No, not the same. One side is racist, bigoted, Nazi. The other opposes racism and bigotry. Morally different universes.— Mitt Romney (@MittRomney) August 16, 2017
Now Romney is entitled to his opinion but it is worth pointing out that Mitt Romney is a Mormon and a graduate of Brigham Young University. As a Mormon, Romney is required to "affirm" that Brigham Young was a prophet of God in the same way that Isaiah was a prophet. What did this prophet have to say about blacks, specifically about miscegenation?
For Marriage to an African. Brigham Young said: "Shall I tell you the law of God in regard to the African race? If the white man who belongs to the chosen seed mixes his blood with the seed of Cain, the penalty, under the law of God is death on the spot. This will always be so" (Journal of Discourses, vol. 10, p. 110).This is in the Journal of Discourses and is stated by a "prophet" who claims it to be the law of God, the mixing of the races carries the penalty of death. If someone is divinely chosen to be a prophet of God and says that something is the law of God, a "Thus sayeth the Lord" if ever there was one, the question becomes one of two options. Was Brigham Young wrong, in which case he can hardly be called a prophet, or was Brigham Young right and mormonism ought to enforce this law of blood atonement for miscegenation? The mormon "church" taught until 1978 that blacks were accursed and barred from the "restored priesthood", right up to the point where God magically changed his mind and the mormon church published Official Declaration 2 granting blacks the "priesthood". For the record, Official Declaration 1 records God again conveniently changing His mind and revoking polygamy. So much for a new and everlasting covenant that lasted for less than 50 years. Many religions, including some denominations of Christianity, had racist views but none were so adamant about them as mormonism.
In Salt Lake City stands a statue memorializing a famous racist...
|Brigham Young Monument, Salt Lake City, UT|
The mormon "church" still sells and uses the teachings of Brigham Young as an official resource.
The flagship university of mormonism, Brigham Young University, still bears his name.
Mormonism was racist to the core long before the KKK was even dreamed of.
Mitt should heed the advice of Jesus for a change and examine the plank in the collective eye of his own "church" before he goes spouting off about the mote in the eyes of someone else.