, 1844) was an American religious leader and founder of the Latter Day Saint movement, whose predominant branch is Mormonism. At age twenty-four Smith published the Book of Mormon, and in the next fourteen years he attracted thousands of followers, established cities and temples, and created a lasting religious culture. Smith was born in Sharon, Vermont, and by 1817 had moved with his family to the burned-over district of western New York, an area repeatedly swept by religious revivals during the Second Great Awakening. The Smiths believed in visions and prophecies, and participated in folk religious practices typical of the era. According to Smith, beginning in the early 1820s he had visions, in one of which an angel directed him to a buried book of golden plates inscribed with a Judeo-Christian history of ancient American civilizations. In 1830, he published what he said was an English translation of these plates as the Book of Mormon, and organized the Church of Christ as a restoration of the early Christian church. Church members were later called Latter Day Saints, Saints, or Mormons.

Mormon Counterfeiter - Mark Hofmann - Wiki Results
Mark William Hofmann (born December 7, 1954) is an American counterfeiter, forger and convicted murderer. Widely regarded as one of the most accomplished forgers in history, Hofmann is especially noted for his creation of documents related to the history of the Latter Day Saint movement.[1] When Hofmann's schemes began to unravel, he constructed bombs to murder two people in Salt Lake City, Utah. As of 2011, he is serving a life sentence at the Utah State Prison in Draper.

Mormonism's Joseph Smith: Nineteenth century con man?
Farr notices that this con mans suggests popular depictions of the prophet Joseph Smith, but she fails to explain that Smith, in the 1840s and 1850s was often pictured wearing a white cravat. The public career of Joseph Smith, Jr. was short and exceptionally eventful. It began in the late 1820s and ended abruptly, on June 27, 1844 at Carthage Jail. Within those few years, he burst upon the religious-political scene as a purported seer, recipient of visions, translator of dead languages, revelator of scriptures, president of an Ohio bank, mayor of the largest city in Illinois, and even a would-be candidate for the presidency of the United States.

Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon Fraud
Joseph’s “fertile imagination” inspired worldly doubt in his friends. They weren’t critical of his treasure digging, but when Joseph began to blur gold in caves with gold plates and God in heaven, several felt he was stretching the truth. Joseph himself wasn’t totally convinced of his visions. Some claimed that on several emotional occasions, Joseph admitted he had never seen anything with his peep stone. In Fawn Brodie’s telling phrase, there is a “savagely cynical account” by one of Joseph’s early confidants, Peter Ingersoll, about the origins of the Book of Mormon. According to Ingersoll, Joseph told him he’d brought home some fine white sand wrapped in his shirt, and his family wanted to know what it was. Joseph said, “I happened to think of what I had heard about a history found in Canada, called the golden Bible; so I very gravely told them I had received a commandment to let no one see it, for says I, no man can see it with the naked eye and live. However, I offered to take out the book and show it to them, but they refused to see it, and left the room. Now, I have got the damned fools fixed, and will carry out the fun.”

Mormonism - Anatomy of a Colossal Fraud
Beginning with a handful of members in 1830, the story of the Mormons has been marked by steady growth and success. Today they number around 9 million (only about half in this country), rake in $10 million a day, and wield influence beyond their numbers, being disproportionately represented in corporate management and in America's Intelligence apparatus. And their influence will continue to grow. Mormons are assiduous, if less than formidable, missionaries, and their emphasis on fecundity insures a constant growth in membership--after all, it's easier to breed new members than to convert them. Notorious for their squeaky-clean image, Mormons practice a religion born in controversy. The complete truth about their religion is not generally forthcoming--least of all from Mormons themselves--but is available from a number of sources. Exposes on the religion appeared early and often enough in the previous century, but tended to disappear for obvious reasons. Today their influence as well as a misguided form of tolerance, causes even some encyclopedias to shy away from unpleasant disclosures about the history of Mormonism. But the truth cannot be fully suppressed, and free from niceties, is presented below.

Mitt Romney's Mormon religion is 'demonstrable fraud' says relative
A relative of Mitt Romney is questioning whether he’s qualified to be a U.S. president because of his religion, Mormonism, is a “demonstrable contemporary fraud.” Park Romney, a former Mormon high priest who, raises the issue in an interview with the BBC for a documentary on Mormonism. The fundamental beliefs of the religion based on founder Joseph Smith’s translations of an Egyptian scroll, has been discredited by modern study of the documents, he said. “We are talking about a Church whose former prophet, Joseph Smith, declared himself King, and ordered the destruction of a private printing enterprise that was about to publish revelations about his personal indiscretions,” Park Romney says on his website.

