A Romney speaks out against the Mormon Church

US Presidential candidate Mitt Romney, trying to appeal to as many people as he can, is loathe to talk directly about his Mormon faith.

Fortunately for us, he has a cousin more willing to speak up about what he calls a "cult". Park Romney was no casual church member, either; he was a former high priest, now turned against the Church and telling an insider's story:

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.

That's not different in tone from what any number of outspoken ex-Mormons have to say, but Park Romney's family connection guarantees him a very public podium this year. Head to the article and enjoy!

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So what makes his cousins word more reliable than his?

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Is Mitt Romney's cousin telling the truth when he says that the Mormon Church willingly misleads members? 

That's a matter to be determined by investigation of the claims.

But consider this:

One side (the Mormon church and its believing followers) makes the claims (among many others) that a magical being revealed golden plates to Joseph Smith, who translated them from "reformed Egyptian" into English with the aid of a magical "seer stone" which enabled revelations from the Supreme Being of the universe... that a tripartite heaven (the celestial kingdom, the terrestrial kingdom, and the telestial kingdom) awaits us in the afterlife... that Native Americans are descended from an ocean-crossing tribe of Israelites... and that Blacks were denied Mormon priesthood until 1978 not because of any decision by the church but by "direct commandment from the Lord".

The other side (the Romney cousin and other detractors) makes the claim that the Mormon church misleads people.

Which of these sides do you think is more likely to present evidence for its claims?

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