The reason I mention this nearly two-month old article is that it has surfaced on Free Republic, posted by anti-Mormon "Greyfoxx39." It begins with a selectively highlighted copy of the article (which probably violates Ms. Skagg's copyrights if there are any) and then includes this analysis from Greyfoxx39:
"This article illustrates the dirty campaigning that was done by Romney and his sycophants beginning in the 2008 electoral cycle when they were hoping to harm Governor Palin’s reputation to the point she wouldn’t be a viable candidate in the future. All to pave the way for Mitt. And in 2012 these tactics were used against all the other primary candidates in order again, to pave the way for Mitt.
"I don't believe Tagg Romney. I believe that Mitt not only wanted the presidency, but he believed he was foreordained by way of the mormon religion to become the "man on the White Horse". The mormon leaders had already planned ahead for a blitz campaign to convert others including Christians, because there is an attitude of "specialness" and belief that the sect in the future will rule the world fostered by the religion in its members.
"Instead, Mitt Romney has given this country four more disastrous years of Barack Obama."
Update #1 on 12/30/2012
It appears that a new thread has emerged that highlights this article on FR. Here's the thread:
Nice to know that Grayfoxx39 is one of our regular readers! Now if he'd just stop illegally copying entire articles in violation of copyright laws! Fair use includes copying relevant parts of articles, not copying them in their entirety and posting them on FR. Jimbo Robinson has gotten in to legal trouble in the past for not enforcing copyright law among his minions.
Update #2 on 12/30/2012
There's a Freeper sticking up for us on this thread. (Go boy!) The antis have taken the argument down this path: Mormons think they're superior to everyone--that's why they hate us.
This goes to an interesting place. Theologically, the big difference between evangelicals (like most of the antis on Free Republic claim to be) and Mormons is an argument over faith and works. This actually goes back thousands of years long before Mormons came along. Christians burned one another over the stake regarding it. Martin Luther, the chief inventor of the "by grace alone" camp interpreted Paul's works in a way that balanced the focus on God's grace and the evidence of faith demonstrated by one's works. Unfortunately, many modern evangelicals have gone so far to upset that balance that they would never lift a finger to do a good work lest they be accused of relying on their works instead of faith. It's not a reasonable argument at all.
Mormons' view is almost identical to Martin Luther's. We believe that we are all sinners in need of Christ's grace. We believe that salvation is not possible without it. We also believe that, without good works, faith is dead being alone, as the Epistle of James in the New Testament says. We balance the two instead of throwing out all mention of good works.
So here's the essence of tonight's fight. When the antis say we're superior, they are showing a sense of insecurity at the prospect that their works are not good. In the case of anti-Mormons, that's for certain. Inciting hate against another religion is not of God. So when Mormons try to actually live the gospel and keep the commandments of God, expecting that we will be judged according to our works, it makes them feel inferior. Even when we are imperfect sinners, at least we are trying. We don't abandon the effort to strive to do good, even when others accuse us of relying on works.
To my Freeper "friends," your works speak for themselves. We'll leave it in God's hands to judge our works.