Are you drinking the Kool Aid? The Mormon Church disavows backing of "The White Horse Prophecy" (WHP) as part of official church doctrine. YouTube video is recording of 1843 Joseph P Smith Jr. WHP by Edwin Rushton and only made public after Smith's death. Yet, despite church efforts, many suspect WHP is a secret Mormon doctrine. Sally Denton summarizes Morman tradition in January Salon article, "Romney And The White Horse Prophecy." Denton reports origins of Mormon belief in WHP:
"Romney avoids mentioning it, but Smith ran for president in 1844 as an independent commander in chief of an “army of God” advocating the overthrow of the U.S. government in favor of a Mormon-ruled theocracy...Out of Smith’s national political ambitions grew what would become known in Mormon circles as the “White Horse Prophecy” — a belief ingrained in Mormon culture and passed down through generations by church leaders that the day would come when the U.S. Constitution would “hang like a thread as fine as a silk fiber” and the Mormon priesthood would save it."
Webster Tarpley suspects similarly in a recent podcast: there are exoteric and esoteric doctrines, the WHP falls under the latter, i.e., it's a secret Mormon doctrine. Tarpley surveys WHP in detail and will be coming out with report on the "Romney tradition." A sharper criticism with greater insight comes from azrefugee in a Daily Kos entry, "Romney and Mormons think he is Preordained to be President," because author relates experience within church and cites Morman doctrine:
"The church tends to gloss over a lot of the old teachings these days, they want to be relevant and some of the teachings are downright bizarre. But yes, Mormons believed (and still do I presume) in the White Horse Prophecy. However, there is much more to the story..."
"The first thing I should attempt to explain is PreOrdination. Mormons believe that we were alive in heaven before we came to earth...They also believe that before we come we are given tasks that we will need to fulfill...this differs from Predestination. Mormons believe completely in free will. Predestination would remove free will. So thus, Mormons are instead preordained. It is entirely possible, and I would even say probable that Romney believes he is preordained to be President. And so do most Mormons. One cannot know what Mormons believe and dismiss the probability that they are connecting the dots between the White Horse Prophecy and Romney's run for the White House..."
"I don't have a problem personally with what Mormons believe privately. Or any other religion. But if Romney who is steeped in Mormon culture and lore even halfway believes any of this, yeah, it starts to be a problem. Such a person in a position of power, who has a completely different vision of America, who cannot but help listen to the dictates of the Prophet and Quorum of 12 Apostles, well, I can't even begin to imagine the possibilities. Can you?"
Azrefugee is sharing his reservations about a leader who has drank the Kool Aid! Wow, it's a scary prospect!