Mitt Romney’s town hall debate response to a young woman’s question about women and equal pay went viral.
With the flurry of attention on women’s issues, now is an important time to take a look at the Mormon Church’s views on women. Voters should consider how its views might affect Romney’s positions.
Binders. Full. Of. Women. There were many heated exchanges during the recent town hall debate between President Obama and Mitt Romney. But these four words uttered by Romney set off an Internet firestorm almost immediately.
And since the debate, they’ve brought a renewed focus on Romney’s position on women’s issues. One thing voters should consider is how Romney’s Mormon faith affects his opinion on these issues.
He seems to think that being a champion of women in the workplace means making sure they can get home in time to cook dinner.
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Below are a few noteworthy talking points on the Mormon Church’s views on women:
The Mormon Church doesn’t allow women to hold leadership positions.
When Joseph Smith and his father organized the Mormon Church, they created an ecclesiastical structure with distinct purposes and privileges for Church members. They called the privileges “priesthoods,” and only male Church members could receive such honors.
Even today, Mormon women cannot join the priesthood. No woman is on “Area Seventy,” a governing group representing the Quorum of Twelve, an LDS Church governing body, or can ever be a president or prophet of the LDS Church.
The Mormon Church believes a woman’s place is in the home. It is still a widely held practice that Mormon women should be homemakers and produce the children, while Mormon men should be the breadwinners. If a strife or problem arises in the home, it is the woman’s fault, not the man’s.
I present as evidence Thomas Monson’s, LDS Church president, explanation presented in Pathways to Perfection: Discourses of Thomas Monson. Monson writes:
How might we as leaders live righteously? I believe first of all there should be a good relationship between each man and his wife.
Page 2 of 2 - A man cannot be an effective teacher, leader, or counselor if at home there is bickering and quarreling, if his wife is forever nagging him and suggesting that he should have been an engineer, that he should have been an architect, or should have gone into this field or that field.
But if the wife is supportive, if she lets her husband know that he is engaged in the greatest work that a man could possibly pursue, that she sustains him with all her heart and with all her soul, I have a feeling that he will do the same with her and sustain her in her role as a homemaker, as a companion, as a wife, as a mother.
The Mormon Church holds that a woman gets to Heaven via her husband. The Church’s doctrine states that the only way for a Mormon woman to reach the highest levels of Heaven is for her to be married. Her husband is her way to paradise, not her belief in God.
Relegation of women to second-class status began with Joseph Smith’s revelation of polygamy, which forced women to accept the practice by men or be punished by God. In 1843 Smith produced a revelation called “For Time and Eternity,” which claimed God ordained him and other men in the priesthood with rights of polygamy.
The LDS Church leaders still believe this was God’s commandment during that time period and have never denied the validity of Smith’s doctrines, but hold that in 1890 the LDS prophet of the day was told by God not to follow polygamy any longer.
It’s certainly true that many religions have questionable histories when it comes to women’s rights. Those who think Romney’s religion shouldn’t be called into question ask why we aren’t asking President Obama about Christianity’s history of discriminating against women.
But we know where President Obama stands with women, don’t we? We know he’s pro-choice. We know he believes in equal pay.
It’s difficult to achieve that same clarity when you start examining Mitt Romney’s past statements and constantly changing views on women’s issues.