A Family Discovers the truth about Mormon Fraud
A story of a family who recently discovered the truth of the Mormon Church I was born into the Church in 1957. I am the youngest of six children who are all active in the church, married in the Temple, etc. The whole time I was growing up I never really had a testimony of the church, and as I got older I was even embarrassed to admit that I was a Mormon. I guess it was because of the "sixties", short skirts, peace, love and freedom that I felt restricted to the dress standards, the word of wisdom and being forced to go to seminary at 6:00 in the morning. I remember my grandmother who was a member of the church, but who I was very close to as she was an invalid and I would spend the night there alot to help her with things, saying "What an un-Godly hour of the morning to have to get up and go to church." I thought she was pretty cool about that.

Mormons and Fraud -- Affinity Fraud
A recent Salt Lake Tribune article details the prevalence of "affinity fraud" and how Utah Mormons are particularly suspect to it. Here are two passages: Those characteristics make Mormons vulnerable to what regulators and government investigators label "affinity fraud" in which groups who through shared associations develop bonds of trust that can be easily exploited by con artists. Though other faiths are similarly vulnerable, that is particularly true in the insular Mormon culture of Utah. "There's this notion that if you pay your tithing and do what you're supposed to do, the windows of heaven will be open to you and God will pour you out a blessing such that there's not room enough to receive it," said Keith Woodwell, a church member and director of the Division of Securities, the state's chief investigator of investment fraud. "So it's very easy for someone who has [fraud] as their motive to use that doctrine and say, 'Look, you're a member in good standing and you pay your tithing and you're entitled to be blessed.' " In effect, people seem to think that they are entitled to decide how they are to be blessed and in what ways. People always seem to choose material "blessings" rather than something else. The view seems to be that those who God loves he gives money to.

An American Fraud: One Lawyer’s Case against Mormonism
"Each of us has to face the matter” either the Church is true, or it is a fraud. There is no middle ground. It is the Church and kingdom of God or it is nothing.” LDS President Gordon B. Hinckley, April ...

Mormon Church a Fraud, Divides Families
While GOP presidential frontrunner Mitt Romney is not known for a willingness to discuss his Mormon faith in detail, at least during his political speeches, a family member and former Mormon has come out to accuse The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints of being a cult and a fraud. ...

Joseph Smith's flaws don't make Mormonism a fraud
The logic behind this loss of faith — Joseph Smith was a fraud, therefore the religion that he founded is phony, and one’s entire experience as a Mormon is bogus — is actually just the reverse of how many Mormons approach their faith. If the Book of Mormon is true, the thinking goes, then everything Joseph Smith did or said was divinely inspired. And if Joseph Smith was divinely inspired in everything, then everything about the church is just how God wants it. I am an active Mormon and I love my church. At the same time, I can empathize with the disillusionment felt by those who investigate LDS history for the first time after having been exposed only to sanitized versions of church history.

Romney's cousin: Mormonism is a Fraud
“I became convinced that it’s a fraud.” “There’s compelling evidence that the Mormon Church leaders knowingly and wilfully misrepresent the historical truth of their origins and of the church for the purpose of deceiving their members into a state of mind that renders them exploitable,” he explained.

Is the Mormon church a fraud? How can I know?
Is the Mormon Church a Fraud? How can I know? A couple of weeks ago I discovered this website and since that time I have been devouring the materials posted here and on those sites that are similar in nature. I'm a BIC Mormon and, after learning of the many problems and inconsistencies respecting the history of the church and the actions of its past and current leaders, I'm feeling frustrated, mad, conflicted, overwhelmed and confused. I find myself asking whether it could be possible that the historical accounts revealing the character and morality flaws that JS appears to have exhibited are mistaken? Is this the adversary's way of destroying the foundation of the church? This would make sense since the entire deck of cards (the church) rests on the validity and credibility of JS.

Mormonism Cult founded on fraud of Joseph Smith
All ideologies, political, religious and spiritual are NOT created equal. Let's get that out of the way. Private citizens are free to belong to whatever CULT they wish even those which have a rather bizzare belief system that resembles something out of Stephen King's 'Children of the Corn'. But should that 'Private Citizen' seek high national office, the highest in our land, it is fair to ask whether and how the peculiar tenets of his CULT membership will impact his leadership. Mitt reminds some of Rod Serling's TV series. Mormons have been referred to as "shape-shifters" and their 'faith' is widely regarded as a CULT. Given the evidence of Romney's continuing conflicts with himself and his ability to literally OUTRIGHT LIE ON CUE, many joke that the most fascinating Republican debate would be Romney vs. Romney. Others have theorized that his shape-shifting ways actually might be good for the country. I do not share that sentiment. Ironically, if you have read John Heilman & Mark Halperin's book 'Game Change' you will realize that the man seeking to stamp himself as the rightful heir of the Reagan mantle is one who is viewed by many in his own party as a man who lacks a soul and a set of guiding principles that the Gipper had. Even his "Gipper" pose is contrived. Or as stated by one Conservative writer, 'The flipper is no Gipper'.

The Book of Mormon: Fraud or Fiction?
There is no evidence that Joseph Smith ever translated anything, including the golden plates into the Book of Mormon. The facts are that he mistranslated portions of the Bible, as well as the Book of Abraham, the Kinderhook plates, and a Greek psalter. In addition, there is ample evidence that he did not translate the golden plates into the Book of Mormon.

