Terry Tempest Williams is, according to Laura Flanders of The Nation, “an essayist, environmentalist, author, advocate, connection maker.” That is quite a business card. Here’s the relevant part of an interview she gave Flanders:
Flanders: A lot of people right now, looking at the presidential candidacy of Mitt Romney, are very afraid of what they hear about Mormonism: the Temple, the secrets, the ideas about dominion. What about those parts of Mormonism?
Williams: I think there is reason to fear the Mormon Church. I would say the Mormon Church is a corporation. They have huge holdings and tremendous power and regardless of what candidate Mitt Romney says, I believe that [if Romney is elected president] the Mormon Church will have a say in governance. It will be subtle, it will be invisible, but it will be there.
Flanders: What would it look like?
Williams: I think we just have to look at [Proposition 8] the proposition in California against gay marriage. That would be an example….
Now, in fairness, I should post the tough follow-up question Flanders posed to Williams. Wait. Sorry. There isn’t one. The interview just ends there.
Trying to combat charges of subtle and invisible influence is a losing game. Just ask the Jews. That’s why it’s irresponsible and unfair to make such charges. And besides, the example Williams gives of subtle and invisible influence by the Church was . . . actually really visible and unsubtle. (Maybe she hasn’t made the connection between words and their meaning?) The Church openly backed the Proposition, and was very public in encouraging its members to give money and time to support its passage.
We’d love someone to come forward with, you know, actual evidence that the Church has had a “say in governance” when one of its members has served in Congress or as Governor; even better would be some evidence that the Church had a “say in governance” while Mitt Romney was Governor of Massachusetts. And while we’re dealing with evidence, it should be noted that we have plenty from his runs for the Senate and the Governorship that Mitt Romney is willing to take positions that don’t sit well with many leaders and members of the Church.
On an unrelated note, I believe that Terry Tempest Williams is beholden to invisible influence from Exxon Mobil. I can’t prove it, but believe me, it’s there.
One final question: What sort of follow-up questions do you think Flanders or one of her colleagues from The Nation would pose someone who asserted that President Obama is subject to subtle and invisible influence by Jeremiah Wright or Bill Ayers?