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12/25/12

Associated Press calls DUI Republican Senator 'Mormon Teetotaller'

US senator from Idaho facing DUI charge cultivated reputation as a teetotaling Mormon

This is the bizarre title of an Associated Press/ Fox News article about Mike Crapo's DUI arrest. The Idaho Republican admitted being under the influence of alcohol during the traffic stop. As a Mormon he isn't supposed to consume alcoholic beverages.

Why did Associated Press label him a teetotaler?

Richard Turner coined the word teetotaler in 1833. Turner was an awkward and stuttering evangelical preacher who declared that modern society should "be reet down and out-and-out t-t-total for ever and ever."

The popular media of the early 1800's grabbed hold of this gaffe and labeled the anti-alcoholic movement 'teetotalism'. The movement sought to replace beer with Christian hymns and lessons on morality. Their "crusades in favor of ethical legislation that would impose Christian standards of behavior on the general populace" were unique in their extreme message. They had "dramatic meetings" and strong denunciations of the evil of alcohol which wandered into denunciations of dancing, modern clothing and modern music.

Of course Mormonism has nothing to do with any of this. Mormons aren't trying to ban alcohol. Just more anti-conservative spin from the leftist Associated Press.

This isn't the first time Fox News teamed up with Associated Press to slam conservatives and Mormons. News Corp led the charge against Mitt Romney for his honest assessment of the London Olympics. Fox News joined the false attack on Romney over his tax returns. Fox News bashed Romney as obviously not Christian and lied about Mormons.

AP's full article dwells on Mormonism and Republicans, with a list of Republicans who got DUIs. They continue the bizarre imagery from the 1800s prohibition movement by suggesting that Crapo was around in the 1800's. AP reports that Crapo opposed alcohol when the church first started their anti-alcohol stance:

Crapo raised the stakes by projecting an image of a diligent member of the faith and — at least outwardly — following church founder Joseph Smith's 1833 revelation in which he advised members that "strong spirits are not for the belly."


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