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They say that Bill Clinton was the first “Black” President and that Barrack Obama was the first “gay” President but “they” need to end the pretend and prepare to live with the reality that, most assuredly, the 45th President of these United States will be a Mormon. And no, Barrack Obama is not going to convert … again. I’m speaking of former Massachusetts Governor,Mitt Romney. Along with media mogul Glenn Beck and America’s painter Jon McNaughton, Romney has headlined what can only be called “the year of the Mormon.”

Up until now, followers of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints were the annoying bell-ringers at the door sporting the nicer suit and the better haircut than the Jehovah’s Witnesses. Recently graduated to the brunt of polygamy jokes on cable’s BIG LOVE, and on Broadway’s THE BOOK OF MORMON – The Musical, Mormons even made an appearance on ESPN as a “roll your eyes” slight in a reporter’s comments about the benching of BYU’s star basketball player. Did he take money from an agent? Shoot up with performance enhancing drugs? No, Brandon Davies breached Brigham Young’s honor code for “fornication.” Do “Christian” colleges still do that?

Early on, cynical pollsters predicted that the “Bible Belt” wing of the Republican Party would never accept a Mormon for President. Of course these are the same hamburglers that predicted Republicans aren’t welcoming of Catholics, blacks, or women, either. If you haven’t noticed that pretty much describes the 2012 Republican Primary team picture, which can only mean that the pollsters in the major media were hoping that Republicans would not run anyone this year. Let’s see, Bachmann led early, she is a woman; then the Cain Train took off; I believe that he is black; and then there was the back and forth between the two Catholics, Gingrich and Santorum and who could forget Jon Huntsman, the Democrat. Actually Huntsman is a RINO but he is a Mormon RINO who thoroughly energized the race when he got out of the way and let his daughters turn on the charm. Yeah, that’s it; even one of the most epic of failures in the history of Republican nominees demonstrated some Mormon prestige when he showcased Mary Anne, Liddy, and Abby.

As a pastor, I know that there are a few fringe hardliners that won’t allow their pristine souls to vote for a Mormon. Don’t waste your time with these, they are invincibly ignorant. Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama are all professing Christians but in a sane world, the litmus test should run beyond professions of faith to confessions of worldview.

Baptist Minister, Tori Dean Swingrover shows how he negotiated the “other faith” mine-field, “It has been very difficult for me to bring myself to vote for a Mormon for office because of the extreme differences between Mormonism and mainstream Christianity. But after studying in the book of Isaiah, where the pagan, Persian king Cyrus is called ‘messiah’ because he helped the Jews; I realized that I can vote for a Mormon whose policies will benefit our nation. I can continue to disagree with his religion, while still supporting him as President.”

If someone says to you, “I can’t vote for a Mormon” ask them if they could vote for a “Jew,” then step back and watch their head explode. Not only would I vote for Rabbi Daniel Lapin, I’d bundle money, go door to door, run a phone bank, even self- circumcise with a dull shard from a broken Mogen David bottle, just to have the chance to vote for the man.

Did I mention that I am a minister of the Gospel of Christ? Yes, I am one of those dreaded Evangelicals who believe in the fundamentals of the Bible and I think that this Mormon will be an infinitely better President than the “Christian” that we have now. And when Mormons all over the world crack open a bottle of sparkling grape juice to celebrate his win; they can thank another Mormon for laying the tracks to the victory:

Glenn Beck:

Glenn Beck may have been a lot of things prior to September 11th, 2001; but for me he has been a gift, heaven sent, ever since. Go ahead, commence the inquisition; I said it and I meant it. While the majority of evanjellyfish have abandoned the battle-ground for the play-ground, it’s a group of Catholic Bishops and a Mormon talk radio host who are standing fast on the hallowed ground. With the exception of Billy and Franklin Graham and Jim Garlow’s 1500 strong Black Robe Regiment, the evangelical world has gone AWOL and then has the crust to bemoan “that Mormon” Glenn Beck’s prominence. I’ve actually heard some of my peers attack brother David Barton just for his association with Beck. Let me help you with this one, lads. Put your feet up, get nice and comfortable in your lounge chairs, we can’t hear what you murmur anyway. The sound of battle down here, in the arena, drowns out your sorry, emasculated whimpers.

Jon McNaughton:

Just as our founders had the timeless artistry of Charles Wilson Peale to chronicle the great battle in which they were thrust, we are blessed to have Jon McNaughton call a nation to arms in defense of their prize won – freedom. There simply is no stronger voice in American culture today that consistently speaks out against the abuses of Barack Obama and his progressive banditti. His sword is his brush and it’s as sharp and pointed as any thrust that Thomas Paine or Patrick Henry ever leveled. So strong indeed that even his alma mater, Brigham Young, had his paintings removed from the University store.

David Steiger, founder of Bible Boot Camp has had his differences with Mormon theology, even debating doctrinal variances between Mormonism and classic Christianity; yet when asked to comment on the glaring absence of evangelical leaders and the forthright, tip-of-the-spear charge of these three men, he states, “Oh, and before we part, a quick shout out to my evangelical Christian friends. Beck, McNaughton and Romney; whether you agree with their motivation for doing the right thing or not, guess what? They’re smoking you. They’re not sitting back with smiles on their faces, the latest Karen Kingsbury novel in their hands on a comfy couch in the privacy of their nice warm living rooms. They’re not rejoicing in an apathetic stupor because they’ve ‘read the end of the Book,’ these guys are out there, they’re in the mix, and they’re getting it done.”

Learn more about Jon McNaughton’s artwork at his YouTube channel:

Image: Top: The Forgotten Man; by Jon McNaughton
Image: Left: One Nation Under Socialism; by Jon McNaughton

John Kirkwood

John Kirkwood is a son of Issachar. He is a Zionist, gun-toting, cigar-smoking, incandescent light bulb-using, 3.2 gallon flushing, fur-wearing, Chinese (MSG) eating, bow-hunting, SUV driving, unhyphenated American man who loves his wife, isn't ashamed of his country and does not apologize for his Christianity. He Pastors Grace Gospel Fellowship Bensenville, where "we the people" seek to honor "In God we Trust." He hosts the Christian wake up call IN THE ARENA every Sunday at noon on AM 1160 and he co-hosts UnCommon Sense, the Christian Worldview with a double shot of espresso on He is the proud homeschooling dad of Konnor, Karter and Payton and the "blessed from heaven above" husband of the Righteous and Rowdy Wendymae.