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CONTACT: Fred Karger 619-592-2008
Switzerland Throws Out Mormon Missionaries
All 13 Mormon Members of Congress Fight Back
What Would a President Romney Do?
Washington, DC Â– The story just leaked out that all 13 Mormon members of the United States Congress sent a strong letter to the Swiss Ambassador to the United States. The 13 letter signers were protesting the Swiss GovernmentÂ’s banning of Mormon Missionaries from that county. This was reported yesterday in The Salt Lake Tribune: CLICK HERE
The one page letter signed by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and four other United States Senators and eight House members was sent to Swiss Ambassador Urs Ziswiler and said, Â“We earnestly petition the Swiss Government to reconsider its decision and work with us and the LDS Church to find a solution which would permit LDS Missionaries to continue to perform their missionary service in Switzerland as they have done since 1850.Â”
Copy of Congressional Letter to Swiss Ambassador: CLICK HERE
Swiss Ambassador ZiswilerÂ’s letter back to the 13 members of Congress — Thanks, but no thanksÂ… CLICK HERE
U.S. Ambassador & Mormon Church Leader(s)
Meet With Swiss Government Officials
In his letter, the Swiss Ambassador refers to one recent meeting to discuss the situation between high ranking Swiss Government officials and the United States Ambassador to Switzerland Don Beyer, and at least one top Mormon Church leader, a Mr. E. Weidman.
How much other lobbying, regarding their Missionaries, has Senate Leader Harry Reid and the other 12 Mormon members of the U.S Congress done before with foreign government leaders?
What Would President Mitt Romney Do?
It begs the question, if Mitt Romney was elected President of the United States, would he take orders from the Mormon Church President like these 13 members of Congress have just done?
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) requires Â“obedienceÂ” to the Church over family and country, period.
These five rogue Senators and eight House Members are attempting to conduct U.S. foreign policy on behalf of their faith.
Their letter to the Swiss Government states:
“It would be a great tragedy for our two nations if the long-standing missionary program of the LDS Church in Switzerland were terminated,” the members wrote. “Switzerland can have no more enthusiastic, lifetime ambassadors in the United States than these young people when they return home.”
Words like Â“our two nationsÂ” and Â“lifetime ambassadorsÂ” sure sound like diplomat-speak to me.
Mormon Church Prosecuted and Investigated in California
As a political watchdog, IÂ’ve spent the last 2 Â½ years researching the political practices of the Mormon Church. I filed a complaint against the Mormon Church with the California Fair Political Practices Commission two years ago that led to its prosecution, an 18 month investigation, a guilty finding and a fine; all for election law violations during the Mormon ChurchÂ’s direct involvement in CaliforniaÂ’s Proposition 8 campaign in 2008.
Did Senate Leader Harry Reid Organize this Foreign Lobbying Campaign?
The group that signed was led by United States Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV). Reid was joined by both United States Senators from Utah, Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Robert Bennett (R-UT), Senator Michael Crapo (R-ID) and Senator Tom Udall (D-NM).
There were eight House Members who also signed the letter to the Swiss Government, Jeff Flake (R-AZ), Wally Herger (R-CA), Howard Â“BuckÂ” McKeon (R-CA), Mike Simpson (R-ID), Dean Heller (R-NV) and all three House members from Utah: Rob Bishop (R-UT), Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) and Jim Matheson (D-UT).
State Department Investigation Called For
Because the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon Church) was in direct contact with officials of a foreign government, and even used a United States Ambassador on its behalf, I hereby request the United States Department of State conduct a full investigation of all lobbying activities and all other actions taken by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and members of Congress with the Government of Switzerland and all other counties that the Mormon Church is in direct contact with.
cc: The Honorable Hillary Clinton,
Secretary of State
The Honorable John Kerry,
Chairman, U.S Senate Committee on Foreign Relations
The Honorable Howard Berman,
Chairman, U.S. House Committee on Foreign Affairs
The Honorable Barbara Boxer,
Chair, U.S. Senate Select Committee on Ethics
The Honorable Zoe Lofgren,
Chair, U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Standards of Official Conduct