Now to be fair, not every US president was a Protestant Christian. Just view the Wiki article at Religious affiliations of Presidents of the United State entitled Religious affiliations of Presidents of the United States. Some actually embraced Deism, some embraced Unitarianism, and a couple were Quakers.
But that’s not the big question. We have had chronic unemployment here for a few years. So let’s ask this question:
- What has Perry Backer’s church done to help reduce unemployment?
- What has the Mormon faith done to help reduce unemployment?
For the record, I am not Mormon. I belong to the Christian faith and I’m somewhat familiar with the theologies of Roman Catholicism, Eastern Orthodoxy, and Protestantism. And I’m familiar with the doctrines of Mormonism, Islam, Hinduism, Judaism, and Buddhism. So if I write on what Mormonism is doing about unemployment, it’s not as a faith-based member.
My personal story
I was part of the several thousand people Motorola laid off. Motorola did pay for an agency to help us find work – for a couple of months. Afterwards, I used the services of Roman Catholic, Protestant, Mormon, Jewish and non-profit agencies. And I spent several months using these various free services. The most help for me came from the Mormon, Catholic and Jewish sectors.
In Lisle Illinois, the Mormon faith has a free employment service (i.e. one of many in the US and abroad). It’s called LDS Employment Resource Services and I spend several months using their services. The caliber of the LDS services is very high. They do have virtual offices you can use and counselors that aid with resumes, cover letters, etc.
Here’s one thing I would add. Nobody from any of the Mormon, Roman Catholic, Protestant or Jewish centers would try to convert me. I did have some Evangelical friends out of work. They would refuse to seek any help from a Roman Catholic or Mormon employment resource. Yet I’ll bet they wouldn’t refuse medical services based upon a doctor’s religious beliefs.
On Friday, the Mormons had a job club where folks could meet each week. To be fair, there was also a job club at some Roman Catholic churches. Even the College of Dupage had a job club – you just needed to pay $5 a month.
The LDS employment agency held a half day seminar devoted to starting your own business. Later I branched out to using SCORE and Small Business Development Center resources.
I would also urge you to use Roman Catholic, Protestant and Jewish services, as well as non-profit and community college employment services.
Note to Perry:
Not all historical US presidents were ‘traditional’ Christians. Can you please answer my original question? What has Perry Backer’s church done to help reduce unemployment?
- Romney’s religion called ‘cult’ by Perry backer (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- Perry backer: Romney in a ‘cult,’ not a Christian (thegreatone22.wordpress.com)
- Mormons beliefs once again under attack (sfgate.com)
- Catholic League’s Donohue Attacks Anti-Catholic Robert Jeffress (lezgetreal.com)
- Randall Balmer: Fundamentalists, Mormons and the “Christian” Question (huffingtonpost.com)
- Mormons Are Not Christians, Pastors Say In New Survey, But Clergy Defend Romney Against Attacks (huffingtonpost.com)
- Perry backer: Romney in a ‘cult,’ not a Christian (sfgate.com)
- James Peron: Hate: The Tie That Binds the Religious Right (huffingtonpost.com)
- Pastor Jeffress To Maher: The Left Has Been Kind To Me After Anti-Mormon Comments (mediaite.com)