Michael Farris
Chairman of Home School Legal Defense Association

Mitt Romney has been invited to speak in the past at Value Voter’s conferences. One of the many reasons given to vote for Mitt Romney is that he supposedly shares the values or worldview of many on the Christian Right. This does not bode well, if we share his values. Michael Farris, founder of the Home School Legal Defense Association, joins that chorus in essentially endorsing Romney. He denies that it is an endorsement and claims it is only a public proclamation of who he intends to vote for.  This is his prerogative, of course, but it makes no practical difference. When a man of his stature tells us who he is voting for and why, it becomes every bit as influential as an endorsement. His Facebook post with the essay has been shared 600 times already.

Mike Huckabee too chimed in this week reiterating his view that we share fundamental values with Romney:

Presidential nominee Mitt Romney will be a “pro-life president…We have two very different world views represented with these two candidates.”

Governor, I respectfully disagree.

So, the question remains. Which values does Romney have that we as Christians hold?  Like Farris, I share the first part of this by sharing what I will do, rather than what I think others should do. That too, however, is a silly distinction. When I publicly tell you who I am going to vote for and go to such great lengths to tell you why, it is because I want others to join me.  If it were for “information purposes” only, I could easily keep my intentions secret or simply say “I am voting for Romney” and leave it at that.  Because I think my reasons are sound, and Biblically reasoned, I share them here.  I could be wrong.  But show me, from the SCRIPTURES.  So, while I say what I am going to do, understand clearly that I want you to join me.

I cannot vote for Romney because I am a Christian. I cannot vote for him because he does not share my values, nor can he, for he is not a believer.

What fellowship, says God’s word, hath darkness with light? He does not recognize the Bible as authoritative. He believes in many gods. He believes he will be one of them. HE BELIEVES that God was once a man. He believes that God has a father and mother. 

He believes it is okay to kill tens of thousands of babies just because their fathers were criminals. Just three weeks ago he said he won’t protect babies whose mothers are sick of carrying them*.  He thinks having Boy Scout leaders who are homosexual is a good idea. Now which important values is it that I am supposed to consider like my own? According to many Scriptures, a civil leader must Fear God, Kiss the Son and believe in the Ten Commandments (even if he keeps them poorly). Romney does none of these things. He is not qualified to be president. Period.

For those of you who still hold to Biblical values but have voted for–or intend to vote for–Romney, I ask a couple of sets of questions.

First, where do you draw the line? Romney is a polytheist (many gods). Would you vote for an atheist? A Satanist? A Wiccan? A Scientologist? Surely one’s worldview affects how one rules doesn’t it?

Second, how many babies does Romney have to say he will not protect before you will say enough is enough.  He has already said that he will “protect and defend” a woman’s right to choose to kill her children if she is sick and tired of carrying her them, which means “every abortion”.  (This was two weeks ago, not years ago, before his “conversion”). He, his wife, and his sister have all said you will have to look elsewhere to find someone who will lift one finger to protect one unborn child.

No, I cannot ask God to have this man rule over me.(and you shouldn’t either)


*Strangely, Farris gives Romney a “2” on abortion on a scale of 1-4, suggesting that Romney is willing to “listen to us.”  





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  1. WHAT IS WRONG, seriously wrong, with Michael Farris’ position endorsing Mitt Romney is revealed by Farris himself. He says that he looks at candidates “in one of four ways: 1. Those who are very supportive of my views. 2. Those who will listen to my views. 3. Those who are indifferent to my views. 4. Those who are openly hostile to my views.” Notice anything that is missing as Farris judges candidates? God and His Word are missing. Farris’ ways of choosing candidates are all about HIM and what HE thinks. But, for Christians, God’s Word is the primary standard. And when Romney — a Mormon, an unbeliever — is measured by God’s Word there is no way a Christian can vote for him.

