Mitt Romney called on Roy Moore to step aside from the Alabama Senate race based on allegations of sexual impropriety that go back nearly 40 years.
He went on to tweet the following:
Mitt Romney is a faithful Mormon, a religion founded by Joseph Smith. Not only is the theology of Mormonism suspect and cultish, but it has some very big sexual abnormalities in its historical closet.
Unlike the unsubstantiated accusations against Roy Moore, the facts related to the founder of Mormonism are beyond dispute. Consider the following:
Joseph Smith married Fanny Agler when she was 16 and he was 28, Sarah Ann Whitney when she was 17 and he was 37, Flora Ann Woodwarth when she was 16 and he was 38, Lucy Walker when she was 17 and he was 38, Sarah Lawrence when she was 17 and he was 38 (busy month!), Sarah’s sister Maria Lawrence when she was 19 and he was 38, Helen Mar Kimball when she was 14 and he was 38, Nancy Mariah Winchester when she was 14 and he was 39.
Smith, Brigham Young, and other Mormons practiced polygamy. It took rulings by the Supreme Court to abolish the practice.
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Mormon leaders have acknowledged . . . that the church’s founder and prophet, Joseph Smith, portrayed in church materials as a loyal partner to his loving spouse Emma, took as many as 40 wives, some already married and one only 14 years old. . . . [F]or his first wife, Emma, polygamy was “an excruciating ordeal.” (New York Times)’