Why the Book of Mormon is a fraud
WHY THE BOOK OF MORMON IS A FRAUD By Dr. P. Bradley Carey From his book And The Dead Shall Walk The Earth (c) 2005 First of all, despite claims to the contrary, the Book of Mormon is the work of man and is not inspired by God. Since its original publication there have been over 4,000 alterations made to this supposedly inspired writing. These changes include deletions of entire sections, the changing of characters named in the book, changes of the names of locations, and much more. Yet despite all these alterations, this book still contains numerous errors and contradictions.

Park Romney: Mormonism Is a Fraud - Mitt's cousin, former high priest, has left their religion
Not all Romneys are as enamored of Mormonism as Mitt. Take Park Romney, Mitt's cousin. He used to be a Mormon high priest, but finally left the religion. "I became convinced that it's a fraud," he tells the BBC. He doubts many aspects of the religion, such as founder Joseph Smith's prophecies, including those based on Smith's translation of an Egyptian scroll he said he purchased from a traveling mummy exhibit. The translation, which became part of the Mormon book of Abraham, has been discredited by Egyptologists. "There's compelling evidence that the Mormon Church leaders knowingly and willfully misrepresent the historical truth of their origins and of the church for the purpose of deceiving their members into a state of mind that renders them exploitable," says Park Romney, 56.

33 Reasons why I left the Mormon Church
In fact, I’ve found the Mormon Church is actually a huge fraud; a fraud like the Enron Corporation. When this became clear to me, it also became clear that there is really no positive side to Mormonism that outweighs or balances the simple fact that it’s a fraud. As much as I’d like to be balanced in my discussion about it, the fact that it’s a fraud, makes that goal impossible.

Challenging the Book of Mormon
If one scoffs at the missionary’s explanation of the Book of Mormon, he is in so many words claiming it to be false: That it is a deceiving fraud formulated through the efforts and talents of a common man. What is produced by one man can always be duplicated by another. The challenge that the Book of Mormon makes to the world is that of duplication. Because the book complies with every one of the following conditions, in order to produce a similar record, one must comply with the same conditions.

Mormonism: A Racket Becomes a Religion
In March 1826 a court in Bainbridge, New York, convicted a twenty-one-year-old man of being "a disorderly person and an impostor." That ought to have been all we ever heard of Joseph Smith, who at trial admitted to defrauding citizens by organizing mad gold-digging expeditions and also to claiming to possess dark or "necromantic" powers. However, within four years he was back in the local newspapers (all of which one may still read) as the discoverer of the "Book of Mormon." He had two huge local advantages which most mountebanks and charlatans do not possess. First, he was operating in the same hectically pious district that gave us the Shakers and several other self-proclaimed American prophets. So notorious did this local tendency become that the region became known as the "Burned-Over District," in honor of the way in which it had surrendered to one religious craze after another. Second, he was operating in an area which, unlike large tracts of the newly opening North America, did possess the signs of an ancient history.

Museum walls proclaim fraud of Mormon prophet - New York Times
Sacred Books Claimed to Have Been Given Divinely to the First Prophet Are Shown to be Taken from Old Egyptian Originals, Their Translation Being a Work of the Imagination---What a Comparison with Metropolitan Museum Treasures Shows.

Mormonism: An American Fraud
Meet Kay Burningham, attorney, advocate, and author of An American Fraud: One Lawyer's Case against Mormonism Here we discuss the truth about Mormonism--what people know, but are afraid to say and what others don't know, but are afraid to learn.

Romney’s cousin: Mormonism is a ‘fraud’
Park told BBC recently that he left the church because “I became convinced that it’s a fraud.” “There’s compelling evidence that the Mormon Church leaders knowingly and wilfully misrepresent the historical truth of their origins and of the church for the purpose of deceiving their members into a state of mind that renders them exploitable,” he explained. Park points to one of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saint’s foundational documents, the Book of Abraham, which church founder Joseph Smith claimed to have translated from an Egyptian scroll. After examining the translation, British Assyriologist Dr. Archibald Henry Sayce determined that it was “difficult to deal with Joseph Smith’s impudent fraud.”

An American Fraud. One Lawyer's Case against Mormonism by Kay Burningham
AN AMERICAN FRAUD: One Lawyer's Case against Mormonism "Each of us has to face the matter--either the Church is true, or it is a fraud. There is no middle ground. It is the Church and kingdom of God or it is nothing."--LDS President Gordon B. Hinckley, April Conference, 2003. Many Mormons assume that this and other similar proclamations by Mormon Leaders are rhetorical statements. But what if the LDS leaders meant something else? It is estimated that more than 1-1.5 million Mormons have resigned from the LDS Church since 1995. This book exposes why there is such a recent, formal abandonment of Mormonism by, in many cases, previously devout members of the Church.

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