    Romney, as a Mormon, denies the Trinity and believes, as Mormonism teaches, that Jesus is the spiritual brother of Lucifer. Thus, he is, according to Biblical/Christian teaching, an unbeliever, an anti-Christ. So, the question then is: Are Christians allowed by God to choose as a ruler a person who denies the Son of God, the Lord Jesus Christ, the second person of the Trinity?

    Well, what does God say in His Word on this subject of His people choosing rulers? He says, among other things, that we must choose rulers who are “God-fearing.” In Deuteronomy 1:13 God tells His people: “Take you wise men, and understanding, and known among your tribes, and I will make them rulers over you.” And in Exodus 18:21 He says: “Moreover thou shalt provide out of all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness; and place such over them, to be rulers of thousands , and rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens.”

    So, the question about Romney is: Is he a “God-fearing” man , a “man of truth” if he denies Christ and the Trinity. Of course not. Then we must not choose him for a ruler.

    And there are other more general Bible verses that I believe apply to the issue of choosing rulers. For example, God’s Word tells us that whatsoever is not “of faith” is sin (Romans 14:23.) In addition, God’s Word also tells us that all that we do must be done for the glory of God (1 Corinthians 10:31.) And Colossians 3:17 says that “whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.”

    So, again, questions arise. Is a vote for the Christ-denying, Trinity-denying Romney “of faith?” No. Does voting to choose a ruler who believes what Romney believes glorify God? No. Would a vote to choose Romney as one of our rulers be a vote “in the Name of Jesus?” No.

    John Lofton, Recovering Republican

    Editor, Archive.TheAmericanView

    Active Facebook Wall

    Romney pro-abortion, from his own lips:

  2. Dr. Farris responded on Facebook to my defense of not voting with the following remarks:

    ” Here is a Bible story that comes to mind regarding standing on the sidelines and remaining silent.

    Mark 3:1-6 Another time he went into the synagogue, and a man with a shriveled hand was there. 2 Some of them were looking for a reason to accuse Jesus, so they watched him closely to see if he would heal him on the Sabbath. 3 Jesus said to the man with the shriveled hand, “Stand up in front of everyone.”

    4 Then Jesus asked them, “Which is lawful on the Sabbath: to do good or to do evil, to save life or to kill?” But they remained silent.

    5 He looked around at them in anger and, deeply distressed at their stubborn hearts, said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He stretched it out, and his hand was completely restored.

    6 Then the Pharisees went out and began to plot with the Herodians how they might kill Jesus.”

    There is a problem with Dr Farris’s reading of that text. It assumes Jesus actually said “Which is lawful on the Sabbath: to do evil or to do less evil, to kill a million babies or to kill a thousand babies?”

    Our defense of voting for Romney is destroying sound Biblical reasoning. Just vote for Romney, stop trying to justify it – it only makes it worse.

  3. What we’re being asked to practice by so many so-called leaders is “safe voting.”

    It’s a lot like “safe sex.” Hey, it’s hunky-dory to have sex with anyone you want–as long as you use a condom!

    Now, on to “safe voting.” Hey, you ain’t gotta love the guy, but it’s A-OK to vote for any ol’ snake-oil salesman you want–as long as they’re electable and can oust Obama!

    Both philosophies may appear “safe” in the short term (even though they
    really aren’t), but exactly how safe are these philosophies in the long

  4. Oh, one more thing–it seems to me that most conservatives who are voting for Romney don’t seem very willing to spell out exactly what their minimum criteria are for voting for a candidate. IOW,

    A candidate for President must have X, Y, and Z. If not, then I will vote for someone else or not vote at all.

    Maybe they just want to hedge their bets? 😉

    I actually wouldn’t be surprised if some of them would indeed vote for a Wiccan or for an atheist:

    Well, at least he’s an American citizen!!!! 😉

  5. So, are you suggesting we vote for President Obama, who promotes “homosexual marriage” (which is an oxymoron) and promotes abortion in every instance – and who no longer defends marriage between a man and a woman – and who is considered the most biblically hostile President we have ever had? God help us.

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